Registration – Workshop Leader


Thanks for thinking of joining the community of teachers at the festival. Our heart is to offer quality teachings on a wide variety of homesteading-related topics, and to provide an engaging and safe space for all who are interested to learn. We warmly invite members of under-represented or marginalized populations to join the community and contribute to a wonderful diversity of ideas and perspectives: this includes, but is not limited to LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC folks. Please reach out to us if you’d like to talk. We are continually learning – if you would like to see our language updated, reach out. We’re listening.

If you’re thinking of applying, but don’t have time to fill out the entire form at the moment, please fill out as much as you’re able at the moment. You can put placeholder text into any required fields you’re not ready to fill yet, and return to your application later.

That will help us have a better idea of what the topic outlook will be for the 2019 fest. Want to teach but don’t have teaching experience? Talk to us about doing a Kids’ Area Workshop or Fest Grounds Demo to get you started! If you’d like to chat about ideas, get more info about what’s required, or have any other questions, please email us and we can communicate via email or plan a call.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2019.

How we thank our teachers

We feel strongly that quality education is important. People come out to the fest to connect with others, connect with the land, and to equip themselves with skills they need to accomplish their homesteading goals. So, we do our best to provide a fantastic gratitude package for each teacher. At this point, the fest is not a profitable venture, so we are somewhat limited in our capacity. In 2017 we paid out over $5000 in teacher thank-you packages! We hope this will grow with each fest and that you’ll hang in there with us as we grow! For 2019, we are offering:

// Complimentary one-day entry ticket for yourself and your partner for each day you teach
// Lunch for yourself on each day you teach
// FREE one-day space in the festival market where you can sell your goods
// Professional headshot to use to promote your business
// Promotion of your business on our accounts
// Mileage reimbursement of up to $50 upon request
// Honorarium (please note if more than one person is teaching the workshop, the honorarium is split, andyou both get the items above).

  • Workshops:
    • 1/3 day: $75
    • 1/2 day: $100
    • Full day: $125
    • + 10% of ticket sales for your workshop, up to $100
  • Demos:
    • $100
  • Kids Workshops:
    • $50

Your account

Part of applying to be a speaker involves creating an account on this site. This site will be the hub for getting information to us, and from us!

About you

Write a short 1-paragraph bio that tells people about who you are and what you're passionate about. Please write this in the third-person, as though someone else is writing about you.

This doesn't have to be a professional photo, but a clear photo of you; preferably not in a group. (JPG or PNG, max file size of 10 MB)

About your company

Part of our mission is to connect consumers with local producers, makers, and farmers - we want to see your businesses flourish! We will post the below links on your page of our site, so people can learn more about what you do.

A transparent PNG file will look the best, but we'll take whatever you've got. (PDF, PNG or JPG, max file size of 10 MB)

Please paste the full URL to your Instagram page here.

Please paste the full URL to your Facebook page here.

Please paste the full URL to your Twitter page here.

About your workshop

This might be changed by fest organizers.

If you have a nice photo of the subject of your workshop, please upload it here (JPG, max file size 10 MB)

Brief description of your workshop.

If yes, briefly explain:

This year, the festival is spanning two days. Do you have a preference for which day your workshop is on? Please note that we can't guarantee scheduling, as there are a lot of factors that affect the schedule.

Have you taught this workshop before, and if so, how many times? Explain any other experience you have with sharing your knowledge.

This gives us more ways to promote your workshop, and build interest in it.

Each workshop time slot is 1/4-day (80 minutes).

Select all that apply

If so, how much and what type of space would be ideal?

Examples include - Pine Forest, 10-acre field, Poplar Forest, Kitchen Venue, Kids’ Tent, Animal Village (where there are coops and pens, in a fenced in area), etc.

Are there any barriers to participation? Please describe:

If you have a handout for your workshop already, we'd love to see it. If you don't have one ready yet, you can always upload it later. (PDF is preferred, but it can also be a Word .doc. Max file size of 10 MB)

please write their name(s) here, and ask each speaker to fill out this form as well, using the same workshop name.

Lesson Plan

Please read our Workshop Lesson Plan Guide (PDF). It has important tips for planning your workshop, and instructions for how to fill out the following fields:

Almost all of the speaker locations at the Festival are in tents, outdoors, and not all have electricity. Access to settings appropriate for presentations that rely on powerpoint or slides are limited. The Festival does NOT provide laptop computers for presenters. If you have a slide presentation, you must provide your own computer and appropriate connectors or display adapters.