​COOP CAMP SPEAKERS & PRESENTATIONS 
(Subject to Change)

Bev and Sam
Drink and Farm (Ohio and Michigan)
One session

Bev and Sam host a weekly adult farm comedy podcast about the realities of farm life.  They like to keep it real, including their mistakes, things they learn and funny tangents.  Their goal is to create a supportive community for imperfect farmers…and have some fun along the way.  They’ll be sharing with us how to start a podcast…and why we should want to!

Pat Foreman
Speaker/Author/Chicken Advocate (Virginia)
Presented by The Livestock Conservancy
One session

Pat graduated from Purdue University with a dual major in Animal Science and Pharmacy.  A Master Gardener, speaker, author and consultant, Pat can be found sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for chickens and gardening at major festivals and conferences across the country.  She is the author of several books on the subject of backyard chickens and gardening and founder of the Gossamer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to global sustainability and local foods.  Pat will be speaking to us on the value and benefit of Heritage chickens and why we might want to consider an “old-timey” breed for our yards and homesteads.

Michelle Geiss
A Coven of Cackling Hens (Arizona)
One session

Michelle brings her talent and background as an art teacher to our Paint ‘n Sip workshop.  Her creations in metal, cloth and paint have been big hits in the Coop Camp marketplace over the years.  Passionate about chickens, and passionate advocate for disabled chickens, Michelle will be discussing the practical and emotional considerations when a chicken dies.


Tony Halsted
Hoover’s Hatchery (Iowa)
One session

Hoover’s Hatchery is a family operation and has been for the last 74 years.  The company focuses on breeding and shipping quality chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, bantams and guineas and of course, first class customer service.  Tony carries on those traditions today, and will be talking with us about backyard breeding best practices for successful breeding programs.

Darrin Karcher, PhD
Researcher and Poultry Extension Specialist at Purdue University (Indiana)
Two sessions

Dr. Karcher’s emphasis is educating the small flock audience, helping them to become successful and enjoy positive poulty interactions. His program focuses on poultry well-being, safety, physiology and nutrition. In two sessions, he will present information on Small Flock Management and Best Egg Management Practices.

Twain Lockhart
Poultry Consultant, Author/Speaker Nutrena Feeds (Wisconsin)
Two Sessions

Always a favorite, Twain will once again bring his lifetime of poultry knowledge and experience to Coop Camp.  Known for his humorous and down to earth teaching style, Twain’s vast story of knowledge is an asset to all!  Twain will be presenting on two topics:  The storied history of the chicken (including how they saved Western civilization) and chicken nutrition.

Jennifer Murtoff
Home to Roost (Chicago)
Two sessions

Jennifer Murtoff provides compassionate, down to earth consulting and emergency care for backyard chickens through Home to Roost, her consulting business for Chicagoland “city folk”.  She provides information and resources from chicks to adults as well as emergency advice and trouble-shooting.  In addition she conducts classes and presentations for gardening groups and schools and has taught for the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum the Garfield Park Conservatory.  She has also appeared as a guest on television and radio shows and been the subject of a number of video documentaries.  Jennifer will be presenting two sessions at Coop Camp.

Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine (Indiana)
Two sessions

This will be Dr. Wakenell’s second visit to Coop Camp.  A poultry veterinarian and associate professor of avian diagnostic at Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine,  she brings a lifetime of knowledge to her presentations.  Widely recognized locally and nationally for leading initiatives to minimize the threat of disease transmission associated with backyard poultry, Dr. Wakenell also established the Purdue Veterinary Poultry Medicine program, a fully endowed teaching program. 

​​​​COOP CAMP WORKSHOPS

Camp Registration Required


Workshop 1
Friday Evening, 7:00 pm
Paint ’n Sip
with Michelle Geiss of A Coven of Cackling Hens

Calling all our budding artists!  Join art teacher Michelle Geiss as we paint our own interpretation of a patriotic rooster  using a sample painting by Michelle as our inspiration.  Spend the evening getting to know your fellow Campers and unleashing your creative spirit… then take your masterpiece home to enjoy. Michelle is donating all proceeds from this workshop to support our Coops for Troops program.

Workshop 2
Saturday Evening, 8:00 am
Goat Yoga
with yoga instructor Jessica Sprenkel and goat whisperer Erica Hopkins AND the wonderful Nigerian Dwarf goats from Twin Willows Farm

Start your day with some gentle stretching and a lot of smiles.  Join us for an early morning all-level gentle yoga class taught by Jessica Sprenkel and featuring the delightful goats of Twin Willows Farm.
*PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MAT OR TWO BEACH TOWELS FOR YOUR COMFORT

Workshop 3 - Part One
Saturday, Noon (lunch available for purchase)
Make ’N Take - Create Your Own Mini Houseplant Fairy Garden with Tiny Chickens
Rachael Porter of The Porter Farms and Houseplant Designs

Limited to 30 participants
Let’s grow something together!  Join Rachael Porter (from The Porter Farm and Houseplant Designs) in creating your own mini-cement planter. Then pot up your own personally selected houseplant(s) to make a mini fairy garden… complete with tiny chickens!  This is a TWO-PART workshop.  We will create the planters on Saturday and plant them on Sunday.  NOTE:  Planters and fairy garden are small and designed for travel.

Workshop 4
Saturday Evening 6:00 pm
Dinner Provided
Make ’n Take - Create Your Own Edible Wreath for your Chickens
with Shannon Myers of Two Creative Chicks and Rachael Porter from The Porter Farm/Houseplant Designs

Limit:  30 participants
Be a hero to your chickens — don’t come home empty-handed! Shannon and Rachael have teamed up to bring you this fun and engaging chicken enrichment activity.  Shannon will help you  build your own edible wreath to take home to your flock.  As you plan and fabricate your wreath with Shannon… Rachael will identify the herbs you’re using and how they benefit your chickens. (Wreath is sized for easy transport home.)

Workshop 5
Saturday Evening 7:30 pm
With Reid Sprenkel, Director of Photography, Coop Dreams
Simple Shooting and Editing Tips to Improve Your Photos and Videos 

Want to amp up the WOW factor in your photos of your friends, family and flock?  Coop Dreams own Reid Sprenkel will review and discuss some simple things to remember when shooting photos and video along with some easy editing tips to further improve the images you take on your phone or other camera.  Reid will also share his view of the best camera(s) for getting great photos and video.

Workshop 6
Sunday Morning 8:00 am
Goat Yoga
with yoga instructor Jessica Sprenkel and goat coach Erica Hopkins with her goats from Twin Willows Farm

Start your day with some gentle stretching and a lot of smiles.  Join us for an early morning all-level gentle yoga class taught by Jessica Sprenkel and the wonderful goats of Twin Willows Farm.
*PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MAT OR TWO BEACH TOWELS FOR YOUR OWN COMFORT.

Workshop 7
Sunday Noon
Make ’N Take Pollinator Balls
with Steve Jones of Hands-On Beekeepers, The Bee Shop and Drebbieville Hives

Join Steve, our Coop Dreams bee coach, for a discussion about planting successful pollinator gardens.  As part of the workshop, you’ll make your own Pollinator Seed Ball designed specifically for your geographic region. Take your Seed Ball home and toss into your pollinator garden bed … and soon your local bees will be buzzing with joy.  While working,  enjoy a discussion about the fascinating lives of bees,  beekeeping and harvesting honey.  In addition to being a seasoned beekeeper, Steve is also a Landscape Architect, so come prepared with pollinator garden questions

Workshop 3 – Part Two
Sunday Afternoon during Chicken Poop Bingo
Create Your Own Mini Houseplant Fairy Garden with Tiny Chickens
Rachael Porter of The Porter Farms and Houseplant Designs

This is the second session of Making Your Own Chicken Fairy Garden.  Using the pots created on Saturday, participants will choose the plants and plant their pot creations…including decorating with tiny flock members.  

Scroll down for full schedule

Copyright © 2019 Faded Jeans Productions LLC. All rights reserved.

                                                                SCHEDULE SUMMARY
Friday
Evening

      6:30 pm  Registration
      7:00 pm  Social, refreshments and Chicken Poop Bingo
      7:30  pm Optional Paint ’n Sip Workshop (for those who register)
     Michelle Geiss - A Coven of Cackling Hens
Saturday                                

Morning
 8:00 to 8:45 am 
     Optional Goat Yoga Workshop (for those who register)
     Jessica Sprenkel Erica Hopkins
     The Goats of Twin Willows Farm
 9:00 to 9:40 am
     Twain Lockhart
     Cargill/Nutrena
     The History of Chickens…. And How They Changed the World!
 9:50 to 10:30 am
     Darrin Karcher, PhD  
     Purdue University Extension
     Egg Management Techniques
10:30 Break 15 mins  
10:45 to 11:25 am    
     Darrin Karcher, PhD
     Purdue University Extension  
     Best Practices for Small Flock Management
11: 35 am to 12:15 pm
     Michelle Geiss
     A Coven of Cackling Hens
     When You Lose a Flock Member: What to Do with the Body, Dealing with Grief and

     Ideas for Meaningful Memorials

12:15 to 1:45 pm 
     Optional Lunch and  Optional Workshop (for those who register)
     Rachael Porter
     Houseplant Designs/The Porter Farm
     Make Your Own Houseplant Mini-Garden with Tiny Chickens Part 1 (30 minutes)  
  -OR- Lunch on Your Own  
Afternoon
 1:45 to 2:30 pm  

     Tony Halsted
     Hoover’s Hatchery
     So You Want to Be a Backyard Breeder?
 2:40 to 3:20 pm
     Jennifer Murtoff
     Home to Roost Playing Doctor:  Chicken First Aid (and When to Call an Avian Vet)

 3:20  to 3:35 pm    Break
 3:35 to 4:20 pm     
     Sam Bolton and Bev Ross
     We Drink and We Farm
     How to Start Your Own Podcast (And Why You Should Want To!)
 4:20 to 5:00 pm   
     Panel  Discussion
     A time for follow-up questions for Saturday speakers. 
 5:00 to 5:30 pm   
     Stretch and visit Vendor Marketplace
Evening
 5:30 to  6:15 pm   
     Pizza Dinner
     Chicken Poop Bingo
 6:15 to 7:15 pm 
     Optional Workshop
     Shannon Myers of Two Creative Chicks
     Rachael Porter of Houseplant Designs/The Porter Farm
     Edible Wreath for Chicken Enrichment Workshop (for those who register)
 7:30 to 8:15 pm
     Optional Photography Workshop
     Free/No pre-registration required
     Reid Sprenkel
     Director of Photography Coop Dreams
     Simple and Easy Editing Tips to Improve your Photos/Video

     AND Best Camera to Get the Job Done
Sunday
Morning
 8:00 to 8:45 am  

     Optional Goat Yoga Workshop (for those who register)
     Jessica Sprenkel
     Erica Hopkins
     The Goats of Twin Willows Farm
 9:00 to 9:40 am     
     Twain Lockhart
     Nutrena/Cargill Nutrition for Chickens
 9:50 to 10:30 am      
     Pat Foreman
     Speaker/Author/Backyard Chicken Advocate
     The Livestock Conservancy
     Heritage Chickens:  Is the Past Prolog?
10:30 Break 15 mins
10:45 to 11:25 am   
     Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD
     Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
     Icky Things Inside our Chickens
11:35 am to 12:15 pm
     Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD
     Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
     Coccidiosis and Marek’s Disease:  The Dynamic Duo  
12:15 to 1:45 pm  
     Optional Lunch and Pollinator Garden Workshop (for those who register)
     Steve Jones
     Hands on Beekeepers, The Bee Shop, Drebbieville Hives
     How to Create a Successful Pollinator Garden and Make Your Own Pollinator Seed Ball

     (specific to your geographic area)
 1:55 to 2:35 pm  
     Jennifer Murtoff  
     Home to Roost
     Bird Brains:  Flock Psychology
 2:30 to 3:10 pm   
     Panel Discussion
     A time for follow-up questions for Saturday speakers. 
 3:20 to 4:15 pm   
     Chicken Poop Bingo
     Optional Workshop Part 2
     Rachael Porter
     Houseplant Designs/The Porter Farm
     Make Your Own Houseplant Fairy Garden Part 2
     (For those who registered and completed Part 1)
     Putting Together Your Houseplant Mini Garden with Mini ChickensType your paragraph here.