Homestead Weekend Workshop

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Homestead Weekend Workshop

Join like-minded Catholics at St. Joseph's Farm for a broad introduction to the basics of homesteading and farming.

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Columbus 300 W. Melvin Hill Rd Columbus, NC 28722

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About this event

Join homesteaders and farmers Joel Stroot, Jason Craig, Jim Curely, Craig Taffaro, and Thomas Van Horn on Saturday November 5th for a day packed with hands on activities and discussions:

  • Basics of Cows (Dairy & Beef)
  • Slaughtering and Butchering (Live Pig Slaughter)
  • Permaculture & Pasture Management
  • Gardening for the Home Kitchen and Preservation
  • Beekeeping
  • Candle-making
  • Butter-making
  • Prudent Preparedness

Sign-up early as space is limited. Open to the whole family.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your skill set and network with other Catholic Homesteaders!

About the presenters:

Jason Craig is the founder of St. Joseph Farm, co-founder of Fraternus, and the fumbling owner of Once Upon a Cow Micro Dairy. The Craig family has been homesteading since 2012 and started Grade A micro-dairying in 2019.

Jim Curely has been homesteading in Bethune SC for 18 years. The Curely family adventures include operating a small Catholic publishing company, more than a few pigs, and many adventures in husbandry and gardening.

Joel Stroot grew up farming. Stroot became a dentist in his adult years but returned to his farming roots at Faith Family Farm ( Stroot and his family operate a teaching farm in the permaculture style and feature all sorts of fruits, meats, and value-added products.

Thomas Van Horn started East Hill Honey Company with 2 hives in his urban backyard and grew the business to commercial scale over the past 10 years. Van Horn recently sold the retail side of his business to focus on specializing in bee sales, bulk honey production and homesteading with his family.

Craig Taffaro has been homesteading in his suburban backyard for years, but recently quit his banking job and is launching Melvin Hill Meats located across the street from St. Joseph's Farm. Taffaro is particularly interested in preserving and fermenting foods, especially beer.

Price and Schedule:

The pre-event hog-killing on Friday night is open to all registered attendees and starts at 6pm on Nov. 4th, preceded by a 5pm Low Mass (ef). (Food is only available for those staying in the house. BYOB)

The primary workshops will be held Saturday November 5th beginning at 8am.

The cost for attending the all-day conference/workshop is $175.

For those coming from out of town, overnight accommodations on St. Joseph’s Farm are available but limited to 13 male individuals. The cost for workshop+overnight stay is $250. Covers stay for Fri and Sat nights.

Camping is also available for $20.

Children are welcome and free. No baby-sitters will be there, however, and the farm is appropriately dangerous and fun. Keep an eye on your own.

The weekend includes lunch and dinner on Saturday for all participants (the pig from Friday night!) and meatless dinner for overnighters (Friday evening).