Deborah Niemann

New Society Publishers


Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

Deborah will be speaking at the North Carolina, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs


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Wool From farm to fiber folk extended workshop

Whether you’re a shepherd or a fiber worker, wool can enrich your life. This daylong workshop focuses on connecting (and creating better communication between) the people who produce wool and those who use it, in all its multiple varieties. Sessions include fleece selection, evaluation, value-added wool products, and more! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry Hands On

Available In:

Oregon, Friday 9:00-5:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Pennsylvania, Sunday 9:00-5:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room B

The Skinny on Soapmaking

Avoid unhealthy chemicals and the price of organic soap by making your own! Learn step-by-step how to make cold-process soap, how to choose carrier oils, the difference between fragrance and essential oils, and how to incorporate milk in your soap. Deborah Niemann talks about the equipment and ingredients needed. Hear about the history of soapmaking, how modern soapmaking is different, and how to create your own soap recipes. Find out how to make your own soap recipes using whatever oils you prefer.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Oregon, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Pennsylvania, Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage

The Healthy Homesteader

Today, too many people are literally sick and tired all the time. That is not sustainable, and we can’t afford it. Our modern lives are filled with conveniences that are killing us slowly. We spend too much time sitting and eat too much so-called food that didn’t exist 50 years ago. So, what’s the answer? Start cooking from scratch. Plant a garden for fresh veggies. Get a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Step away from the desk. Move!
Modern Homesteading Natural Health

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth Living Stage

Relationship Marketing 101

Deborah Niemann discusses the basics of relationship marketing, how it can build strong, loyal customer bases, and why it matters more than ever.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Maryland, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Grit Stage

Raising Goats Naturally

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising goats, but by working with nature, you can raise dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap ... all while letting mamas raise their own babies and without relying on the routine use of drugs. By observing your goats and educating yourself, you can create a personalized plan for keeping them healthy and productive.
Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Oregon, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Kansas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead

Did you know that goats can provide you with milk, meat, and fertilizer? Deborah Niemann talks about what it takes to make your own soap and a variety of cheeses, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and meat. She also discusses whey and milk as fertilizer, as well as the basics of composting. Never buy fertilizer again!
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Maryland, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Getting Started with a Drop Spindle Hands On Workshops

Is learning to spin on your bucket list, but you're not sure about investing a few hundred dollars in a spinning wheel? Attend this one-hour, hands-on workshop and get started spinning with a drop spindle. Deborah Niemann provides the spindle, wool, and instructions so that you leave the workshop with your very own handspun yarn. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Oregon, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Kansas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
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