Events

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

Upcoming Events

Cheese and Soapmaking classes
When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Where: Chicago
What: details coming soon!

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

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

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

Urban Goatkeeping
When:Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Where: Urban Agriculture Expo, Chicago
Cheesemaking Class
When: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.

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

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

Fifth Annual Homesteading Conference
When: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Illinois Valley Community College, Ogelsby, IL



Past Events

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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