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Rick Austin- The Survivalist Gardener- Author- Secret Garden of Survival; Secret Greenhouse of Survival; Secret Livestock of Survival; Get Off Grid- Starting Now

Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

 Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival, How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse;  Secret Livestock of Survival – How to Raise the Very Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock; and Get Off Grid- Starting Now.

 Rick has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, Germany’s Galileo TV, PBS, Amazon Prime Video’s This Beast That Is The Global Economy, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper & Shooter Magazine and in Mother Earth News (three times).

 You can also hear Rick on his radio show Secrets of a Survivalist where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival.


Survivor Jane – Founder- , #preppertalk.  Survivor Jane’s “Now What?”  Class

Jane is a former city-girl turned prepper. She is the creator and editor of the #1 disaster survival and preparedness website for women:  

Her mission, as a public speaker, writer and social media persona is to help educate others on how to prepare by sharing her personal experiences and research in easy to understand language on different topics of disaster survival and preparedness.

As an additional outreach, Jane created the internationally used hashtag #PrepperTalk which has resulted in the Largest Prepper Community on Twitter bringing preparedness-minded people from all over the world together to share their ideas, suggestions and information on preparedness with one another.

She is the author of the books: What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How to Go From Completely Clueless to Totally Prepared;  Where There is No Cosmetic Counter and the 1st revision: Survivor Jane’s Guide to: Emergency/Survival Hygiene: A Prepper’s Cookbook for Making Personal Survival Hygiene Products. Since infection and germs are the #1 cause of death in a disaster situation, in her opinion, hygiene is one of the most overlooked areas in preparedness.

Jane has also appeared on the hit television series, National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppersreceiving one of the highest scores given in the series history and, was featured in the Special Newsweek Edition: Off-Grid along side such notables as “Survivorman” Les Stroud.


As a writer Jane has contributed to National Geographic Channel’s BlogTV, Prepper and Shooter Magazine, as well as Prepare Magazine and many other periodicals.

When she is not writing, you will find Jane on her homestead-practicing what she preaches –  because for Survivor Jane, “Preparedness is a life-style … not a hobby”.

Andrew Herrington – National Park Service – How Not to Die in the Wilderness; Retreat/Wildland Firefighting

Andrew Herrington understands that nothing is more important than keeping your family and yourself safe on your outdoor adventures and safely returning home. An avid outdoorsman, he has a lifetime of experience roaming the wilderness from the outback of Australia, to the wilds of Alaska in search of adventure, knowledge, and his next meal.

Employed by the National Park Service since 2001, he led the Wild Boar Eradication Program in the remote Twentymile district of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Hunting, trapping, and camping for weeks at a time in remote areas pursuing his quarry has allowed him to fine tune his outdoor safety and wilderness survival skills. During his career, Andrew also spent five years as the Twentymile back country law enforcement ranger, where his responsibilities included Resource Protection, Search and Rescue Operations, Emergency Medical Services , Wildland Firefighting, and Wildlife Management.

An experienced search and rescue team leader, tracking instructor, and emergency medical technician (EMT-B), he has first hand knowledge of how outdoor emergencies start, what happens during them, and how they are resolved. As a survivor of a major rock climbing accident, a rattlesnake bite, numerous bear encounters, and being stranded several times, he also understands what it is like to be on the other side of the equation, dependent on his skills and those of others. In 2015, he formed a specialized Backcountry Search & Rescue team,, to assist the National Park Service on Search & Rescue missions and was recognized with the National Park Service Search & Rescue Award in 2018. He was recognized with the Department of Interior Valor Award and the Tennesee Conservation Hero Award for his role in the evacuation of Gatlinburg during the 2016 Firestorm.

Prior to joining the Park Service,  he obtained his degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee and as a licensed damage control trapper, has used his trapping and hunting skills on a variety of game across North America.  As a modern day hunter-gatherer, wild edibles and meat are a regular part of his family’s diet, along with herbal remedies.

Whether it is hiking, climbing, kayaking, or traveling the world, Andrew’s diverse outdoor experience allows him to relate the principles of survival to your pastime and environment. From fugitive manhunts, wildland fires, whitewater raft guiding, and mixed martial arts competitions, he also understands the physiological effects of stress on the body and how they relate to survival situations.

Andrew has trained with some of the most renowned bushcraft, tracking, and herbalism instructors, most notably Mors Kochanski, Robin Blankenship, Charles Worsham, David Scott-Donelan, and Juliet Blankenspoor and has applied that knowledge throughout his career and to his own school’s curriculum.

Kendra Lynne- New Life on a Homestead YouTube Channel – Canning Basics

Kendra is a homesteading wife and mother of five with over a decade of experience growing and canning her family’s food. In 2008, Kendra and her family moved onto 34 acres of family land where they’ve been busy establishing edible gardens, learning how to wild forage, raising small livestock, practicing herbal medicine, and dabbling in off-grid living. Kendra loves to teach others the art of long term food preservation with a focus on water bath and pressure canning techniques. Her articles and interviews on homesteading can be found on her former website, New Life on a Homestead (.com), as well as The Prepper Broadcasting Network, The Survival Mom, The Prepper Project, Urban Exodus, Marjory Wildcraft’s Grow Network, Trayer Wilderness, Small Farm Nation and more! In 2013, Kendra partnered with All American Canners to produce a comprehensive DVD which teaches how to get started canning, covering everything from preserving fruits and vegetables to meats, beans, and meals-in-a-jar. It is her opinion that everyone should learn how to grow and store their own foods in order to eat healthier and be better prepared for hard times.

Nat Sellers – The Preparedness Guy – Emergency & Disaster Management;  Prepare Like a Pro

Nat is known as The Preparedness Guy. He is an Eagle Scout, husband, father, professional emergency manager, and military veteran, with experience as an Army Medic and Air Force Emergency Manager, HAZMAT Technician, and CBRN responder, with a Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management, and what all of that taught him is what he knew all along; we are ultimately responsible for ourselves and our families, and there comes a point where you are on your own. Now there’s something he can do about it.

By choosing his career path, his mission has been to make emergency responders and supporting organizations as effective as possible at helping their communities during times of crisis, but also to help the community members realize they cannot always rely on that help. Nat uses a mixed approach of experience and analysis to apply industry best-practices to personal preparedness, mixed with common-sense and personal responsibility, to help people focus on their needs rather than their fears, knowing that even in hard times or preparing for them, we can still have fun. He considers himself the bridge between preppers and emergency managers, since he lives in both worlds, and understands the fundamental responsibility individuals have for themselves. Nat is excited to share the best of the tools and processes the professionals use and apply them to home and family preparedness to help you Prepare like a Pro!

Randy Randolph – US Army (Retired) ; A Prepper’s Guide to Traveling

Randy Randolph is a 27 year veteran from the US Army as a Sergeant First Class (SFC/E7), and is a NRA Certified Instructor and is a Certified Pistol Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer.  He is also a competes in Rifle Marksmanship (in the Expert Class) ans enjoys fishing, boating, hiking, camping and motorcycle riding.

Tighe Kuykendall, NK4I; Ham Radio -Practical Radio Preps- Communications – Stuff You Need to Know;

Tighe Kuykendall is a lifelong learner and adventurer.  Growing up in Western NC he enjoyed camping and the outdoors.  He served in the US Army from 1990-97 where he learned basic radio skills and had the opportunity to live in foreign countries.  Tighe was first licensed as an Amateur Radio operator in 2001 and received his Amateur Extra class license in 2007 while living near Charleston SC where he was active with local radio groups.  He has been involved in many radio adventures from ARRL Field Day, being a special event station for the 13 Colonies Special Event, to portable operations from campgrounds or the top of mountains.  Today, Tighe lives with his wife and son on their homestead in East Tennessee where he enjoys sharing his experiences with others in hopes that he can help someone have their own adventure.

Sara F. Hathaway – Author and Podcaster, The Changing Earth Series.  Self Defense Class. Urban Survival Class.

Sara is a country girl, born and raised in Rochester, Michigan. She grew up gardening, canning, fishing, shooting and bow hunting. After moving to the foothills of California, she expanded her survival knowledge, developing skills in wild foraging, martial arts, and upcoming planetary changes. Her knowledge culminated into a fictional series titled, The Changing Earth Series.

To present the facts behind the fiction, she started The Changing Earth Podcast and has hosted over five years of shows, featuring survival professionals from around the globe. Interweaving preparedness into every facet of her life, during the day she is an insurance professional, preparing people for catastrophe and on her down time she continues to prepare others by teaching through her podcast.

Self-defense is a primary focus of Sara’s and many days you will find her in the gym, training mixed martial arts and instructing others to protect themselves by any means necessary. She and her husband and reside in north eastern Texas with their two boys.

Sara delights in passing down the knowledge she has gained to help others prepare for what is next.

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Ronald “Pork Chop” Mangum- Ice Road Truckers Star- Founding Member Bushcraft Survival Preppers- Dutch Oven and Camp Cooking Class

Ron has been prepping his entire life. He has also been a scout master, a cub master, for the Boy Scouts of America. Ron is proficient in First Aid, Wilderness Survival, Wilderness First Aid, and Bush Rafting.

Ron has learned the tips and tricks of cooking with Dutch Ovens and cast iron on a wood fire, throughout his life in the wilderness. He will pass his tips on to you throughout the day, as well as during his class, at Prepper Camp.



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Hakim Isler –  Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid Star, Decorated Combat War Veteran, 4th Degree Ninja Black Belt-   Psychological Warfare, Using a Combat Shovel/Entrenching Tool for Self Defense

Hakim Isler is the nation’s premier, professional African-American survivalist.  He is most notably recognized for his appearances on Discovery Channel’s Naked & Afraid, Naked & Afraid XL and FOX’s Kicking & Screaming.  A man of many skills, Hakim is a decorated combat war veteran, Ninja fourth degree black belt, certified close-protection specialist and professional self-defense & combat weapons instructor.  A business owner, published author, motivational speaker, TV host/personality and inventor – holding several patents and trademarks – Hakim is constantly pushing the limits of achievement…

Hakim Isler

Elite Guard LLC.

“Live to serve and through service experience true living.”  

Richard Cleveland- Primitive Wilderness Survival Skills; Wild Edible Survival

Richard Cleveland is the founder and director of Earth School, based near Asheville, NC. He is a former Lead Instructor at Tom Brown’s world famous Wilderness Survival School in New Jersey. Richard has also trained and studied extensively with Charles Worsham, a gifted Tracker and teacher of life. Other teachers he has studied with include, nationally renowned Cherokee herbalist David Winston, flintknapping experts Dr. Errett Callahan and Jack Cresson, as well as bowmakers Jim Hamm and Scott Silsby.

Richard teaches programs throughout the United States and has also led programs in Australia. He has taught survival and self-reliance skills to Navy Seals and civilians alike. His Survival School has been featured on cable TV shows, local news channels and various publications. During the past 29 years Richard has taught nature awareness and survival skills to thousands of people of all ages. He is an avid outdoorsman, fishing guide, writer, public speaker and a self-trained Naturalist. 

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith –Host of Prepperbroadcasting Network’s  “A Family Affair” –   Utilizing Fiber for Homesteading and Survival

Jordan is a mother, a craftsman and all around country living individual.   She grew up in the foothills of Arkansas and learned to crochet at a very early age.  She has always had the passion and drive to become as self-sufficient as possible and teach those skills to her children and others.     

‘Toolman’ Tim Cook – Prepper Broadcast Network; REPAIREDNESS – The Art Of Home Maintenance When Help Isn’t Around The Corner

‘Toolman’ Tim Cook is a Regular contributor to the expert council on The Survival Podcast and The Prepper Broadcast Network. He’s also been a featured guest speaker at The Living Free in Tennessee Spring Workshop, and creates content under The Workshop Banner. With over 500 videos and 100 podcast episodes, focusing on preparedness, home maintenance, entrepreneurship and gear reviews.

He spent the last 20 plus years learning the art of home maintenance and preparedness out of necessity and eventually turned those skills into a full time entrepreneurial venture. Tim runs All-Season’s Maintenance a successful handyman & property management business in East Central Alberta. Where he lives with his wife and 12 year old twin daughters.

Joel Ryals, Fortress K9;  The Trained Protection Dog – A Prepper’s Best Friend – And Best Security Asset

Major Joel Ryals is a veteran of the United States Army, serving over twelve years, on active duty, and three additional years in the National Guard and Reserves. He served as a Law Enforcement Commander and as the Training Officer for the Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC), Alaska. He deployed to Colombia, serving in the MIL Group at the Embassy in Bogota (2009). Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008) as the Police Operations Advisor and Executive Officer, his team conducted over 240+ combat missions through the streets of Baghdad. Serving in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan, 2003), he conducted 200+ combat missions, patrolling and perimeter security, special Forces escorts, detainee Operations and Quick Reaction Force Commander. His military experience has given him years of expertise in training for high threat situations.

For over 18 years Joel has trained, raised and bred working line German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. He strives to create and train the best dog available with a focus on physical health, mental capability, and solid, reliable nerves so that your Protection dog is ready to face any threat you may encounter. Joel is the owner/operator of Fortress K9 Kennels LLC and K9 Academy Online.;; Instagram @fortressk9, @fortressk9.puppies, @k9academyonline, @fortresssurvival; Facebook @fortressk9dogs, @fortressk9.puppies, @k9academyonline


David Jones – “The NBC Guy” ;  NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) Warfare Survival; Tactical Movement

A 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired Army Chemical Officer, David Jones taught nuclear biological and chemical warfare defense to military personnel all over the world.

Being recognized as a weapon of mass destruction expert, six months after 9/11 occurred David was recalled to active duty. He spent the next 22 months in the Middle East traveling to 16 different countries conducting vulnerability assessments on US interests in the area.

David is now an emergency management specialist working for the Federal Government and has worked with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, NASA and US Air Force Global Strike Command where he was the only civilian on a nuclear weapons accident response team.

David has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Security Management and has numerous awards from the military and civilian organizations. His most amazing accomplishment to date was that he became a father for the first time at age 50.


Shanais Pelka – Head of R&D for Organifi, Founder- Seven Springs Organic Farm; Herbal Adaptogens to Alleviate Stress; Immunity- How to Keep Your Loved Ones Healthy

Shanais Pelka is Head of Research and Development for Organifi and the founder of Seven Springs Organic Farm.  She is an herbalist, nutritionist, health educator and mother of three.  Shanais has been formulating products for twenty years, and has formulated award-winning products that have landed on the shelves of mass retail accounts.  She specializes in functional mushrooms, adaptogens, superfoods and other medicinal herbs.  Shanais has also conducted R&D work and brought products to the market for Califia Farms, Wunderground Coffee and Real Mushrooms.  She has a Master of Science in Nutrition and Herbology, a Master of Science in Education and an MBA.

She is currently building a regenerative farm and cafe with her daughters in Green Mountain, North Carolina.  She is passionate about food, herbs, medicinal mushrooms, sustainability and community.  When Shanais isn’t on the farm or working, you can find her hiking with the dogs, hanging with her kids, cooking, fermenting, or spending time in the community.

Rodney Parker; Gold and Silver Class

Rodney Parker is retired from 45 years of starting, growing and selling business related to products and services mostly for oil, natural gas and coal energy companies. Through the years, he has found that as times change, so do the ways industry changes and because of that, the demand changes for different products and services.  Staying ahead of new technology and being the first to offer this to customers was very successful.

His first business was at age 11, delivering newspapers. He gained an interest in coins customers paid him with for the service and product. The last business evolved as industrial changes came about to clean the emissions from engines, boilers and burners with catalyst being a large part of that business. He found that because they contained platinum, palladium and rhodium there was good profit in precious metals from used catalyst.  From this, an appreciation for gold and silver was acquired, not only for collecting but also for financial security and income.  Working the past 5 years in the gold and silver business has given him a greater knowledge of these precious metals.

Chris Bostion – Operations Manager, EcoEthic Solar; Practical and Safety Considerations When DIYing an Off Grid Solar System

Chris Bostion has been the operations manager and systems engineer for EcoEthic Solar since its founding in 2019.  He has over 20 years of experience in high and low voltage systems, controls and automation systems, data, solar and battery backup systems.  He enjoys utilizing technology to help individuals become self-sufficient and off grid.

Jake Drumm – Drumm Emergency Services; Medicine- It’s Easy, Until It Isn’t

Jake Drumm is a career paramedic with a passion for preparedness, homesteading, and education.  He has worked in all areas of emergency services medicine during his career.  The past 15 years have been spent in the delivery of emergency medicine education, spanning the spectrum from graduate medical education to U.S. Special Operations medicine.  He continues to practice medicine as a paramedic in rural East Tennessee, as well as working to actively spread his message of medical preparedness and austere lifesaving through Drumm Emergency Solutions, LLC, a family company.  Jake is also heavily involved in ongoing wilderness medicine, permaculture, and homesteading projects on several properties in East Tennessee.


Suzanne Shires Upton- Simple Homestead Living – The Healing Garden, Grow Your Own Medicine; Wild Food Recipes

Suzanne Shires, author of  ‘Wild Herb Gardening’ and ‘Wild Food Recipes from Beyond the Garden Gate’, is a North Carolina native homesteader and certified herbalist.  She grew up in a large family with acres of gardens, harvesting and preserving food as naturally as possible.  She began canning with her mother at seven years old and learned sustainability from ‘mountain folk’ grandparents.  Being among the first generation in her family to be born in a hospital, she grew up with Granny-women who found ways to heal from the plants and remedies of Appalachia. 

 Her homestead now is a happy little mix of chickens, goats, vegetable beds, cold frames, herbs gardens and fruit orchards designed make the most of a sustainable lifestyle.  Over the years she began a serious education into herbalism and nutrition, including foraging wild foods and medicines, fermenting, winemaking, finding nutrition in wild foods, as well as homemade vinegars and herbal remedies. 

 Suzanne’s focus is on healthy, sustainable prepping and wild food survival.  She believes prepping is more than just stocking instant foods in a pantry. And it takes more than just calories for us to thrive in survival situations. Being able to quickly replace nutritional food in a time of disaster is key.   And making sure that food is healthy, delicious and plentiful as well as frugal is so important in any stressful situation.  She readily passes on her foraging, harvesting and preserving abilities, teaching others about how to find foods, using healthy preservation techniques and maintaining health with diet and herbal remedies.

There is so much more to see and learn at her homesteading and video website,   

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Micheal McKinley- Aquaponics 4 All; Aquaponics Made Easy

 Michael has been doing Aquaponics since 2006.  He has lived in WNC since the early 70s.  Raised in a rural setting, he learned early on how difficult it can be to tend crops in the customary manor.  In many cases, it would leave you bone weary by the end of each day.  Most of us know about Hydroponics from back in the day.  Now with Aquaponics, the same system can become sustainable with just a few tweaks and a little ingenuity.  This year the class will cover the basics of Aquaponic theory with an emphasis on system design.  Sustainability is the key to making Aquaponics a viable option to feed you and your family.  Propagation of plants, breeding fish and crayfish, designing building and maintaining systems while using all available resources to achieve this will be discussed.  At his vendor booth Michael will have a fully operational Aquaponics Demonstration System to give you hands on experience with many of the current styles  of Aquaponics.  Bring a thumb drive to get a free download of his presentation to take home and begin the journey.

Neal Morris

Neal Morris – Restoring Cast Iron Cookware

Neal Morris is a lifelong avid outdoors man who enjoys fishing, camping and backpacking and has spent years honing his personal survival skills.

Neal grew up learning to cook with cast-iron in the family home, as well as in the wild over an open fire. His extensive cast iron collection Includes pieces from the late 1800’s to present that have been restored to like new condition.

“It’s the thrill of the hunt, and the excitement of bringing a crusty and rusty piece of decades old cast iron back to life.”

Neal spent 6 years in the US Marine Corps and has been an Operating Room Nurse for the last 24 years.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Brand Ambassador – Wild Abundance; Tanning Hides the Old Fashioned Way – Brain Tanning

Mary Elizabeth is a compassionate prepper dedicated to communicating and building community through hands on learning experiences. As a student of the Wild Abundance online hide tanning course, Mary Elizabeth has reclaimed ancestral skills that she is grateful to be sharing at Prepper Camp. She is a brand ambassador and community advocate on behalf of Wild Abundance and welcomes you to take the one hour Introduction to Brain Tanning class at Prepper Camp 2021. Stop by her booth space to feel buckskin and check out the other services and classes that Wild Abundance has to offer, and of course to join her as a student of the online Hide Tanning Course. 

David J Dietrich – GetReady! Emergency Planning Center. Trauma Tools Workshop; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Class

David Dietrich is a retired United States Air Force officer.  He was a military pilot, intelligence officer, and strategic planner.  David is a life-long prepper and survivalist.

David was a Boy Scout and an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over fifteen years.  He taught wilderness survival, first aid, fire and emergency preparedness.

David has taken military Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training.  He is a certified first aid instructor for Basic, CPR, AED, and Wilderness First Aid.

David also presents seminars and courses on trauma treatment, water treatment, bartering, emergency kits, land navigation, food planning, foraging, and scavenging.

David provides his services and products through GetReady! Emergency Planning Center.  His business focuses on first aid, water treatment, food, and survival gear.

GetReady! is located at 11 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, Virginia, in Langley Square Shopping Center. Their website is

Scot Kelly – Private Trusts – Rights & Remedies for the Great Reset

Scot Kelly is a serial entrepreneur whose experience spans the seafood industry, restaurants, permaculture, construction, solar energy, finance, software, private trading and legal agreements.

A year and a half long battle with the IRS in 2013 prompted him to start researching universal rights, common law, various legal systems and the history of successful remedies for tyrannical government bureaucracy.

Using this knowledge he began assisting alternative health care providers, farmers, craft food producers and cottage industry trading companies with their Private Membership Agreements and Private Trusts.

Ryan and Colin Buford – Father and Son Prepping Hosts: Tactical Torture then Next Generation Show; Freeze-Drying for Survival; Engine Service and Repair

Our show is based on relating general prepping knowledge to everyday scenarios as ways to explain the importance of “old” survival skills and how they apply today. At the end of each show, the last 10-15 minutes, we dedicate time to a “Pint Sized Prepper Project” where we use the show as a springboard to embody the topic with a hands-on project, like building a lantern or a kit or a rocket stove or whatever.

Greg New

Greg New – Us Army Veteran, Master BeeKeeper;  Basic Beekeeping; Honey Bee Splits – How to Increase Your Number of Bee Colonies- For Free!

Greg has worked on and off of farms since he was in the 7th grade. He has studied small scale farming sustainable agriculture most of his adult life. He joined the US Army at age 21 and served for 25 years. The last 17 years were in 3rd and 5th Special Forces group. He and his wife settled in Tennessee in 2007. They have been keeping bees since 2013 and are certified master beekeepers in Tennessee. They produced just over 40 gallons of honey last season (2019) with 12 hives. They expanded their apiary to 19 hives through splitting techniques and plan to expand again in spring 2020 to a total 30. They currently operate two bee yards of 4 and 15 hives respectively. Spring 2020 they will occupy their third bee yard and equally distribute the hives. They currently grow spray free blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, and mulberries, apples and pears for personal use and barter. Homesteading/prepper skills include pressure and hot bath canning, dehydrating, making various homemade wines, elderberry syrup, and handcrafted skincare products and herbal salves (; They have also raised and kept chickens in tractors and free range and hogs. They have worked for 12 years at developing an informal barter and retail network for their products and for the purposes of security and community. They attend and are active members of a local church. Future plans expanding bee operation into queen rearing and bee package sales, adding raspberries and shitake mushrooms. 

Nicolle Wallace: NRA Pistol Instructor, NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor; Home Defense; The Female Shooter

Nicolle grew up as an Army BRAT and was fortunate to be able to live and travel to many places all over the world. She loves the military and has always felt a strong desire to serve in ways she believes makes the world a better place. She joined the Air Force out of high school and became an avionics technician on helicopters and then B-52s. She separated from the AF after her daughter was born but continued to serve as a military spouse until they retired in 2013.

Nicolle became a CrossFit instructor while living in Okinawa in 2008, and discovered her love for teaching. It is a wonderful thing to help someone step out of their comfort zone and realize that they are fully capable of doing amazing things they never imagined they could do. Fast forward a few years and Nicolle met Dave who introduced her to handguns and all the fun that can be had in the firearms field. Nicolle holds her NRA pistol instructor certification and is a NC Concealed Carry Handgun instructor. She loves to work with new shooters and help them become both confident and competent with their firearms.

Jan Emore – Professional Leather Worker, Prepper and Homesteader; Unique and Efficient Every Day Carry Items; Bug Out Bags – Create One that is Realistic, Light, Smart, and Fight Ready., Wine Making – Made Simple.

Jan Emore has over 30 years of professional leather working experience including custom saddles, and Indian Motorcyles. She has also worked with many military, federal, and private operators customizing the way they carry their every-day carry rigs to help them operate smoothly and safety in the field.

Ken Hardy

Ken Hardy – US Law Shield; What Happens After Bang! ; Situational Awareness For Everyone (S.A.F.E.)

Ken had an 11-year career with two agencies in southwest Ohio as a road patrol officer. Ken’s last agency was in the 6th largest metropolitan area in Ohio, spending just under 10 years there. In his last year, Ken was assigned to a special detail that required him to provide security and detention of incarcerated prisoners standing trial. This courtroom experience, in conjunction with his street experience, gave Ken a unique insight into the US Judicial system, it’s imperfections and the slippery slope that a US Citizen who rightfully defends themselves can end up in jeopardy and facing loss of liberty. After his LEO career, Ken went into business and during that career, worked with action committees in an unrelated industry, but was active in action groups attempts to influence legislation that would be beneficial to the industry. Ken has worked closely with attorneys throughout his career through activism with young men who are facing child custody issues.

Ken now works with US Law Shield, an organization that provides legal representation to members who have been involved in a self-defense act.



Andrew Pitts – Beginning Blacksmithing

Andrew Pitts is a blacksmith, jeweler and owner of The Grumpy Smith LLC. After a ten year career in locksmithing he left the trade and went back to school.  He graduated from the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts program in 2013. Having left school with an A.A.S in Professional Crafts – Jewelry and a Certificate of Blacksmithing he set about plying his new trade in North Carolina until becoming ill and needing to close and move to Virginia. Now having recovered significantly he has started working again as owner of the Grumpy Smith LLC. 

Andrew Pitts has a cost effective way to build a forge which overcomes the obstacle of cost, when trying to do the job of a blacksmith. Andrew shows us a more primitive way to build tools with his class-  “Beginning Blacksmithing”  

Drawing on the problem solving skills developed over a decade of work as a locksmith, he employs the art of metalworking to address the needs of clients. Living in the mountains has given Andrew an increased responsibility to provide for family and friends in time of need. Teaching and passing on what he has learned is one way he hopes to help others. 


Melvin Case – Wild Life Damage Control Agent; Trapping Game and Predators; Firestarting

Melvin Case has been a Wildlife Damage Control Agent for N.C. Wildlife since 2007. He will discuss how to protect your harvest and your livestock from wildlife and predators, and will show you how to harvest meat, fur and leather from wild resources.


Jonathan Glauser – Mountain Well-Being- Colloidal Silver- The virus Killer; Foraging Mushrooms

Jonathan Glauser, the creator of Mountain Well-Being, is a leading expert in the field of colloidal solutions and natural health.  He’s been passionate about healthy living for most of his life and strongly believes that well-being is a direct result of proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.  Jonathan is skilled in organic and aquaponic gardening and grows the majority of his own food.  Living as sustainably as possible, he is a steward of the Earth and loves spending his free time outside surrounded by nature.  He keeps physically active by biking, paddling, hiking and skiing.  


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Nik Davrados – – Reloading Ammunition,

Years ago, Nik Davrados got this wild idea to start buying up reloading supplies from individuals, estate sales, closing gun shops and manufacturers. He then started selling this vast collection using social media. An instant message here, a text message there and he was up and rolling. The more Nik sold, the more he built relationships and started what became the RedEye family and As the business grew he pulled more and more people to help him. Fast forward to today and here we are; Years later, bringing you the best that reloading has to offer! Redeye currently has over 500+ die sets in stock, 25 presses and an array of components new and pulled.

Now he has taken his years of experience as a classroom teacher and created RER Educational Services and where he offers the NRA certified course for basic metallic loading. In development now are course for advanced reloading, long range and casting.

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Cynthia Kaminski – CEO EcoEthic Solar; Electricity from the Sun: What to Consider When Choosing Solar Electric Equipment

Cynthia has a Master’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis in ecological research and a lifelong interest in practical applications of renewable energy. Her time as a researcher included leaf litter microathropods research, fish population surveys, and assisting with bat and squirrel monitoring projects with the NC Wilflife Commission.  She served seven years as a public high school science teacher and is now the owner and operator of EcoEthic Solar.

Cynthia acts as the communications bridge between clients and the design team, spearheading sales and marketing to ensure systems are designed to meet client needs and that clients have a clear understanding of the capabilities and limitations of solar with battery back up in off grid applications.

Dr. P. Rex Walker – Pastor, Prepper, Surveyor – Mental and Spiritual Preparedness

Dr. P. Rex Walker is the Pastor of East Elkin Baptist Church, a Life Coach and Counselor, Public Speaker, Vice President of the Piedmont College of Theology, and Vice President of Peace for Israel. He is also a Professional Land Surveyor, a fluvial-geomorphologist, sedimentologist, river and stream expert, consultant for real estate, land use planning, stream restoration and floodplain management. In 1991, he founded Big Eagle Surveying, PLLC, which he still owns and operates. He has been a pastor for the past 19 years, a professor of Paleo Hebrew and Hebraic Studies, and a Professional Land Surveyor for over 36 years. He has held a private pilot’s license since the age of 17. He received his B.S. in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the North Carolina College of Theology. He has served as the President and on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, competitive shooter, range officer and instructor, and a self-reliant lone traveler; Overlanding, Offroading (4×4 and ATV) and camping. He has also spent an extensive amount of time traveling alone in foreign lands, especially Israel, having led several tour groups to the Land. He has authored two books, one on how to navigate with a compass or GPS and how to use topographic maps, the other “The Homebuyers Guide”. He is the proud father of three sons who are currently serving in the U. S. Army, U. S. Marine Corps, and the U. S. Air Force.

Five Times August – The Political Protest Songs of Our Times.  Saturday Night Musical Artist

Five Times August is the solo act of singer/songwriter Brad Skistimas. Skistimas has appeared on the FOX Business channel as an expert “Do-It-Yourself” indie artist and featured in Billboard Magazine, Performing Songwriter, Guitar Player, People Magazine, and USA Today. He was the first completely unsigned act to have an album distributed in Walmart stores nationwide with 2007’s “The Independent.” The music has been featured on many popular TV shows, commercials, and films and tour dates have supported some of the nation’s top acts.

In early 2021 Five Times August began releasing a series of protest songs taking aim at Covid-era regulations, the Biden administration, and most recently Anthony Fauci with the hit song “Sad Little Man,” which has reached #1 on several Amazon and Apple Music charts.

Several of the music videos for these tracks have been suppressed or censored on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. Despite being restricted by big tech recent press includes prominent features on Glenn Beck, Chad Prather, Del Bigtree’s The HighWire, The Federalist, The Post Millennial, RebelNews, and more. Most recently Skistimas performed his song “Silent War” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC for 35,000 attendees at the Defeat the Mandate rally on January 23rd.

Brad will play some of his most popular protest songs prior to the Key Note address on Saturday Night. And be watching for his videos between classes over the entire weekend.

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker- for Prepper Camp 2022:

Kevin Shipp – Former CIA Officer, Counter Terrorism Expert, and Shadow Government Whistleblower.

Kevin Shipp was a  former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, intelligence, and counter terrorism expert, held several high-level positions in the CIA. His assignments included protective agent for the Director of the CIA, counterintelligence investigator searching for moles inside the CIA, overseas counter terrorism operations officer, internal security investigator, chief of training for the CIA federal police force and polygraph examiner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s level degree in forensic psychophysiology. Mr. Shipp has trained allied presidential security details all over the world. He is the author of the best-selling book, From the Company of Shadows – an expose’ on CIA operations and the abuse of government secrecy. His speeches reveal what he calls, “The Shadow Government,” the massive system of secrecy and corruption that controls the elected US government behind the scenes.  He currently lives on an off-the-grid farm with his wife Sue.

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