Murray Fest Midwest Speakers

Learn from top speakers over two days across four stages.

Join the McMurray Hatchery team at home in Iowa this summer for a weekend of learning, entertainment, and community. Murray Fest Midwest is an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of homesteading skills and topics from leading experts. Spend two full days attending seminars about homesteading, animal husbandry, gardening, cooking and food preservation, beekeeping, and more.

Learn the ins and outs of chicken keeping and pastured poultry from McMurray’s Tom Watkins and special guest Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Grow more food, and a better life, with Jessica Sowards of Roots and Refuge Farm. Dive into homesteading and food preservation with A Farm Girl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott. Hear the inspiring words and music of Murray Fest Midwest’s special guest and entertainer Rory Feek presented by the Iowa Tourism Office and Premier 1 Supplies. And that’s just few of the many experts you’ll hear from over the two days at Murray Fest Midwest.

MURRAY FEST MIDWEST FEATURED SPEAKER

CHARLES DOWDING

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized British gardener, author, and a pioneer of modern no dig gardening and organic soil management. Join Charles this summer at Murray Fest Midwest, as he shares how to grow soil more naturally; to grow healthy and health-giving food; grow more, from fewer resources, in less time; and the help the planet at the same time.
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MURRAY FEST MIDWEST
FEATURED SPEAKER

Murray Fest Midwest | Featured Keynote Speaker | Charles Dowding

CHARLES DOWDING

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized British gardener, author, and a pioneer of modern no dig gardening and organic soil management. Join Charles this summer at Murray Fest Midwest, as he shares how to grow soil more naturally; to grow healthy and health-giving food; grow more, from fewer resources, in less time; and the help the planet at the same time.

Don’t miss these leading experts at Murray Fest Midwest. Click each image to learn more about our speakers.

Rory Feek

FEATURED SPEAKER AND ENTERTAINER

Farmer, filmmaker, author, and artist Rory Feek is a world-class storyteller. Rory is one-half of the Grammy-award-winning duo, Joey+Rory. He has written multiple number-one songs including Some Beach by Blake Shelton, and A Little More Country Than That by Easton Corbin. His memoir, This Life I Live, debuted at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live on a historic farm one hour south of Nashville.

Jessica & Jeremiah Sowards

ROOTS AND REFUGE FARM
THE CAROLINA HOMESTEAD EXCHANGE

Jessica and her husband Jeremiah live on a homestead just outside of Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. Jessica is passionate about growing food, and inspires others to live a more intentional and sustainable life.

Anne Briggs

ANNE OF ALL TRADES

Anne Briggs operates a farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where she raises dairy and beef cattle, goats, and chickens. Anne is truly a renaissance woman with a passion for teaching others about traditional skills, homesteading, woodworking, crafts, entrepreneurship, and mental health.

Daniel Salatin

POLYFACE FARMS

Daniel Salatin is a multi-generational farmer with a lifetime of hand-on experience from growing up on one of the nation's most well-known regenerative farms. Today, Daniel leads the day-to-day operations at Polyface, and is dedicated to teaching , team building, and healing the soil.

Ann Accetta-Scott

A FARM GIRL IN THE MAKING
ACORN CREEK FARMSTEAD

Ann Accetta-Scott is a homesteader in Tennessee raising poultry, goats, cows and rabbits. She is an educator and encourages those who are seeking to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Ann is also the face behind the website A Farm Girl in the Making and author of The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest.

Coffee with the Chicken Ladies

HOLLY CALLAHAN-KASMALA & CHRISIE DICARLO

Holly Callahan-Kasmala and Chrisie DiCarlo are the creators and hosts of Coffee with the Chicken Ladies Podcast. Best friends and long time chicken keepers, they're passionate about rare and heritage breeds and educating about top notch health care for poultry. Chrisie and Holly each live on a small farm in Maryland where they keep chickens, sheep, and grow lots of heirloom fruit, flowers, herbs, and veggies.

RuthAnn Zimmerman

HOMESTEADING WITH THE ZIMMERMANS

RuthAnn and her family live in North East Iowa. Her husband, Elvin, and her have 7 children and 1 son-in-law. Five of the children still live at home. RuthAnn and her husband have been homesteading on their 21-acre homestead since 2001. They seek to preserve the self-sufficient lifestyle of their Mennonite Heritage for the next generation by involving their children in every aspect of the homestead.

Jason Contreras

SOW THE LAND

Jason and his family homestead 14 acres in North Carolina. In 2016 Jason, his wife Lorraine, and their daughter sold most of their belongings and left the city in California to start a small 1.5 acre homestead in the mountains of North Carolina. Recently, they upgraded to a 14 acre property where they document their life on YouTube. The Contreras family uses their platform to educate others about growing food, building stuff around the farm, and living a healthier lifestyle.

Tom Watkins

MURRAY MCMURRAY HATCHERY

A family man, homesteader, and chicken tender, Tom Watkins sits at the helm of one of the oldest family-owned hatcheries in the country. With a passion for building community, Tom brings a wealth of down-to-earth knowledge, practical tips, and a few good jokes to the table as he works to educate homesteaders, urban flock tenders, 4-H youth, and everyone in between.

Dalia Monterroso

WELCOME TO CHICKENLANDIA

Dalia is a backyard chicken educator, entertainer, and author from the popular YouTube channel Welcome to Chickenlandia, her podcast Bawk Tawk, and her online course Backyard Chickens 101: A Chicken Course for Everyone. In Dalia's book, Let’s All Keep Chickens! A Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World, she shares the ins and outs of chicken keeping. Being among her flock has brought peace and joy into her life, and she wishes to share that with everyone she meets.

Janelle Anderson

THE HAVEN FARMSTEAD

Native Wisconsinite and Tennessee farmsteader, Janelle Anderson has a lifetime of experience raising and keeping cattle and other livestock. Janelle and her husband Ben live a life rooted in hard work — gardening; raising meat birds, turkeys, and pigs to sell to the neighboring communities; raising a beef herd, building community; and hosting workshops sharing with other the skills and knowledge they have learned over the years.

Janet Garman

TIMBER CREEK FARM
SAWDUST PUBLISHING

Farmer, blogger, author, and publisher Janet Garman is the Timber Creek Farmer — known for her wealth of knowlege and experience raising sheep and producing beautiful free-range yarn. Janet is a seasoned mentor for homesteaders across the nation, with a passion for teaching others to raise livestock, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and small farm management.

Jordyn & Josh Kelly

WORKING AUSSIES HOMESTEAD

Jordyn and Josh Kelly are first-generation homesteaders from North Carolina. In addition to raising their daughter and growing food on their small homestead, the couple is known for breeding Australian Shepherds, training herding dogs to help with livestock on a homestead or farm, and teaching others how to choose the right breed of dog for their homestead or farm.

Sara Holton

THE HOLTON HOMESTEAD

Sara and her husband, Tyler, started their Iowa homestead in 2015. Though they have tried all kinds of different homesteading 'things' — poultry, pigs, gardening, canning, sourdough, and more — they learned they are most passionate about beekeeping. The couple is now solely self-employed and make a living with bees selling at farmers markets and other local vendor markets.

Jeannette Beranger

THE LIVESTOCK CONSERVANCY

Named one of Country Women magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds, and one of the Grow Network’s “Top 14 Women Leading the Natural Food Movement,” Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy. Jeannette plans and implements breed conservation programs, is an active lecturer, writer, photographer, and co-author of the best-selling books An Introduction to Heritage Breeds and Managing Breeds for a Secure Future.

Joe Putnam

PREMIER 1 SUPPLIES

Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier’s instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Joe spends time on his family’s 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

Dr. Yuko Sato

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
VDPMAD / ISU EXTENSION

When it comes to seeking out expert advice on poultry health, Dr. Yuko Sato is the expert to go to. Dr. Sato is an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. She is also board-certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Clyde Majerus

CLYDE'S GARDEN PLANNER

Clyde Majerus is a 25+ years experienced gardener from the Ozarks in South Missouri.
As a Master Gardener, Clyde has lots to share for both experienced and new gardeners alike. He has developed a very handy Vegetable Gardening Slide Chart which works all over the country, and over 1/2 million sold! His chart is a "Must-Have" for new gardeners, and a great quick reference to those who have been gardening for years.

Zack Greene

MYSHIRE FARM

Known as the Quail Guy, Myshire Farm is a family owned & operated quail farm in Ohio producing over 1 million quail eggs a year. Myshire Farms passion is to educate, encourage and enthuse others to be more self sufficient. Whether you are furthering your homestead or beginning in your backyard, Zack will show you how quail are a PERFECT dual-purpose addition to any homestead.

Bart Pals

BART PALS POULTRY

Bart Pals has been awarded the distinction "Master Exhibitor" by both the American Poultry Association (APA) and American Bantam Association (ABA), served as Vice President of the APA, and is the current chair the APA Standard of Perfection and revision committees. Bart has been a licensed judge for both the APA and ABA for over 30 years, judging county and state fairs, and national shows across North America.

MURRAY FEST MIDWEST IS PRESENTED BY

Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by Murray McMurray Hatchery
Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by Premier 1 Supplies
Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by The Carolina Homestead Exchange
Murray Fest Midwest | Sponsors | Iowa Tourism Office
Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by Omlet
Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by Brinsea USA
Murray Fest Midwest | Presented by the Webster City Chamber of Commerce

Grow your business by connecting with homesteaders, backyard chicken keepers! Learn more about becoming a sponsor or a vendor at Murray Fest Midwest.

Murray Fest Midwest paid for in part by the Iowa Tourism Office.

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