Butch Tindell

The Ploughshare Institute


Butch Tindell has been gardening and farming for more than 30 years and as an instructor at the Ploughshare Institute for the past 20 years. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. Tindell has also developed numerous courses and published curricula on these and other topics. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups locally and nationwide on the issues of sustainable agriculture and agrarianism. Tindell is the education director for the Ploughshare Institute.

Butch will be speaking at the Texas Fairs


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Starting a Family Homestead

Many people who want to homestead launch their journey with great enthusiasm but without a plan, only to later find that they have lost their way. This workshop presents an overview of the design process, showing how you can develop a beautiful, productive, and sustainable homestead.
Modern Homesteading

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Texas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Ploughshare Institute Stage

A Sustainable Life The connection between artisans and agrarians

Many folks in today’s economy may feel they are on a seemingly endless conveyor belt of “soul-destroying work” that is increasingly unfulfilling, and sustains only the existing global economy at the expense of human relationships and a healthy environment. However, there can be another way, an alternative economy in which work is rewarding and fulfilling as well as nourishing families and community relationships. In this short talk we will profile some successful artisans and agrarians and explore the possibility of establishing a “cottage economy” whereby a family can raise much of their own sustenance and meet their financial needs by working with their own hands—a truly satisfying and sustainable life.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., The Ploughshare Institute Stage