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, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs


Check It Out!

Surviving the Wilderness Extended Workshop

Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness with limited supplies and resources?! Or perhaps you have been thinking it might be a good idea to get training on at least some basic survival skills? Whatever the case, you do not want to miss this unique, informative, and fully immersive half-day survival workshop featuring popular MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speakers Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens. Participation in this exclusive Seven Springs extended workshop is strictly limited to ensure maximum small group interaction. Biswell and Stephens have a combined 50 years in wilderness survival and training, and in this workshop they demonstrate fundamental skills and supplies required for basic wilderness survival, with an emphasis on a few main goals: starting a fire, building a dry shelter, finding food (fishing without poles), and purifying water. Participants follow instruction and advice before challenging themselves to use what they have just learned. They receive transportation from the main lodge at the resort to a secluded location on the mountain. Biswell and Stephens also supply attendees with supplies to get their survival pack started! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Friday 8:00-12:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room B

Predators Are Eating Your Stock and Killing Your Profit

Matt Stephens discusses our biggest problem predators (which might not be the biggest in size). From two-legged critters to those with four, from pests with wings to those without, what’s eating you? How can we stop these pests? Can the problem be a solution? Stephens discusses and shows you some of the tools and techniques that have kept his stock alive and profits high.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

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, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Kansas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Extended Emergency Preparedness Plans and Skills That Could Save Your Life

Preparation coupled with some fundamental outdoor survival skills are the keys to surviving emergencies. In this extended session, Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens share their plans for surviving a variety of emergencies: catastrophes at home (such as weather disasters), auto and travel problems (like getting stuck in a blizzard), and outdoor situations (as when a fall turns a hunting trip into an overnight stay). In addition to preparing and planning, practice skills to help you stay alive. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 2:00-5:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops

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? 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:

Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage
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, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Kansas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage