Considering a more rural life?

Wanting to improve your homesteading skills?

Desiring a more self-reliant Catholic community? 

Join homesteaders and farmers Joel Stroot, Jason Craig, Jim Curely, and Thomas Van Horn on Saturday November 13th for a day packed with hands on activities and discussions:


  • Basics of Cows (Dairy & Beef)
  • Slaughtering and Butchering (Live Pig Slaughter)
  • Permaculture & Pasture Management
  • Gardening for the Home Kitchen and Preservation
  • Beekeeping (Beginner and Advance Classes)
  • Candle-making
  • Soap-making
  • Prudent Preparedness

Sign-up early as space is limited. 

Register Now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your skill set and network with other Catholic Homesteaders!  Note: all of the presenters are from the Southeast perspective, so if this is your region you’ll be in the sort of company you need.

About the presenters:

  • Jason Craig is the founder of St. Joseph Farm, co-founder of Fraternus, and the fumbling owner of Once Upon a Cow Micro Dairy.  The Craig family has been homesteading since 2012 and started Grade A micro-dairying in 2019.
  • Jim Curely has been homesteading in Bethune SC for 17 years.  The Curely family adventures include operating a small Catholic publishing company, more than a few pigs, and many adventures in husbandry and gardening.
  • Joel Stroot grew up farming.  Stroot became a dentist in his adult years, but returned to his farming roots at Faith Family Farm (  Stroot and his family operate a teaching farm in the permaculture style and feature all sorts of fruits, meats, and value-added products
  • Thomas Van Horn started East Hill Honey Company with 2 hives in his urban backyard and grew the business to commercial scale over the past 10 years.  Van Horn recently sold the retail side of his business to focus on specializing in bee sales, bulk honey production and homesteading with his family.

Price and Schedule:

  • The workshops will be held Saturday the 13th beginning at 8am.
  • The cost for attending the all-day conference/workshop is $150 for the first family member, $50 for additional members of the household.
  • For those coming from out of town, overnight accommodations on St. Joseph’s Farm are available but limited to 13 individuals.  The cost for workshop+overnight stay is $250.
  • All participants are welcomed to participate in the pig-slaughter on Friday November 12th starting at 6pm.
  • The weekend includes lunch and dinner on Saturday for all participants (the pig from Friday night!) and meatless dinner for overnighters (Friday evening).