Homesteading is a lifestyle that involves growing your own food, producing your own energy with wind, solar, or water, and small crafts.
It’s not for everyone, but it is a way of life that many people find empowering. It’s a way to live a simpler, more self-sufficient life, free from the complexities of modern society and centralized economy.
For those who have a desire to live more sustainably and take a more hands-on approach to growing and sourcing their own food — or those who are just starting to explore the concept — one Centre County farm is holding an all-day event especially for current and would-be homesteaders.
The Heirloom Farmer — which produces heirloom products on a century farm – will hold a Spring Forward Homestead Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at its farm stand property at 7447 S. Eagle Valley Road, Port Matilda.
Spring Forward Homestead Day promises to be an educational and entertaining on-the-farm event for the entire family.
The event includes a full slate of educational sessions on topics ranging from seed saving for homesteaders; tips and tricks for raising chicks, chicken coop design and predator proofing; living in harmony with wildlife; raising livestock; sour-dough starting and keeping; seasonal meal planning; and planning a kitchen herb garden.
In addition to educational sessions, the event will feature more than 15 vendors, including Emy Dezigns Pottery, Nanny Goat Soaps, Sandy Primitives, Weldon Equipment LLC, Wilson Home Farms, Herbal Muse Apothecary and Acres Artisans. The Heirloom Farmer will be selling heirloom plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers and perennials, and seed packets. Happy Valley Agventures will be there with information about all of the agricultural related things to experience in Centre County.
Kids will also have plenty to do while the adults are gaining homesteading skills, including the opportunity to visit miniature horses from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; story and craft time at 1 p.m.; photo ops, a play area and more.
Of course, no on-the-farm event is complete without food…and coffee. Big Bill’s BBQ, Gourmet Griddle Company, Pine Ridge Coffee and the Savory Station will fill that role for hungry attendees.
Admission and parking are free.