Patricia Foreman

The Gossamer Foundation


Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master’s of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

Patricia will be speaking at the North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs


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Yards as MiniPastures Turn your lawn into a meat and egg producer

Family flocks have the potential to not only provide urban homesteaders with eggs and meat, but also to improve soil and provide bug (and weed) control for gardens. Understand a simple model for calculating how many birds you need each year for eggs, meat, and hatching eggs for the next generation. Learn how to estimate your birds' requirements for feed, water, and shelter on small parcels of land. Gain insights into the techniques and advantages of rotational grazing on lawns.
Modern Homesteading Real Foods

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Home Poultry Processing

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds at home. Understand why the conventional way of processing is the worst way and can ruin meat quality. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Processing your own birds is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition, so that how to process poultry becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Rediscover the power of knowing your source for poultry and eggs.
Animal Husbandry Real Foods

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Kansas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Real Food Stage

Chick in Egg The miracle of incubation and educating baby chicks

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop covers the entire process of finding fertile eggs (even without a rooster) and selecting the most likely eggs to hatch. Understanding the embryo development that is happening inside the egg enables you to have better hatches. Hear about the egg-to-chick process: 21 days for replacement birds. Also learn about the critical first week of chick-hood, basic chick nutrition, and “chick-ability" (and why you must understand it as a life-or-death matter). This workshop's great for home and school projects. Become an eggs-pert in Chickeneer incubation and baby chicks!
Kids Programming Animal Husbandry

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Kansas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own Living well in just right houses

You can have an attractive, upscale, quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable, and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, and easy to clean with lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom, and money.
Modern Homesteading Green Building

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sustainability Stage presented by Prestige Subaru
Pennsylvania, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Kansas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
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