Events

Deborah will be appearing or speaking at the following events. She also teaches a variety of homesteading classes on her farm. Click here for a complete list of on-farm classes.

Upcoming Events

Ecothrifty Living
When: 6-9 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016
Where: Illinois Valley Community College 
What: Learn how to make greener, healthier choices while saving money. Class includes learning how to make sugar scrub and laundry detergent, which you can take home to use! Click here for details and registration.

Composting
When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Where: Warrenville Public Library, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555

Intro to Homesteading
When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm, Cornell, IL
What: Tour a modern homestead and even arrive an hour early to enjoy your picnic lunch by the pond! Click here for details and registration.

Life Hacks: Baking Soda: It's not just for cooking!
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: Bloomington Public Library 205 E Olive St Bloomington, IL 61701

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
When: Saturday September 10, 2016 - Sunday, September 11, 2016 (schedule tbd)
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm, Cornell, IL
What: Click here for more details.


Past Events


Incredible Edibles Festival
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Where: Campbellford, Ontario
What: talk and book signing (more details soon!)

The Joys and Challenges of Eating Locally
When: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015
Where: Helen Matthes Library, 100 E. Market, Effingham, IL
What: talk and book signing

Modern Homesteading 101
When: 7:00 pmThursday, March 26, 2015
Where: Warrenville Public Library, Warrenville, IL

Ecothrifty Living
When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Where: Bloomington Public Library, Bloomington, IL

Cheesemaking Class
When: March 21
Where: Cacao Sweets and Treats, Grayslake, IL
What: Learn about differences between cow, goat, and sheep's milk, as well as the history of local dairy. A demonstration in making mozzarella, queso blanco, and ricotta follows, as well as information about making yogurt, buttermilk, chevre, and hard cheeses.

Urban Goatkeeping
When: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Where: Urban Agriculture Expo, Chicago
What: lecture

Introduction to Modern Homesteading
When: 6:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: class

Homesteading 101
When: 8 p.m. central time, Monday February 2, 2015
Where: online webinar!
What: Participate from the comfort of your own home or office. Click here for details and registration link.

Sheep and Goat Workshop
When: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Where: Extension Office, Kankakee, IL
What: Value-Added Products From Sheep and Goats

Introduction to Cheesemaking
When: 6:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Cheese and Soap Making classes
When: Saturday, January 24, 2015 (Cheese, 9:30 to noon; soap, 1 to 3 p.m.)
Where: Chicago
What: Click here for DIY Cheesemaking Basics and Click here for DIY Soap Making 101

Making Mozzarella
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: hands-on class on making mozzarella

National Conference of the Livestock Conservancy
When: Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, 2014
Where: Austin, TX
What: Half-day workshop Friday on Value-Added Products With Heritage Livestock

Cheese 201
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: demo class on making cheddar and Camembert cheese

Cheese 201
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Where: Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL
What: demo class on making cheddar and camembert cheese

Basics of Cheesemaking
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: demo class on making queso blanco, ricotta, and mozzarella

National Goat Expo
When: Friday, September 26, 2014
Where: McLean County Fairground, Bloomington, IL
What: talks on Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead, Value-Added Products With Dairy Goats, Raising Goats Naturally

Cheesemaking 101
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2014
Where: Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL
What: demo class on making queso blanco, ricotta, and mozzarella

The National Heirloom Exposition
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 9, 10, & 11, 2014
Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA
What: talks on Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead, Value-Added Products With Dairy Goats, Raising Goats Naturally

Third Annual Mid-America Homesteading Conference
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Where: Joliet Junior College, IL
What: talks on Raising Goats Naturally; Livestock Guardians

Third Annual Livingston County Farm Crawl
When: August 23 - 24, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks and other farms and homesteads
What: an opportunity to visit with Deborah and her husband on their farm

Goat Breeding and Birthing
When: 9:30a.m. to 12p.m., June 21, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Goats 101
When: 9:30a.m. to 12p.m., June 21, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Cheesemaking 201: Aged Cheese 

When: 10a.m. to 4p.m., June 14, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Mother Earth News Fair
When: May 31 - June 1, 2014
Where: Puyallup, WA
What: Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead, Raising Goats Naturally, Ecothrifty Living

Goat Breeding and Birthing
When: 9:30a.m. to 12p.m., May 24, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Goats 101
When: 9:30a.m. to 12p.m., May 24, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Cheesemaking Basics
When: 9:30a.m. to 12p.m., April 26, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Soapmaking 101
When: 1p.m. to 3p.m., April 26, 2014
Where: Antiquity Oaks, near Cornell, IL
What: class

Illinois Valley Herb Guild
When: 7 p.m April 15, 2014
Where:
What: Ecothrifty Living

Mother Earth News Fair
When: April 12-13
Where: Ashville, NC
What: Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead, Raising Goats Naturally, Ecothrifty Living

Illinois Valley Community College Homesteading Conference
When: 8a.m. to 5p.m., April 6, 2014
Where: Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL
What: Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead, Raising Goats Naturally, Marketing Your Farmstead Business, and Making Mozzarella

Cheesemaking
When: 9a.m. to 12p.m., March 8, 2014
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: class

Chicago Urban Livestock Expo 
When: 10a.m. to 1p.m., Feb. 22, 2014 
Where: Chicago High School for Agricultural Science, Chicago, IL
What:  

Eureka College
When: 2:00 p.m., November 2, 2013
Where: Gammon Room, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois
What: Ecothrifty Living talk and book signing

Farm Bureau
When: 10:00 a.m., November 2, 2013
Where: Farm Bureau Auditorium, Eureka, Illinois
What: Raising Goats Naturally talk and book signing

Cheesemaking
When: 9:00 a.m., October 26, 2013
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: class

Mother Earth News Fair
When: October 12-13, 2013
Where: Watson Park, Lawrence, KS
What: Raising Goats Naturally, Ecothrifty Bread, Ecothrifty Living

Mother Earth News Fair
When: September 20-22, 2013
Where: Seven Spring Resort, Seven Springs, PA
What: Raising Goats Naturally, Ecothrifty Bread, Ecothrifty Living

National Goat Expo
When: September 19, 2013
Where: McLean County Fairground, Bloomington, IL
What: Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead, Value-Added Products With Dairy Goats, Raising Goats Naturally

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
When: August 31, 2013
Where: Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
What: topics to be determined

Kirkland Public Library
When: 2:00, Sunday, June 2, 2013
Where: 308 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA
What: Ecothrifty Living lecture and book signing

When: June 1, 2013
Where: Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA
What: Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead, Ecothrifty Bread, Ecothrifty Living

First Unitarian Church
When: 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. speaker, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Where: First Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 3205 Glendale Ave.,
     Toledo, OH
What: EcoThrifty Living

Left Bank Books
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Where: 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO  63108
What: Book signing with talk

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012
Where: 820 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL
What: Book signing with talk

Women and Children First
When: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Where: 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
What: Book signing with talk

When: 10 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: 401 E. Main Street, Watertown, WI
What: Book signing with talk

Citizens Against Ruining the Environment (CARE)
When: October 14, 2012
Where: Lockport, IL
What: Why Homegrown and Handmade

Cheesemaking
When: October 6, 2012
Where: Heartland Community College
What: class -- sorry, class is sold out!

Mother Earth News Fair
When: September 21-22, 2012
Where: Seven Springs, PA
What: The Natural Home Dairy, Why Homegrown and Handmade, EcoThrifty Bread

Heritage Harvest Festival
When: September 14-15, 2012
Where: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia
What: talk and demonstration on baking bread

Producing Your Own Natural Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products
When: September 10, 2012
Where: Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
What: class (click on above link to register)

North Scott Farm Crawl
When: September 9, 2012
Where: Miss Effie's Country Flowers, Donahue, IA
What: Book signing and chatting

Growing Power Conference
When: September 7, 2012
Where: Milwaukee, WI
What: Urban Goats

Goat Workshop
When: September 2, 2012
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm
What: full-day of classes -- sold out

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
When: September 1, 2012
Where: Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
What: The Natural Home Dairy, Backyard Poultry, and Composting

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Where: Streator Public Library, Streator, IL
What: The Joys and Challenges of Eating Seasonally

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
When: June 15 to 17, 2012
Where: Custer, WI
What: Why Homegrown & Handmade (Friday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon)

Illinois Herb Association Herbfest
When: June 9, 2012
Where: Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 West Fayette Avenue, Springfield, IL
What: Herbs on the Farm

When: June 2-3, 2012
Where: Puyallup, WA
What: "The Natural Home Dairy" and "Why Homegrown and Handmade" and "Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead"

GR 2012 Festival
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Where: Joliet Junior College, Illinois
What: Why Homegrown & Handmade

When: May 15, 2012, 11 a.m.
Where: Kenosha, WI
What: Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead

Green Festival
When: 5:00, May 6, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL
What: You CAN Bake Bread (demonstration and talk)

When: 1:00, May 5, 2012
Where: Williams Bay, WI
What: Book signing

Breadbaking
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6 p.m.
Where: Illinois Valley Community College
What: Class (click on above link and page down to bottom for details)

Cheesemaking
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6 p.m.
Where: Illinois Valley Community College
What: Class (click on above link and page down to bottom for details)

City Provisions
When: Saturday, April 7, 2012, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 1818 West Wilson, Chicago, IL
What: Book signing (meet-n-greet)

Antiquity Oaks Classes
When: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm
What: 10 a.m. Goats 101; 1 p.m. Breeding and Birthing

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 17, 2012
Where: Illinois Valley Community College
What: Deborah will present "Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead," "Gardening For Cowards," "Marketing Your Homestead Business," and "The Natural Home Dairy."

Class and Book Signing
When: March 10, 2012
Where: Iowa

Green Village Lecture Series
When: Monday, March 12, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL
What: Why Homegrown and Handmade presentation

Antiquity Oaks Classes
When: March 3, 2012
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm
What: 10 a.m. Home Dairy; 1 p.m. Soapmaking; 5 p.m. Homesteading 101

Antiquity Oaks Classes
When: February 18, 2012
Where: Antiquity Oaks Farm
What: 10 a.m. Goats 101; 1 p.m. Breeding and Birthing

Left Bank Books & Local Harvest Grocery
When: 5 to 7 p.m., November 14, 2011
Where: Local Harvest Grocery, 3108 Morgan Ford, St. Louis
What: Book signing

When: November 12, 2011
Where: Wichita, KS
What: "The Natural Home Dairy"

When: 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2011
Where: 8141 E. 21st, Wichita, KS
What: Dinner, talk, and book signing

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2011
Where: 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS
What: Book signing

When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Where: 401 E. Main Street, Watertown, WI
What: Book signing

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Where: 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI
What: Book signing

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011
Where: 820 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL
What: Book signing

When: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011
Where: 1982 Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI
What: Book signing

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday October 21, 2011
Where: 758 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI
What: Book signing

When: 8 to 10 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2011 (conference is October 15-22)
Where: Grand Rapids, MI
What: "Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead"

When: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011
Where: 208 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL
What: Book signing

When: September 24-25, 2011
Where: Seven Springs, PA
What: "The Natural Home Dairy" and "Why Homegrown and Handmade"

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2011
Where: Springfield, IL
What: "Eating Locally"

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