Lifesteading brings together personal health, shelter efficiency and a preparedness mindset. It includes the raising of livestock and the importance of soil health on your farm. Living the Life Steading way allows you to connect with your community. It’s a great way to live and create a future for your family. You can limit waste and negative effects on the land you live. The goal is to be good stewards of your land.
The Concept of Lifesteading
The concept of Lifesteading came to me this year following the changes that have recently taken place in our world. As we have begun to see a shift in perspectives from status to sustainability; from consumption to self sufficiency. Lifesteading was built on the idea of providing resources for ourselves on our own land, whether 1 acre or 20. While this is not a new idea, it is one that can be brought back to life today. Take a holistic approach to raising food or living in efficient shelter, while finding a healthy balance in spirit with the intention of decreasing your ecological footprint.
Join Us For Our First Lifesteading Virtual Event
April 22nd & 23rd
Saturday & Sunday
Times and a link will be sent out soon once you register.
This virtual event will host several knowledgeable speakers on the aforementioned topics, teaching you how to create the life and farm/ranch that sustains not only your family but your lifestyle as well. In addition, we will teach you how to make your farm/ranch profitable so that you won’t feel tied to it year round.
*Personal Health – The interconnection between us and nature from a Physical, Spiritual & Mental perspective.
*Gardening with a Twist – Grow the plants that feed your animals that you will consume.
*Goats – Raise Meat Goats, Dairy Goats and Pack Goats.
*Chickens – Egg layers, Meat Chickens/Guinea Hens.
*Shelter Efficiency – Learn the Passive House design and how to build or modify your home.
*Hydroponics – A short glance here and how it ties into your home.
*Fish Ponds & Aquaponics – Build a pond to grow your fish as a food source.
*Prepping – Learn how to prepare for some unexpected occurrences by building kits.
*Financial Land Planning.
*Power – Hydroelectric, Wind & Solar.
*Land Optimization – How to use your space in the best way possible.
Lifesteading Event Speakers
Jason Strebe will be sharing sustainable energy options for your farm.
Mr. Strebe is an accomplished Electrical Power Engineer with 20 years of experience in various aspects of generating and distributing electrical power. Born and raised in Idaho, he gained valuable experience as an electrical operator in the Naval Nuclear Power program before becoming a licensed Professional Engineer and earning an MBA from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With his extensive knowledge and skills, Jason founded Deer Flat Energy to provide expert support for the homesteading movement and promote sustainable energy solutions.
Shanna will be speaking on the importance of soil health and how it affects what you grow on your farm. In addition, the ladies will speak about carbon drawdown, microbial activity beneath your feet and soil nutrients.
Shanna Bernal-Fields joined the NRCS about 18 years ago. Her degree is from Oregon State University with a major in Soil Science and minor in Biology. She spent several years on soil surveys and mapped just over a half million initial acres in this region. She has provided over 400 instances of technical soil services in Eastern Oregon and SW Idaho while working with federal partners, tribal nations, state agencies, and private landowners. She is currently a Resource Soil Scientist in the Boise state office. Check out her story map at Idaho Soil Health (arcgis.com) to learn more about soil health practices and projects happening around Idaho.
Kenton will be speaking to the importance of physical exercise as it applies to being fit for hunting and fit for the daily routines on your farm.
As the founder of Train to Hunt, Kenton Clairmont has spent 25 years helping people overcome obstacles on their way to the best versions of themselves. Former four sport athlete, professional baseball player and CrossFit owner, he feels called to help people go further, hunt longer, or just finally lose that extra weight. He is the proud husband of Heidi Clairmont and dad to three incredible kids, Jett, Harper and Ryder. Kenton will be speaking to the importance of physical exercise as it applies to being fit for hunting and fit for the daily routines on your farm.
Tasha will be speaking on the importance of soil health and how it affects what you grow on your farm. In addition, the ladies will speak about carbon drawdown, microbial activity beneath your feet and soil nutrients.
Tasha Paul is a Resource Soil Scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. She assists with projects related to updating soil survey data, studying hydric soils in the arid west, and sharing about soil health to different audiences. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Idaho.
Tristian will be speaking to the importance of home or shelter efficiency and the ways in which to build or improve your structure. Efficient structures decrease bills and our ecological footprint on the earth. Tristian will also have information on no-waste water systems.
Over the past 20 years, Tristian Bounds has traveled all over the world working on water/wastewater projects. Those experiences – in many different cultures and climates – have given him a unique and broad perspective on the challenges we face and the solutions available to solve those problems. He believes that water is our most precious resource, and also one of our most vulnerable. Tristian’s seen how waterborne diseases and poor waste management practices affect not only the health of individuals, but the security of entire communities.
He’s an environmentalist who strongly believes that we have the ability to engineer our built environment so that it’s regenerative in both design and function. We have to continue to improve our relationship with water through innovation, policy, and design to secure the future of our planet for our children and for generations to come.
Tristian is a professional engineer (P.E.), licensed in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Utah. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Boise State University. Tristian and his wife, Juliana, are the parents of three children and live in Boise, where they enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities that area has to offer.
- Water Environment Federation Program Committee, Water Reuse Committee, and Small Communities Committee
- Pacific Clean Water Association
- International Living Future Institute (Affiliate)
Marc will speak about the concept and philosophy of the Life Steading movement, the financial side of life steading or how to monetize your farm and how to raise pack goats.
Marc Warnke owner of Packgoats.com and Ripple Ranch has raised a variety of goat breeds to join him and pack gear on backcountry adventures for the last 10 years. After moving to Ripple Ranch, Marc expanded on his idea of homesteading and began living the Lifesteading movement. In addition to raising a variety of animals and plants on his land, he has made his ranch available to meditation and yoga events, community gatherings for personal growth, pack goat education events and now the first Life Steading event. This event is designed to educate and inform others on how to live and create a more sufficient life in an experiential way.
Ben is a designer who specializes in digital illustration and cartography. He uses drone, satellite and LiDAR data to depict a high degree of terrain comprehension. He is able to operate globally through remote sensing techniques. He uses QGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premiere Pro to create maps and animations for the world’s leading designers of regenerative agriculture. These assets are vital for comprehensive design work to be performed from afar. Designing drought proof, fireproof, famine proof landscapes that work passively with nature is the path every homesteader should try their hardest to emulate. Maps are the key to unlocking that potential.
Ben will use Marc’s property in the presentation to explain how he can use this mapping system on your property. Layered mapping allows you to design your landscape effectively because you will see where the water is predominantly located to grow feed and how the terrain changes allow for the proper use of land.
Ben Missimer at Pearl River Eco Design
Consultant – Designer – GIS Technician – Digital Artist
Carmen Willmore – Forage Specialist speaking on forage types for goats and pasture rotation.
Carmen is an Extension Educator for the University of Idaho based out of Bingham County. She has been with the University of Idaho since the spring of 2015 working in the areas of Livestock, Forages, and 4-H youth development. Her extension program focuses on best management practices for livestock producers and youth. She works closely with local livestock organizations and community groups to enhance their knowledge in new farming practices. She also owns and operates a herd of Boer and Nubian goats with her husband and family in Eastern Idaho.
Carmen will be speaking about the different forage types for goats and the importance of pasture rotation. The goal is to provide winter forage types and low water forage types for areas that are drier to optimize the grass seasons and lower your cost for purchasing grass hay.
Joshua Chapman – USDA/NRCS
Speaking on agricultural government funding options for land optimization.
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