In the heart of the modern world, where our connection to the sources of our food seems distant, there’s a growing desire to reclaim our roots, to understand the origins of what sustains us. This yearning resonates deeply with a diverse range of individuals: those dreaming of tending to their own land, educators seeking to impart hands-on knowledge, families yearning for a more sustainable lifestyle. To address the aspirations of these aspiring homesteaders, sustainable living educators, and families, the workshop titled “Build a Bountiful Homestead: A Practical, On Farm Workshop for Understanding Organic Dairy Animals from the Ground Up” emerges as a beacon of practical wisdom.

Cultivating Dreams on the Homestead

For the dreamers envisioning a life intertwined with the land, organic farming beckons with its promise of wholesome living. Reuben DeMaster, a seasoned organic farmer with over a decade of hands-on experience, serves as a guide for these aspiring homesteaders. His journey into the world of organic farming began in 2009, and since then, he’s cultivated not just crops but a way of life that’s deeply rooted in what is natural and traditional.

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Reuben’s expertise goes beyond the confines of a farm; it extends into the realm of education and community advocacy. His teachings have touched the lives of interns, new farmers, farm members, and the wider community. Now, through the “Build a Bountiful Homestead: A Practical, On Farm Workshop for Understanding Organic Dairy Animals from the Ground Up” workshop, Reuben’s invaluable insights are accessible to all who seek a deeper understanding of organic dairy animals and sustainable living practices.

Crafting a Comprehensive Workshop

This transformative workshop unfolds over two immersive hours, offering participants the chance to step out of the ordinary and into the heart of a working farm. The workshop experience is a harmonious blend of outdoor exploration, hands-on interaction, and insightful classroom learning. Here’s a glimpse of what participants can expect:

1. Guided Pasture Walk and Animal Interaction

The journey commences with a guided tour of the farm’s lush pastures. This firsthand experience reveals the practical application of organic principles, providing a canvas upon which aspiring homesteaders can paint their dreams.

Farmer tour with cows in pasture field

2. Insights into the Milking Process

Reuben’s workshop takes participants to the heart of dairy operations: the milking area. Here, amidst the gentle hum of the farm, Reuben will explain the choices you have in order to create a system that will have the healthiest dairy products grace your tables.

3. Classroom Wisdom and Take-Home Tools

The workshop takes a deeper dive in the “classroom”, where Reuben’s presentation unfolds. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of organic dairy management, covering essential aspects from breeding and birthing to milking and feeding. To ensure that the knowledge gained is tangible and enduring, Reuben provides handouts that serve as valuable references for future endeavors.

Empowerment for the Whole Family

For families seeking to instill values of sustainability in their children, this workshop is a treasure trove of learning opportunities. Children can witness the circle of life on the farm, from the pastures to the milking area, fostering a profound connection with nature. Parents can glean insights into sustainable practices that can be integrated into daily family life, nurturing a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Guiding Educators and Advocates

Educators eager to bring authentic agricultural knowledge to their students will find Reuben’s insights invaluable. The workshop provides a comprehensive overview of organic dairy management, allowing educators to enrich their curriculum with practical, real-world experiences. The knowledge gained extends beyond the classroom, empowering educators to be ambassadors of sustainable living.

Nurturing Aspiring Homesteaders

For those yearning to embark on their homesteading journey, this workshop is a cornerstone of knowledge. Reuben’s insights into organic dairy management provide a solid foundation for individuals considering incorporating dairy animals into their homestead. From breeding to milking, participants will receive a practical overview that enables them to take confident steps towards their sustainable dreams.

Secure Your Seat for a Transformative Experience

Aspiring homesteaders, sustainable living educators, and families seeking meaningful connections with the origins of their food can all find a home in the “Build a Bountiful Homestead: A Practical, On Farm Workshop for Understanding Organic Dairy Animals from the Ground Up” workshop. Set to take place on September 2, 2023, this workshop invites you to delve into the heart of organic dairy management alongside Reuben DeMaster, an experienced organic farmer and educator. Spaces are limited, so secure your spot now by registering through our website. Your ticket purchase will grant you access to an immersive experience that bridges the gap between theory and practice, enriching your journey towards a more sustainable and connected lifestyle.


The “Unlocking the Secrets of Organic Dairy Management” workshop is an invitation to explore the potential of sustainable living, an opportunity to learn from the wisdom of an experienced organic farmer. Reuben DeMaster’s insights provide a roadmap for aspiring homestead.

Workshop Details:

Date: September 2, 2023

Time: 10 am

Title: Unlocking the Wisdom of Organic Farming: An Essential Workshop for Every Household and Homestead

Location: Willow Haven Farm, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Price: $29 per session.

Small workshop size guarantees your questions will receive personal answers from Farmer Reuben. Register today using the link below:

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Next step: After you purchase your tickets you’ll be sent a link to fill out our registration form.

Expert Presenters

Our in person, on farm workshops will impart high value information and experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Harvest of Wisdom Homesteading Conference at Willow Haven Farm on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 8 am – 4 pm.

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Make THIS your Labor Day Weekend Plan! You won’t regret it!

Next step: After you purchase your tickets you’ll be sent a link to fill out our registration form.

Need overnight accommodations? Here is our list of suggestions to stay in the area.

Thank you for supporting your local farm.

We’ll keep farming for you!

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster
Willow Haven Farm​ ​
Directions to the farm

P.S. Save the date for our next event:

Sat. & Sun. October 14 & 15 – Lehigh Valley Open Gate Farm Tour

  • group farm tours
  • demonstrations
  • meet our partner farmers
  • brick oven pizza