The Anyone Can Farm Tribe Day July 9, 2022

You’re not alone!

Alternative ways of schooling, homesteading and farming, learning, and living simply require an alternative community.

What is The Anyone Can Farm Tribe Day?

Enjoy community, homestead skill learning.

Spend a weekend, or just the day, with like-minded homesteading folks to learn homesteading skills, talk around the campfire, and share good food. Participate in workshops designed to help you gain self-sufficiency and independence by learning about homesteading skills for the beginner through advanced homestead farmer.

  • Basic Cheese making with Jill Baker
  • Basic Soap making with Susan Grieves
  • Biochar with Mark Baker
  • Raising goats with Crystal Brummans
  • Raising and Processing Meat Rabbits
  • Seed Saving with Craig Schaaf
  • Starting a Homestead (panel discussion)
  • tour of Baker’s Green Acres with Mark

and so much more!

Children are welcome and activities will be provided for them, including hide tanning and ice cream making.

Lunch will be potluck around a pig roast. We’ll provide table service.

Limited rustic camping sites are available on the farm with a reservation.

Join us around the campfire Saturday evening for some homestead farm fellowship.

Meet our speakers!

This workshop will introduce you to basic cheese making: tools, techniques, and the best starter recipes. We’ll make a bit of mozzarella, feta, and queso blanco cheese so you can see and sample these basic dairy treats.

Jill Baker grew up in a homesteading and farming family, raising lots of produce and animals. As she and Mark grew into their farms and a large family, her skills have expanded to turning various meats into premium cuts, sausages, and cured products, bread making, fermenting foods, and making a variety of dairy products, including cheese. Along with making most of the food the family enjoys, Jill has studied natural health and ways to use nature to keep the family well. This includes the spices in the kitchen to the weeds in the walkways and many tools in between. Food and digestion are keys to health.

Biochar, activated charcoal for the farm, is a critical tool in the homestead toolchest. Mark will explain why, the benefits, how to use it, and demonstrate how to make it in a simple burner. 

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Mark Baker started his Anyone Can Farm dream when he was a boy and rode to a farm with his mother to pick up vegetables. When he and Jill married nearly 25 years ago, they started Baker’s Green Acres with a backyard garden that quickly grew to include hens, a goat, and pigs.  He’s always considered home grown food to be a birthright and a means of better health. When these things were challenged by a government agency order, Mark discovered the value of the Bill of Rights to safeguard our freedom to farm and live a healthy lifestyle.  From that grew the vision to enable anyone to farm, which is embodied in The Anyone Can Farm Experience with online and on-farm learning opportunities for dreaming, beginning, and more advanced homestead farmers.

Baker’s Green Acres website

More about biochar here

Goats are an easy and basic gateway animal for the homesteader-but not without their challenges.  Crystal has many years of experience raising goats with organic techniques for Hidden Creek Farm’s dairy herd share program and will be sharing her wisdom and experience with you. This will include feeding, housing, milking, and any other goat topics you are wondering about!

Tribe Day 2022, gathering, goatsAt Hidden Creek Farm we believe in Heritage breeds, Heirloom produce and raising the healthiest foods possible for our community.  Everything here on our farm is raised with love and care until it is ready for harvest. We do this WITHOUT the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. In addition to all the above our livestock is also corn, soy and wheat free. We focus on raising our livestock with a pasture and produce based diet. We milk a small herd of goats on the farm that provide us, our customers and other animals with fresh milk. We feed our goats fermented alfalfa along with lots of fresh pasture greens and browse throughout the summer. In the winter months they get local organic hay and produce scraps. 

Hidden Creek Farm website

Tribe Day 2022, gathering, community, organic vegetablesMy family & I have Golden Rule Farm in Kaleva Michigan. We grow heirloom tomatoes & other vegetables for a restaurant in Traverse City. Over the years my experiences and training have been very eclectic. From the time I was 16 to 25 I was a professional fisherman. Age 17 fished on the United State’s Fishing Team. Age 23 taught fly casting & fly tying for Orvis. From 26 to 35 apprenticed as a finish carpenter and trimmed beautiful homes. From 36 to present which is 51. I have made my living growing vegetables for a restaurant in Traverse City along with doing consulting and seminars on gardening & farming.

You can always find someone that is more experienced or knowledgeable. I don’t claim to have everything figured out. That’s not the point. The point is to pass on what I have been able to learn over the years.

I hope you will receive a blessing from this avalanche of information! If the Lord gives me another 30 years I will just keep sharing what I continue to learn.

My GabTV channel:

https://tv.gab.com/channel/schaafcraig

My Videos On Rumble:

https://rumble.com/user/Schaafcraig

Moderator For “Gardening Within The Creator’s Care” Gardening Group

https://gab.com/groups/62718

Moderator For Korean Natural Farming & Gardening Group

https://gab.com/groups/63567

Our panel of newly minted homesteaders will be sharing what they looked for in a homestead, things they wish they’d taken into consideration, how they’ve planned their places, and their goals for their homesteads.  They are also going to answer your questions, so bring those with you and ask away. It’s all about sharing and helping each other!

Dave and Amanda Allen 

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Dave and Amanda are disabled Army veterans who began homesteading in 2015.  Each had established their own individual small homesteads before they combined them in 2017.  Since combining their homesteads, they have moved twice, establishing their homesteads from scratch each time, as well as increasing production and creating what is now known as Arrowhead Homestead.  This has given them the unfortunate education of being masters at starting a homestead from nothing.  Their current, and hopefully last, homestead is located in Northwest Indiana on 7 acres where they raise pastured chickens and turkeys, ducks, rabbits, and goats as well as a large garden for vegetables and fruit trees.  They are looking forward to expanding into maple syrup and pastured pigs in the near future.  Amanda, also owns and operates Bohica Soapworks, LLC on the homestead.  Bohica Soapworks creates artisan soap and bath products with the goat milk and herbs from the property. 

http://www.bohicasoapworks.com/

Dion and Amy Stumpo

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We started our homestead journey out of necessity.  I grew up in a combination of the suburbs of Chicago, and a small town in West Michigan, where my wife is from.  Neither one of us had experience with farms, animals, homesteading, etc.  Together, we have 3 children ages 7, 9 & 11 and we enjoy homeschooling them.

In 2019 we lived on a 10 acre wooded lot on a dirt road, we bought with the intent to have space & hunt. That year we bought chickens and had thought about pigs somewhere down the road. Along came 2020 came-insert COVID, supply chain issues, etc. and viola we had 2 pigs! Once we had 2 pigs we realized there was also a backlog on processors so having stumbled across Mark on YouTube a few months prior opted to take the Homestead Hog Harvest course.

When we began following Mark it was because he was a farmer in Michigan with similar climate. We had no idea what a great friendship we would forge or how many wonderful people we have the opportunity to meet through him!

We left Hog Harvest that year with 3 pigs and came back a few weeks later for 3 more. We then had feeders and breeders and were all set up for success!

Then in 2021, we learned to process chickens, and did pasture poultry, added a dairy cow, and built a pole barn/butcher shop. We now own a couple of beef cows as well.

We’re not full time farmers, we both have jobs off the farm. I am currently a full time-paramedic, part time college professor & my favorite job, the one I hope to be doing full time soon is financial coaching, I absolutely love teaching people how to win with their money, because who doesn’t want more money? We are also training to become the third generation in a family owned retail clothing store.

One of the biggest excuses people have about not raising & growing their own food is that they don’t have enough space or time. Our biggest piece of advice is to just start where you are with what you have, it will force you to learn as you go. There will never be a perfect time or place or situation, but if we can do it, so can you!

Rachel Jamison

As a child my family moved frequently so I never had a garden or animals. Our food came from the store
and it was usually the cheapest we could find (the 70 & 80’s economic crisis hit my parents hard). It was
my grandfather, trips out west camping, secret places hidden within the confines of our small city and
short stints to country relatives that sparked something inside me I could never shake. If you ask my
family, they all knew that small city girl was destined to become a country girl. What also fed this was
mysterious childhood illnesses that plagued me and left me home from school sometimes a month at a
time. I was sick a lot, but because of this I developed a voracious reading habit and in elementary school
I discovered Laura Ingals Wilder, Gwen Frostic, James Audubon, and more.
I met my husband in highschool, he grew up on a small hobby farm doing 4H, raising animals, gardening,
picking fruit and cutting wood. He lived the life I always dreamed of living. After we got married we lived in
a small old trailer outside of town for a few years. Eventually we saved and purchased 20 acres. It took
us 2.5 years to build a cute little house, which we then sold (we kinda regret that). It was there that I grew
my first tomatoes from some free starts my mother in law gave me. We then moved back to town. We
were on an acre, it is here my gardening and homesteading journey really started. My mother in law
taught me to can and father in law taught me about conventional gardening. I started learning to bake
and cook from scratch and then a
series of health issues and tragedies
hit our family. These changed the
way we thought about food and
farming. In this time we fixed up that
house, sold, and moved to where we
currently are (a small lot with very
little space to grow). I dove head first
into alternative health, food,
medicine, herbals, gardening,
butchering, more preserving, primitive
skills, etc… The more I learn about
this deep subject the less skilled I
feel.
In 2019 after years of prayer and
dreaming my husband and I came to
the conclusion that it was the time to
purchase property. With the kids
grown and home education done, the
last two summers have been the
busiest we have been as a couple
(instead of as a family) since building
a house with our own two hands
almost two decades ago. But it has
lit a fire and passion in us and we are enjoying it immensely.
I am happy to share our journey, what we looked for in our search, our dreams, plans and mistakes

tribe day soapMy name is Sue Grieves. I have been making natural soap and skin products for 17 years. I first became aware of all the chemicals that a simple product like soap can contain including fragrance, which can be very toxic, parabens, and sodium laureth sulfates, all known to cause cancer. I started researching how to make my own soap. I joined several soap making forums, where I got a lot of great advise, so I decided to buy my first oils and lye to made my first batch.  I got hooked and started testing what qualities each oil could add to a bar of soap. This eventually led to me starting my own business and thus SAP soap was born 10 years ago.  I make whipped butters, lip balms, solid lotions, essential oil roll ons, and of course lots of soap. I use only essential oils to scent my soaps, and only natural products like oatmeal and clays. My mission is to help inform and spread the truth that natural is always best!

Tribe Day 2022, gathering, communityAndrew is a horticultural consultant specializing in landscape design And building resilient systems. Andrew also has over 20 years of experience in integrated animal husbandry and Agricultural management.

Stuff for the kids!

There will be much more coming as we develop the schedule, so please be sure to check back!  These activities are for older kids. There will be activities for the littles, too!

Rachel has been milking Baker’s Green Acres’ cows for a few years now and will show the kids how fun it can be and how to handle and be around a cow. The kids will also get to enjoy the fruits of the labor: namely ice cream and butter!

**PLEASE let us know if your child has any dairy food issues! Thanks!

tribe day, dairy cow, milk, milk cow

Tribe Day 2022, gathering, community, organic vegetablesMy family & I have Golden Rule Farm in Kaleva Michigan. We grow heirloom tomatoes & other vegetables for a restaurant in Traverse City. Over the years my experiences and training have been very eclectic. From the time I was 16 to 25 I was a professional fisherman. Age 17 fished on the United State’s Fishing Team. Age 23 taught fly casting & fly tying for Orvis. From 26 to 35 apprenticed as a finish carpenter and trimmed beautiful homes. From 36 to present which is 51. I have made my living growing vegetables for a restaurant in Traverse City along with doing consulting and seminars on gardening & farming.

You can always find someone that is more experienced or knowledgeable. I don’t claim to have everything figured out. That’s not the point. The point is to pass on what I have been able to learn over the years.

I hope you will receive a blessing from this avalanche of information! If the Lord gives me another 30 years I will just keep sharing what I continue to learn.

My GabTV channel:

https://tv.gab.com/channel/schaafcraig

My Videos On Rumble:

https://rumble.com/user/Schaafcraig

Moderator For “Gardening Within The Creator’s Care” Gardening Group

https://gab.com/groups/62718

Moderator For Korean Natural Farming & Gardening Group

https://gab.com/groups/63567

Amanda Allen and Frank Baker both bring a great deal of experience to share with kids (and adults) alike.  You’ll see how to shelter, feed, and handle rabbits.  We’ll also cover rabbit breeding. Frank will be demonstrating how to harvest and process rabbits using at least a couple different techniques.

tribe day rabbits

Amy has lots of activities planned for your kids, both entertaining ones and educational activities. From crafts to farm games and an advanced level scavenger hunt, your older kids will keep busy and enjoy getting familiar with various aspects of a farm.

Amy is also speaking on the “How to start a Homestead” panel and you can check out her full bio there!

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Dorothy Beerens is a true blue farm girl and enjoys working with younger kids. She’s planning several activities for the 2-5 yr. old set.  Drawing on her experience as an older sister here at Baker’s Green Acres, and her work with that age group at a local daycare, she’ll have a full range of fun farm experiences for your little ones.

**Note that we’re flexible on the activities you feel your child will enjoy. An advanced 5 year old is welcome with the older kids, and a 6 year old who’s not comfortable with the bigger kids is welcome to hang out with Dorothy and the smaller kids.**

Basic Schedule:

Friday

Campground check-in starting at 3 pm

Campfire at the farm starting about 6

Saturday

8:30 am: coffee and tea are hot! Checkins start

9 am: Welcome and first workshops: Cheese and Biochar

10:30 am: Second workshops: Goats and Seed Saving

12:00  LUNCH: Pig roast from Baker’s Green Acres. Bring a dish to share! Table service provided.

1:30 pm: How to start a Homestead panel discussion  (Rabbits for the kids)

3 pm: Soap making and Agroforestry

4:30 pm: Tour of Baker’s Green Acres

5:30 pm: Campfire and potluck leftovers if you can stay and hang out with us!

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(231)-825-0293

 

Address

1579 Brinks Road 

     Marion, Michigan 49665

 

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