May DayMidian

Schedule of Events


This schedule is a work in progress; please check back for changes and details.

Friday, July 28

Noon-2:00pm ~ Meet and greet, Open Forum
2:00pm-3:30pm ~ Clothing Construction Basics - with Laurelei

2:00pm-3:30pm ~ First Aid 101 - with Robin

4:00pm-5:30pm ~ Gardening Q & A - with Danielle

4:00pm-5:30pm ~ Leather Working - with Torcyr

6:00pm-7:00pm ~ Dinner
7:00pm-8:00pm ~ Off-Grid Legalities - with Robin
7:00pm-8:00pm ~ Knife Care/Sharpening - with Baz

8:00pm ~ Fire building - with Fyre Trybe


Saturday, July 29

8:00am-9:00am ~ Breakfast
8:00am-10:30am ~ Hog Processing - with Arianrhod (See warning below)
10:00am-continuing all day ~ Customized Intro to Blacksmithing - with Paul
11:00am-Noon ~ Invasive Plant Species - with Danielle
11:00am-Noon ~ Navigation: From Forest to Freeway - with Andrew
Noon-2:00pm ~ Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Goats 101 & 201 - with Arianrhod

3:30pm-5:00pm ~ Fox Feet and Owl Eyes - with Lauren

3:30pm-5:00pm ~ Cooking Without a Kitchen - with Barb

5:30pm-6:30 ~ Bug Out Bags - with Joe

5:30pm-6:30 ~ Container Gardening - with Fern

7:00pm-8:00pm ~ Dinner -- Community Picth-In (Bring a dish to share. Kitchen will be closed.)
8:00-9:30pm ~ A Homestead Handfasting (Kim & Shanon)
Dark ~ Campfire Stories - with the Indiana Homesteaders Community


Sunday, July 30

8:00am-9:00am ~ Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am ~ Seed Starting - with Fern
9:00am-10:30am ~ Animal Guide Games - with Lauren
11:00am-Noon ~ Worms in the House - with Kim
11:00am-Noon ~ Intro to Herbal Medicine Making - with Laurelei
Noon-2:00pm ~ Lunch
2:00pm ~  GATES CLOSE


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Workshop Descriptions


Clothing Construction Basics
Laurelei will demonstrate some basic clothing construction techniques, including patterning, cutting, hand- and machine-stitching, and seam-finishing for garment durability.

First Aid 101
Learn how to treat yourself in cases of emergency, what items are always handy and self sufficient care. Caring for physical and mental well being when you are unable to get to help or help get to you fast enough, until help arrives,  along with precautionary practices in events of emergency. Come join me then,  iT may save you or another later.

Gardening Q & A
Group discussion of common garden problems and solutions. This will be an excellent opportunity for sharing and swapping seeds, so bring any you may have to share. Also, feel free to bring any additional resources and/or information you would like to share.

Leather Working
Learn the basics of leather-working with Torcyr in a practical, hands-on workshop. You'll get to make something! (We have no idea what thing you will make, but it will be yours to keep.)

Off-Grid Legalities

Join us in discussion. Do you home stead? Are you wanting to in the future? Are you looking to expand your homesteading journey? Do you have experiences to share or wish to talk with others who share their experiences?  We will be covering zoning issues and solutions,  problematic marketing adventures,  educating yourself and your community and solidifying understanding.  This discussion group will tap into a wide range of topics come be a part of it!

Knife Care/Sharpening
Learn the best practices of taking care of and sharpening your blades in this hands-on demo and discussion with Baz. Whether you need to knock the rust off a hunting knife, sharpen a paring knife, or get your Katana back in zombie-fighting shape, this workshop is sure to be a great practical how-to for everyone.

Fire Building
Join Garrett and River for a "from the ground up" demonstration and discussion of building and maintaing a fire.

Customized Introduction to Blacksmithing
Paul will be setting up the forge and teaching interested attendees about the smithing process. Come visit the forge when you have a chance throughout the day to work on a project and learn about the forge.

Hog Processing
For this workshop, come learn how to process a live hog from start to finish. Be warned that live ammo will be used to put the animal down. This workshop will begin at the main pavilion and then move to two other locations on the grounds for the complete processing. Please join Arianrhod promptly at 8am in the Main Pavilion in order to move as a group to the first location. The hog being processed will be roasted for the community pitch-in the same evening.

Invasive Plant Species
Do you know the difference between native and invasive plant species? Do you know why you should know? Join Danielle for a discussion on invasive (non-native) plant species and the implications they have for your green space.

Navigation: From Forest to Freeway
Midian may not be a vast wilderness, but it's still possible to get turned around and lose your way. If you were dropped off in the woods, would you be able to find your way to (relative) civilization ... and help? Join Andrew for a practical survival skills exploration that will get you into the woods (and back out of them again).

Goats 101 & 201
Join Arianrhod and some of her cloven-hoofed friends for a discussion and presentation that includes care, milking, and health, housing and addresses production of goat milk-based goods. 

Fox Feet and Owl Eyes
Harness the senses of wild animals to move silently through wild areas. Using methods from Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature, we will explore ways to observe, move, hide, and interact with wild spaces. This will include info on primitive camo (racoon), silent walking (fox), wide angle vision (owl), and several other guides. This intro-level workshop is open to all ages and abilities.

Cooking without a Kitchen
In this workshop, explore options for food preparation that are outside of a conventional kitchen. Brainstorm and discover some new techniques for making meals if/when traditional cooking methods are otherwise unavailable.

Bug Out Bags
Joe will lead a discussion on the contents and conseriderations for a basic "bug out" bag. He'll also talk about the differences between the BOB and the INCH (I'm Never Coming Home) bag. He'll have some example of items to include, but if you have a favorite component, bring it!

Container Gardening
In this workshop will cover the basics of growing vegetable plants in container. Not every one has the
space for a large garden, some only have small patios, but you can still grow your own food!
We will cover the types that are best for containers, watering practices and soil amendments.
Bring a 6” or larger pot with you and I will send home a plant to play with for the rest of the growing

Homestead Handfasting
Kim and Shanon are getting married! Join us as we celebrate their vows and celebrate their love in a wedding ceremony that draws heavily from indigenous traditions.

Campfire Stories
Bring your funny, scary, and/or thought-provoking tales of survival, prepping, or homesteading. We'll share a pleasant communal fire and each others' company.

Animal Guide Games

Fire Keeper: Be Prometheus. Use your stalking skills and soft steps to steal fire from the Fire Keeper.

Eagle Eye: Can you spot your prey? Can they hide from you while still keeping an eye on you?

Both games are child-and adult-friendly.

Seed Starting

We will go over the basics on starting seeds indoors before the planting season, types of seeds, processing them for germination as well as discuss the  types of medium, containers, light and heat for starting your seeds.

Worms in the House
Using red wiggler worms to compost kitchen scraps is a great way to turn waste into nutritious fertilizer for your garden while keeping organic waste out of the landfill. These worm bins are small scale, easy to manage and will perform indoors, outdoors, in a garage, under a deck or on the porch.We will build a worm farm out of plastic bins and we will learn all about how to manage our worm bins, create the first bedding for the worms and introduce our worms to their new home. Each participant will go home with a small home made worm farm and red wiggler composting worms. Limited to 20 people

Intro to Making Herbal Medicine
Learn a few simple techniques for restoring and preserving your family's health with herbs. We'll cover the details of a few easy herbal preparations (including infusions, decoctions, tinctures, washes, compresses, poultices, and more). We'll also talk about some of the herbs that are best suited for common ailments. Handouts will be provided.



Now Seeking Presenters


Are you interested in presenting a ritual, workshop, or performance at the Indiana Homesteaders Festival? Click here to submit a presentation proposal.



What we are looking for


Some of the things we are hoping to present this year and at future events include:


-Soap making

-Canning, Both cold packing and pressure canning

-Bat, bird and bee husbandry

-Tanning (tawing)




-Wintering plants

-Plant propagation


-Basket making



-Campfire cooking



-Chicken coops

-Chicken keeping

-Pest identification and control

-Urban farming

-Container gardening





-Small cabin construction

-Food preservation

-Cold weather survival

-Methane as a bio-fuel

-Solar paneling

-Wild edibles

-GMO & Heirloom

-What is the grid?

- and MORE in this spirit!



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