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Matt Stephens

Homestead Hustle

Matt Stephens was born into a part-time homesteading family. Growing up on a 65 acre central Texas hobby farm, Stephens learned from his parents and his rural Depression surviving grandparents. He developed a love for all things that lived and came from a farmstead lifestyle. Life took him across the state of Texas, only to deliver him back to the family farm.
Stephens expanded this familiar piece of land past a hobby and into a full time endeavor to include more than 300 acres, owned and leased. Now with a family of his own he looks to instill the same upbringing in his children and teach others from his experiences.

Matt will be speaking at the Texas, Tennessee, Polyface Farm, Pennsylvania and Kansas Fairs.

Workshops

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Make More Money on Your Farm with Agritourism

It's not just veggies anymore: There's a growing agribusiness in inviting people to your farm. Matt Stephens takes you through his years of working toward and dreaming about bringing people to his farmstead to share his love for natural farming and general farm fun.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community

Available In:

Texas, Workshop time to be determined
Tennessee, Workshop time to be determined
Polyface Farm, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Camp Skills from Your Homestead to the Backwoods That May Just Save Your Life!

Matt Stephens takes audiences on a journey from the farm into the backcountry in this workshop. A homesteader's way of life is all about developing skills, and adapting them to different situations can keep us alive. You might secure a tarp to cover the last of the winter's hay, and then secure that same tarp to cover yourself overnight when your goats decide to take a vacation. What do you do when you run out of matches? Strike a fire! When your butcher knife is dull, what do you do? How would you sharpen it without your favorite gadgets? Matt Stephens leads this adventure that takes skills from the home into the forest.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cappers Farmer Stage

Basic Homestead Knot-Tying

Bind it tight, bundle it up, and keep it secure. Matt Stephens shows what knots to use and where to use them. Should you use braided or twisted? Should you use cotton, nylon, sisal, or poly? Learn which cordage to use in different situations, depending on actual workloads. Practice tying functional homestead knots for your next project and take your example home.
Modern Homesteading Kids Programming

Available In:

Texas, Workshop time to be determined
Tennessee, Workshop time to be determined
Polyface Farm, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Basic Homestead Knot Tying

Bind it tight, bundle it up, and keep it secure. Matt Stephens shows what knots to use and where to use them. Should you use braided or twisted? Should you use cotton, nylon, sisal, or poly? Learn which cordage to use in different situations, depending on actual workloads. Practice tying functional homestead knots for your next project and take your example home.
Modern Homesteading Kids Programming

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
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