Meet Your Host

I’m Shelby DeVore.

I’m the founder of Farminence, a former high school and college agriculture teacher and an experienced gardener with over 20 years of experience.  I have a M.S. in Agriculture and spent five years teaching college and high school students how to grow vegetable plants from seeds, in a variety of spaces, including containers, fields and greenhouses.  

I put this summit together because I believe that everyone has a green thumb, you just have to wipe the dirt off of it to find it.  You can find me on our 14-acre farm with my husband, three kids, and way too many animals to list, where we grow all sorts of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.

Meet Your Speakers

Dana Thompson
Planning a Food Forest Garden for Your Backyard, and Why You Should Have One.

Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mother to 4 kids living on 10 acres in the south of New Zealand. She started her gardening journey helping her mother in the garden while growing up and now has 15 years experience growing food for her own family.

Suzan Ferreira
Creating a Seed Starting Schedule

In 2005 Suzan’s journey into the homesteading life began with the purchase of acreage in rural NH with the intent of mindfully living more sustainably.

Being a passionate learner and implementer of all things healthy and holistic, it was Suzan’s goal to have her daughter grow up rooted to the earth and create a more simple & wholesome life for her family.

By growing their own organic food, raising their own livestock, and developing a deeper connection to earth’s healing gifts through foraging and wildcrafting herbal remedies, Suzan has been able to create a life that accomplishes this and more.

Suzan’s roots in sharing & teaching naturally began to surface through this journey. In 2018 Suzan founded It’s My Sustainable Life, an online homesteading blog, with the intent to do just that. Share her love and knowledge of living a bit more mindfully, one season at a time, not because it’s the fashionable thing to do. But because it brings joy & health to many, no matter where they live.

Anna Sakawsky
10 Best Crops for Your Victory Garden

Anna Sakawsky is a former city girl turned modern homesteader who lives with her husband, their four-year-old daughter, two cats, two pet rabbits and six chickens on a ¼-acre on the edge of the forest in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. Here they produce and preserve hundreds of pounds of their own food every year and strive to live a more self-reliant lifestyle in everything that they do.

Anna is the creator of The House & Homestead, a blog about real food, natural living and all things related to homesteading, self-reliance and getting back to a simpler, more sustainable way of life.

She’s also the writer, editor and publisher of the free monthly online magazine, Modern Homesteading Magazine, where she gets to combine her background in journalism and her childhood dream of being a magazine editor with her passion for homesteading and sustainable living and share them with the world.

When she’s not working on the blog or the magazine, she likes to spend her days digging in the dirt, creating in the kitchen and living a simpler, slower, more intentional life close to the land that provides for her and her family. She believes everything is better when it’s homemade from scratch, and she’s passionate about helping others learn to grow, cook and preserve their own food, create their own natural medicine and personal care products and live more sustainable, self-sufficient lives in the process.

You can check out Anna’s blog over at, subscribe to her YouTube channel and subscribe for FREE to Modern Homesteading Magazine at

Virginia Enyart
Garden Pests and Diseases

Virginia is the owner and writer at Homesteadyish.  She’s also a wife and mother of four. She lives on a 5-acre homestead that was once her grandparents’ in southwest Missouri. She’s a self-proclaimed seed hoarder! Virginia went from someone who could kill even the simplest plants to growing lush gardens that feed her entire family. If she can do it, anyone can learn to care for a garden.

Rebekah Pierce
Growing and Canning Tomatoes: How to Produce Enough For an Entire Year’s Worth of Snacking, Salsas, Sauces, and More!

Rebekah Pierce is a writer and the co-owner of J&R Pierce Family Farm in upstate New York. Here, she and her husband raise sheep, chickens, and pigs for meat and eggs. She also grows a wide variety of vegetables and herbs in her expansive backyard garden and hoophouse.

Rebekah writes regularly Morning Chores, Gardener’s Path, and many other websites primarily in the gardening, homesteading, and education niches (though she loves branching out and learning more about new topics as well).

In her spare time, Rebekah’s hobbies include running, reading, gardening, cooking, and canning. She’s also a mama to an adorable (and energetic!) six month old baby boy!

Victoria Pruett
Beginner’s Guide to Back to Eden Gardening

Victoria and is a born and raised 10th generation Texan raising the next generation on 8 acres in Central Texas with her husband of 15 years.

She has a large Back to Eden garden, vineyards, orchards, a huge blackberry thicket, 2 large fig trees, 2 milk cows, and 57 chickens. Her goal is to produce most, if not all, of their food through organic growing practices!

In addition to gardening, she has a long list of skills she likes to dabble in from time to time that varies from canning food, to weaving my her cloth, and of course knitting!

But mainly, Victoria loves keeping her home and pantry to the standard that her grandmother did before her; Homemade and Real.

She helps people take control of their food supply, no matter where they live, at

Jessica Quinn
Tips + Projects for Gardening with Kids

Jess is a first-generation homesteader and a mama of 4 sweet kiddos. She strives to be a resourceful & intentional steward of everything she has been blessed with.

Her mission at Mama on the Homestead is to help women build their dream homesteads from the ground up while raising faithful, frugal, and simple-life-loving families!

Lauren Dibble
How to Start a Vegetable Garden From Scratch

Ten years ago Lauren was going through a nasty divorce, suffering from chronic health issues, and was penniless. From a place of helplessness, she decided to take control over every area of her life and began her self-sufficient, homesteading journey. Through homesteading, she’s reclaimed her life, her health, and her independence. Now she’s living her best life, with her amazing kids, active duty husband, and has reclaimed her health, her money, and her future.

Kathryn Robles
How NOT to Compost!

Kathryn started homesteading on her family’s 10th acre lot in Portland, Oregon. She has experience raising chickens, goats, and rabbits, and gardening in a small space. Even though she has a black thumb, her family is starting a new urban homestead in San Antonio, Texas with the goal of creating a permaculture food forest.

Nikki Gwin
7 Reasons to Boost Your Vegetable Garden with Culinary Herbs

Nikki is the Southern Gardening Gal.
Being born into a family of farmers, she was destined to grow things. Flowers, vegetables, herbs… she can’t choose a favorite. And while she doesn’t have a college degree, she does have over thirty years of experience of what has worked for her. And maybe even more importantly, what has NOT worked for her.

Hiring a landscape architect is not in the average homeowner’s budget and she wants to help you realize you can do it yourself.

It’s not that complicated.
You do NOT have a brown thumb.
The process is fun and even therapeutic.

Nikki is here to guide you and help you to grow a backyard you love!

Angi Schneider
Edible Perennials – Plant Once, Enjoy for Years

Angi Schneider lives on a small homestead along the Texas Gulf Coast with her husband and children. For over 25 years they have sought to reduce their dependence on commercial products and the grocery store by growing food, living a DIY lifestyle and cooking simple, tasty meals from scratch. Angi shares their journey on her site, Angi is also the author of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Preserving Vegetables, which will teach you how to preserve vegetables by canning, dehydrating, fermenting, and freezing.

Autumn Rose
How to Create a Hugelkultur Kitchen Garden

Autumn returned to gardening and raising her own food after being diagnosed with advanced Lyme disease in her early adult years. She and her husband currently live on a tiny farmstead in the mountains of British Columbia where Autumn is a homemaker, real food cook and avid food preserver. She helps young women create natural homes and healthier families by teaching traditional homemaking skills.

Amy Bair
Growing Vegetables in Containers

Once upon a time, Amy was a vegetable hating, corporate life, city girl, who ate most of her meals out of a box or a can. Then her health took a nosedive. And it scared her enough to completely overhaul her diet. She decided to go totally vegetarian. A few years after that she discovered gardening – and as a result, discovered herself. 🙂

Lisa Lombardo
Growing an Organic Garden – Without the Weeds & Pests!

Lisa Lombardo is the author of ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading’ and the creator of The Self Sufficient HomeAcre. She grew up on a homestead, learning to garden, raise livestock, and preserve the harvest. Lisa has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.

Cris Daining
Natural Weed Control Tips (How to prevent weeds from stealing your gardening joy)

Cris Daining has been obsessed with gardening since she was a child. Throughout life’s adventures, she has gained experience gardening in the northern climates of Wisconsin and Michigan and the southern climate of sunny South Carolina. She has found ways to garden in apartments, suburbs, and even a rv trailer park until finally settling on a 2.2 acre homestead in upstate South Carolina. Her life’s quest in the garden is to find joy in the journey and constantly learn new knowledge from the land.

Ann Remo
Flowers to Grow with Vegetables

Ann has always loved flowers, but didn’t get serious about gardening until a few years ago. Even though she only had a balcony to work with, she was able to create a plant paradise with a variety of succulents and flowers within my space. With the launch of Blooming Anomaly in the spring of 2017, Ann is able to share her love and tips on gardening in small spaces while on a budget to thousands of gardeners all over the world. She continues to share with the world that anyone can garden, no matter how small a space or budget you have.

Kathie Lapcevic
Gardening for Food Security

Kathie N. Lapcevic is a blogger and teacher living in northwest Montana. She embraces a simple and seasonal life in which she works is often found either making a mess in the garden or in the kitchen. You can find her blog at Homespun Seasonal Living.

Diana Bouchard
How to Create Your Garden Calendar, (even if you only have 30 minutes)

Diana Bouchard is an elementary school teacher that loves to teach children the basics of where their food comes from and the power of spending time in nature.

She always dreamed of living in the country and having a large vegetable garden and orchard.
In 2015 she and her husband bought their 10-acre ranch on the foothills of a mountain range with an old farmhouse and remains of an old homestead life.

With love, sweat, and a lot of tears they work daily to raise their two young toddler boys, a small fold of Scottish Highland cattle, and 10 chickens.

As a family, they do what they can to grow, raise, preserve and harvest as much food as they can from their homestead and forage, fish, and hunt the local areas.

Diana knows first hand that the only way to get closer to leading a handmade homegrown kinda life you have to take a step backward, slow down and make a plan so that every day you’re doing just one thing that moves you closer to where you want to be.

She helps others plan a happy homesteading life with productivity tips, goal planners, and courses to save you time and money and find time to celebrate all that you do. At this summit, she’ll help you do just that so no matter what your gardening goals are this year, she’ll help you achieve them and have fun.

Find Diana at to grab your free garden calendar and get growing today!

Audrey Crawford
How to Transplant Seedlings Into Your Garden Successfully

Audrey has been raised on a ranch her entire life and finds so much joy in the simple things! She is blessed with an amazing husband, she works on a cattle ranch, and spends the rest of her time gardening, raising chickens, canning, and teaching others how to get back to their roots with her blog Audrey’s Little Farm!

Deborah Niemann
Gardening for Cowards

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, health coach, and self-sufficient expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing most of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables.

A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents throughout the US and Canada on topics including soapmaking, cheesemaking, raising livestock, gardening, and health. She is an online adjunct instructor in sustainable agriculture for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Raising Goats Naturally, and Goats Giving Birth. You can visit her online at

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