Spring Homestead Fair

Good Earth Garden Center and Easter Egg Acres have joined forces once again to bring you the Spring Homestead Fair!

This is an all day, FREE family event. The cutest Nigerian in the world, Penelope from No Goats No Glory, will be there to chew on all your informative brochures. There will also be other goats, baby bunnies, chickens and probably a duck or two for the kids to visit with.

Even tho this is Colorado and our weather patterns can change in a minute, you can still count on being comfy during this event-it's inside a large greenhouse

Easter Egg Acres will be doing the goat milking Demonstrations at 9 am and 3:30 pm.  They will also have the chicken processing equipment and photo poster board for you to review.  They will be making a sign up list to contact people interested in taking the processing class later this fall at their farm.  They will have lots of fresh goat milk to try, maybe even something new like drinkable yogurt.  If we are lucky one of their brand new baby goats will have to come with them for it's bottle feeding.

Bee Keeping- Christine Faith from Right to Thrive  will answer all your questions about keeping bees, the equipment needed and how to properly care for them and the challenges you may face to get home grown honey.

Buckley's Homestead Supply will be there too with lots of information on classes and homesteading supplies to aid in making soaps, cheeses and all of your canning needs.

Revolutionmama Ranch will bring some of her amazing stock of rare antiquity breed chickens. She's hoping to have chicks to sell too! You can not get this quality of bird at the feed store, promise.

Bonnie from Hungry Chicken Homestead will be on hand with home produced canned goods and will offer information on how to make them yourself. She teaches canning and fermenting classes, and helps you find locally grown food to preserve.

Li'l Bit Farms will be bringing their wonderful soaps, lip balms and lotions this time and offering a basket of body products for the give away! They will also have information on their up and coming available poultry meats, and hopefully fresh eggs too!

The Colorado Farm and Art Market will have a booth to let us know about up and coming markets that will be held this summer at Ivywild School and others locations.

The folks of Folkways Farm like to keep their hands busy and their feet dirty. Home of Colorado Cob Company and Bloom Daisy Design, stop by their booth to talk about upcoming natural building projects and lend support to the future of Folkways by perusing their handcrafted creations

Patricia & Roy Amenic will be there to teach you all about backyard rabbits as a sustainable meat source for your family. They will discuss housing, feeding, breeding and processing. They will even talk about rabbits as great household pets.  You will even be able to sample some rabbit recipe item they are going to share.

Vikki Walton will join us again with her new project Havensteader with all kinds of information about her homestead and Permaculture. 

Kyle, owner of Strong Hold Feed & Supplies LLC. will be  share all the different products he carries and delivers to areas all around us including Ellicott and Monument. They offer excellent feed, hay and straw prices with delivery and stacking. 

We ask that vendors pay $10 per booth in cash to Good Earth and that each booth donate an item for our free drawing that will happen after the fair.  Prizes will be kept at Good Earth for pickup after you are notified so be sure to enter a ticket for free stuff.  You never know what you might win!

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  • linda e.

    glad I went. I esp. enjoyed the goats.

    March 19, 2014

  • Littlewolf

    Thank you Good Earth Garden, Thank you Monika and Thank you Marilan for a great success. We were very happy to be part of the Homestead fair. We were overwhelmed with the growing interest of becoming “self-sufficient”. We were happy to share our knowledge about the rabbits and our small “backyard Homestead” we got going. We are happy to share our knowledge with whomever wants to come and visit us. We did run out of cards and we do apologized but we were not prepared to see so many people like minded. You can contact us via email Patricia [masked] or [masked] any time. Our homestead name is R&P Endeavors. We will let you know the schedule of our "learning how to butchers a rabbit" as well. Until next time......

    3 · March 17, 2014

    • Colene

      Ditto! (Well, except for the killing rabbits part... ;) )

      March 17, 2014

    • Edy K.

      Yah, I don't do any rabbit killing, myself. I've kept bunnies as house pets since the 80's, and once I came to really know them, the possibility of them being food went right out the window.

      March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking for the member who raises meat rabbits. You had sent me your phone number a while back, but I am unable to find it. Could you please contact me again, or could someone else put me in touch with her? Thank you!

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Red

      I'm trying to get in touch with Patricia and Roy! I met them at the Homestead fair on Saturday, but they had run out of contact info. We want to talk to them further about rabbits.

      March 17, 2014

    • Bonnie

      You can contact Patricia at [masked] or Roy at [masked]

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • Bonnie

    It was terrific! We had everything we needed to tell people about homesteading. Thank you, Good Earth, Marilan and Monycka! You did a great job!

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Tessa S.

    Lots of fun n some good information

    March 16, 2014

  • christine b.

    I thought it was great! I had an interest in everything at the fair!!!! Very on-target, friendly vendors who shared their knowledge, plenty of parking.....yeah maybe not really big but was just what I needed!!! Hope to do it again!

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    small group, hoped to see more people...

    March 16, 2014

  • Dan

    lots of info. and cool stuff

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Chris

    Another outstanding showing by all the vendors. Kudos to the organizers for getting dynamic knowledgeable folks to spread the good news about urban homesteading! Lets all get chickens, bees and goats and raise our own food!

    6 · March 16, 2014

  • Edy K.

    I got to the fair in the afternoon due to the St. Paddy's Day parade downtown earlier, and am very glad I went. Great to see everyone again! Got to chat with several vendors, and really enjoyed all the effort everyone put into the event. Thank you, everyone!

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Diana B

    It was great to see so many attendees and so much interest. I think this may have been the biggest crowd ever.

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Kathy O.

    The diversity of presenters was great; with up to the minute information. I've really enjoyed all of these fairs, but this was the best!!

    4 · March 15, 2014

  • Stacy L.

    It was great! Wish the rather was little warmer though.

    March 15, 2014

  • Chris

    We had a lot of fun! Thanks to all the organizers and those who had booths! And thanks to Penelope!

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Cristi H.

    Lots of fun. My 2 year old granddaughter loved it and I got to chat with several homesteaders. Really appreciate those who set up booths and the guy who stood out in the cold to tell us all about cob houses. How great!

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Marilan L.

    Colene vendors can start as early as 8 for setup. Leah and I may have to share time at 9:30. Because they don't open till then. We messed up the Times. Sorry.

    March 14, 2014

    • Colene

      LOL...I didn't think about the schedule, just about folks loitering outside for half an hour! No apologies; it will just be like real-life -- multi-tasking! ;) (Put the pot on to cook the jam, milk goat one...put cooked jam in jars and set to boil and milk goat two...)

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • Colene

    Just FYI -- The Fair opens to the public at 0930; the 0900 start is for vendor set-up. :)

    March 14, 2014

  • Monycka S.

    John Conner from the Take a Peak Coop Tour will be joining us as well! You can sign up to be on the tour or volunteer to help coordinate the tour in May!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Monycka S.

    Here's a flyer for the event with presentation times. Tell your friends :)

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=[masked]&set=a.331957470225709.79661.331949560226500&type=1&theater

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Cj

    Can't wait!

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Cj

    Can't wait!

    March 6, 2014

  • Littlewolf

    yes Amy it was me, i just responded back to your email and i send you my cellphone number. Looking forward to get in touch, thank you bonnie for the message as well.

    February 18, 2014

  • Vikki W.

    Looking forward to it!

    January 31, 2014

  • Monycka S.

    OK here's a basic schedule for the presentations & demonstrations:
    9:00 Milking a goat by Easter Egg Acres
    9:30 Canning by Hungry Chicken Homestead
    10:00 Bee keeping by Right to Thrive
    10:30 Cob building by Colorado Cob Company
    11:00 Backyard rabbits by Patricia & Roy
    11:30 No Goats No Glory just quick status update on ordinance changes
    12:00 Jill Gaebler (tentative time)
    1:00 Canning
    2:00 Bee keeping
    3:00 Cob
    3:30 Milking
    4:00 Rabbits
    There will be 2 opportunities to listen to each presenter so you can plan your visit based on a specific topic or just stop by and spend time at each booth.
    Seeds Community Cafe will be there as well. There will be LOTS of food samples including rabbit meat, elk stew and plenty of goat milk products. The staff at Good Earth Garden Center can cook their collective booties off so you WILL want to check out the food they bring. Did I mention door prizes? Yeah, you don't wanna miss this...

    January 31, 2014

  • Lori W

    This sounds amazing!!

    January 31, 2014

  • Karen

    I will pass the word! I haven't been before but it looks like a lot of great information (and anot a bad way to spend a sunny/snowy Colorado spring day.).

    2 · January 21, 2014

    • Marilan L.

      We have a heated greenhouse to keep is inside and warm if it's not nice. Great day!

      January 21, 2014

  • Monycka S.

    This is the link to the event on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/events/197020297161603/
    Invite your friends & family that may not be on Meet Up!

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Elaine D.

    I always get so many creative ideas from these folks! Can't wait!

    2 · January 21, 2014

  • Littlewolf

    We are hoping to be there with a booth to talk "rabbits" We will give you the ups and down of raising rabbits and how wonderful they are as pet, meat and making new friends.

    4 · January 20, 2014

    • Marilan L.

      We have you down to have a booth.

      January 21, 2014

  • Marilan L.

    This time there should be baby goats of the girls cooperate. Yay babies!

    3 · January 21, 2014

  • Cindy

    We enjoyed coming last fall, we loved the goats!

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • linda e.

    i went to the one in the fall, and enjoyed it. looking forward to this one as well. i esp. like the goats.

    1 · January 20, 2014

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