Homesteaders of Iowa

Bulletin Board

Pre-registration of classes is closed. 

Pay your admittance fee at the gate. 
Only pay once for both days.
($5 per person or $10 per carload.
Cash is preferred.)

Breakfast in the Dining Hall 8am to 8:45am
5 Guys Barbeque Food Truck - Outside
The Flour Shop Bakery (snacks)- Vendor Hall
Get your food and take to tables in Vendor Hall.

Bring your canner lids on Friday. The lady who will be
testing them will be at the Expo from 10am to 2pm.

Don't forget that Matthew Ott will be forging at the shop, weather permitting, throughout Friday and Saturday.
He will be outside, so stop by when you see him there.  
Matt has some things he has made that will be for sale.

Update on Class Registration Status

Horse & Cattle Ranching class should more aptly be called
Ranching, Riding, and Roping, Our Story.
Bob will be bringing his lariat
to demonstrate some of his roping skills.
Who wants in on that fun?

Can't get into the Chickens class? 
Try the Rabbits class instead.

IF there is still ROOM AVAILABLE,
you will be allowed to change classes at the Expo.
Make Sure to Have FUN!!!


Sitting under the tree canopy at Forest Lake Camp in the summer of 2022, a few of us developed the idea of a homesteading group with a family friendly environment to interact with like-minded people who are interested in homesteading's self-sufficient lifestyle, with a willingness to learn from and support one another.  And as it developed, it was apparent that we needed to facilitate a gathering to share the aspects and diverse skills of homesteading. 
Visit our Facebook Group
to ask questions and to interact with homesteaders.

Go to the Facebook Group - Click Here

Our Facebook Page
There are still a few RV sites available at Forest Lake Camp.
Cabins have all been booked.

Get Directions and Learn About the Camp - Click Here

Pioneer Ridge Nature Center has RV sites available. 
Their year-round cabins are already booked.
Go to: My County Parks
Southfork Motel and Grill in Bloomfield is offering a discount
for HOI Expo 2023.  Please call them to book with the discount. 
641-664-1063.  Southfork Motel and Grill - Bloomfield, IA
Ottumwa is 10 minutes away, has places to eat,
and several high quality Hotels
You can find them through your favorite booking site.

On Friday, there will be a campfire at the lake shore. There may be singing and storytelling.  You'll have to be there to find out.
HOI Expo 2023 Speaker Biographies: 
Rachel Lames
Andy Joseph, State Apiarist
Faith Reeves, Soil Specialist