Monthly Archives: November 2013

Midwest Sustainable Conference

A few weeks back, I sent out an email letting you know that some cohorts and I were planning an educational classroom style workshop and asked you to fill out an online survey.  Well, after a couple months of planning, reading survey results and getting things lined up we are announcing our first event.

I’m proud to let you know that Jason Akers of The Self Sufficient Gardener (who is an accomplished author, speaker and holds a PDC) and Rick Beach of Wolf-Beach Farms (who also holds a PDC from Geoff Lawton’s PRI School) and myself will be presenters at this conference.

We are going to cover everything from the basics of sustainable gardening and permaculture to raising meat chickens, building homestead & farm infrastructure, establishing orchards, organic gardening, aquaculture and anything in between.  Visit our online schedule of events for all of the details.  We have on tap over 20 hours of classroom time, a 2.5 hour open panel Q&A discussion as well as two meet and greets with all three presenters on Friday evening, January 10th.  This is a jam packed educational event and you will be blown away by the amount of ground we are going to cover and the value you receive.  If you are serious about raising food on your own homestead or farm in a sustainable manner, for yourself or for profit, this is a can’t miss event.  If you are not familiar with permaculture (permanent agriculture) and it’s concepts, please read this short article by Rick Beach. 

The conference will be held on January 11-12 here in Indianapolis at a very reasonable cost, and there are discounts available for paying in advance (as well as additional discounts for TSP MSB members).  We have a very nice hotel facility which is hosting us for this event and we have negotiated a really great room rate for anyone wishing to stay overnight on either the 10th or 11th.  Be certain to mention the Midwest Sustainable Conference when booking your room!  You can even select an optional catered box lunch (local, organic ingredients including Simpson Farm meats!) during the event in the conference room when you register for the event.

I can’t tell you how excited Jason, Rick and myself are to put on this workshop.  We all love to teach and share what we have learned on our respective properties.  To read all about the conference and get registered, please visit us at  Please note that seating is very limited.