Sustainable Living & Preparedness Gathering


May 06 – May 07
8:00 am till 6:00 pm Sat. May 6th, 9:00 am till 5:00 pm Sun. May 7th


The Historic Bowie Farm
1418 Parker Bowie Rd.
Iva, South Carolina 29655

Admission is $8.00 at the gate, weekend pass is $12.00, children 11yrs and under free. There is camping available on site. There are a few camp sites with power and water hookup first come first serve. cost is $45.00 for the weekend. Sites with no hookup is $20.00 for the weekend. There will be Porta-potty’s in the camping area.

We are proud to announce the first Annual “Sustainable Living and Preparedness Gathering” at the historic Bowie Farm at 1418 Parker Bowie Rd. in Iva S.C. This is an outdoor event that is meant to educate the general public on Homesteading, sustainable Living, Preparedness, Bushcraft, hunting, trapping, Archery, and Survival Skills. Scott Hunt from Practical Preppers will be our Key Note speaker.

There will be vendors, speakers, workshops, seminars, and lots of food prepared the old way. Come and learn the old ways, and the necessary skills to survive, if life as we know it changes dramatically.

Why should you be a vendor / exhibitor at our show?

The intimate setting on the Historic Bowie farm will allow vendors/ exhibitors to interact with potential customers in a way that an indoor Expo will not allow. The outdoor setting will allow for generous booth space, and the concept of a “Gathering” will allow exhibitors to forge lasting relationships with folks that will become life long customers. We are not “show promoters”, we are a couple dedicated to educating the public. We have been running retreats and work shops on our own property and exhibiting and presenting at various shows throughout the Southeast for 9 years. The part of the country we live in is ready for a “Gathering” of like minded people, and we have a capable staff ready to make it happen.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor, please call Scott Moore at 1-864-940-9629, or email him at We will make it very affordable for you to sell your product or service at our event. Vendor fee is $75.00 for a 15′ x 15′ area. there is no such thing as a “Bad” space as all vendors will be centrally located around the Barn. Vendor is responsible for bringing own tables, chairs, and canopy. Vendor setup starts at 10:00am Friday May 5th. We are willing to trade booth space for a demonstration or seminar that you can provide as long as it is a good fit for the Gathering and our attendees.


Scott Hunt

Scott Hunt is a sustainable living design engineer.  He specializes in off-grid water and energy systems.  His expertise in mechanical engineering combined with good old-fashioned know-how gleaned from experience “on the farm and in the woods” has enabled him to draw closer to that goal of a fully sustainable lifestyle.  If he isn’t installing a prepper system for a client, speaking at a conference, consulting via the phone, then you will find him in his shop tinkering on the next cool project.

Scott has worked for the last 4 years as a consultant for National Geographic on the shows Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle.  Scott  has also appeared on the Sportsman Channel’s  America Unplugged.   Find out about Scott’s new book Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness, attend his book signing…and get his new DVD Home EMProvement.

Learn the ins and outs of retreat water systems, from Rain Water Collection, to Spring Boxes, to Solar Water Pump systems.  Learn what works best for your situation, and how you can maximize your water assets to make you more sustainable and to save you money.

When considering alternative power solutions you need to look at all the generator options, including solar, natural gas, propane, gasoline and Diesel. How do you determine generator sizing?  What are the best uses for solar power, what are the costs, benefits, and long term issues when using solar power vs. other off grid options?

What do you use for energy storage, how do you convert battery power to Alternating Current to run household items, and those you will need in a grid down situation?  How to your protect it from EMPs and other issues? Find out all this and more, at this seminar

Scott Hunt is a sustainable living design engineer.  He specializes in off-grid water and energy systems.  His expertise in mechanical engineering combined with good oldfashioned know-how gleaned from experience “on the farm and in the woods” has enabled him to draw closer to that goal of a fully sustainable lifestyle.  If he isn’t installing a prepper system for a client, speaking at a conference, consulting via the phone, then you will find him in his shop tinkering on the next cool project.

Erin Snyder Dixon

Erin Snyder Dixon  will be speaking on how to incorporate homesteading practices in an urban/suburban environment.

Raised as a free-range kid, Erin was allowed to roam the woods, row her boat, and peddle as far as her legs would carry her. She is a member of her local CERT team, a National Association of Search and Rescue member, and has formal training through the Emergency Management Institute. As the manager of a landscaping company, she teaches chain saw and equipment safety, and is a formally trained outdoor power equipment mechanic. She enjoys canning, gardening, shooting, and studying prepping and sustainability. Erin lives on a Virginia homestead, in a busy city, where she continues to write and publish regularly.

Erin will be a featured Speaker at our Gathering, sharing her insights on how to be an urban homesteader.

The two topics Erin will cover are…..

31 Ways to Incorporate Sustainable Homesteading in a Suburban Environment:

Join us for specific ways families can incorporate homesteading techniques to be more self-reliant, even if chickens and goats are not for you. Learn how to embrace resources you may already have and develop new skills to make everything go farther.

First Steps to Adopting Homesteading/Prepper Practices in an Urban/ Suburban Environment:

In this talk, we concentrate on how families can craft a homestead/ prepper plan that is right for them. We discuss ways to get started, even if you don’t have a lot of land or money and how to choose what is right for you.

Matt Sirini

I’m Matt Sirni, I’ve been a firefighter and NYS EMT for over 20 years. As such, I’ve witnessed firsthand the panic and even tragedy that arises when people are forced to go days or even weeks without access to food, water, or medical attention. Nothing is more important to us than the welfare of our family, so I was inspired to learn how to prepare my family to be self sufficient in the event of such a catastrophe. Drawing on extensive experience as an educator for both children and adults, I am now offering those services to others who would like to prepare their families to be self reliant in the event of an emergency.


Firefighter & EMT for 20 years

Certified Wilderness EMT

Wilderness EMT Instructor

Wilderness search & rescue

Orienteering & Navigation expert


Home & family disaster preparedness

Children and emergencies

Psychology of wilderness survival

Survival Mentality


Community first aid

CPR for civilians

CPR for professional rescuers

Wilderness First Aid

Long Term Patient Care

Search and Rescue

Emergency Preparedness

Prepping Your Home Escaping the City

Matt Sirni (Prepper Coach) will be presenting :

Getting Home After a Large Scale Event

Any family who actively works toward becoming more prepared for unexpected emergencies has developed their “Get Home Bag”. But, have you developed a plan? The Get Home Bag contains the tools you need to get home. Together, we will look at the “How” to get home. We will discuss route choices, being a grey man, shelter considerations, meeting places, maps, and much more!

Map and Compass Basics

Come learn a new skill and whole new way to enjoy the outdoors utilizing your map and compass. Learn terminology, map reading, base plate compasses, and orienteering. A fun day learning a new skill! This class is for the entire family! 30 minutes of teaching followed by a fun exercise in the woods.

Forrest Garvin

Forrest Garvin is a former US Air Force NCO who served with the 317 MAC and JSOC SOLLII out of Pope Air Force Base.  After leaving the military, Garvin worked in the technology field in the Strategic Technology Group for NationsBank and then went on to create several technology startups. Garvin is a Survival Instructor, NRA Instructor, HAM operator, Krav Maga Apprentice Instructor, Speaker, Educator and Radio/Podcast Host.  Garvin has been a prepper since Y2K. Garvin also owns the Carolina Survival & Preparedness Academy in Charlotte, NC. His survival academy offers courses in self-defense, homesteading, firearms, family preparedness and survival skills. In addition, he consults with preppers and survival groups around the USA.   Garvin created the Carolina Preppers Network, which has over 3,900 members in the Carolinas.

The Carolina Preppers Network is the most active meetup prepper group on in America. Garvin also has a LIVE Radio show called The Prepping Academy on Friday nights which can be listened to LIVE or via podcast on iTunes and Sticher.

Forest Garvin will be speaking on the importance of being part of a group.

Carolina Survival & Preparedness Academy:

Scott Moore

Obtaining his first bow at the age of 9, Scott cut his teeth as a bow hunter pursuing small game in the hedges and corn rows of central Ohio. Harvesting his first deer in 1975 with a 45lb. recurve bow, Scott now draws from an experience base of 38 successful hunting seasons and has harvested over 100 big game animals.

Competing in tournament archery from 1976 till 1987, Scott has held many local and state titles, and competed on a national level in 1987. Opening Scott’s Archery Shop in 1987, and operating the Savannah River Archery Shop and 3D range from 1990 till 1996, Scott has coached hundreds of people to become successful archers and bow hunters.

Founding Wild about Christ Ministries in 2007 and recently Incorporating as W.A.C. Outdoors LLC, Scott continues to share his passion for archery with all who are interested in learning.

Trapping for Survival

When it comes to food procurement; failure is not an option. Learn proven methods for collecting wild game in a survival situation.  Learn both modern and primitive trapping and hunting techniques to optimize your success. Scott Moore will demonstrate the proper construction of effective traps and explain how to identify the exact location where they should be set. Moore will also discuss setting up the perfect ambush for close range hunting shots at game animals.   Moore has 20 years of experience as a modern fur trapper and has spent the last 45 years as a practitioner of primitive living skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an instructor that has successfully trapped hundreds of animals in a multitude of different environments.

Paul Thuneman

Paul Thurman will be speaking about solar cooking and answering the question “Why Prep”


SUN OVENS® harness the natural power of the sun to cook or bake unbelievably the most delicious food while being prepared for an emergency, reducing energy costs and benefiting the environment around the world.

  • how to harness the power of the sun to cook
  • pasteurize water
  • dehydrate
  • be better prepared for emergencies
  • and much more.

Preparing for the many threats we face Always Be Asking  “What If…?”

Why Prep…
What are the threats
Having a plan in a crisis
How to start prepping on a simple scale.

There is no doubt that we are facing threats from every direction. These range from local and regional weather events to economic recession/depression and full on World War III

Subject Matter Outline

In our presentation we will cover these topics and more::

  • The threats to our nation, state, local communities and society and how these can potentially effect our communities
  • How to begin preparing your family

It starts with a plan(s)

  • Getting home together
  • Getting where you want to be
  • “Bugging In” or “Bugging Out”? making the choice ▪  What will you store? How much and how?
  • Life without services: short term/long term

The Rule of Threes

  • Shelter – Keeping the Cold at Bay
  • Water – Survival Begins With Water
  • Food – The First Steps of Food Storage

Ways to prepare as a community.

  • Community garden
  • Canning groups & resource sharing
  • Organizational purchasing power

Paul Thuneman

HTF – The Survival Store
3016 N. Main Street
Suite G
Anderson, SC 29621

Bill & Mary McGinn

Bill & Mary McGinn will demonstrate campfire cooking and talk about many of the aspects of living on a self sustainable farm.

Thus Far Farm once belonged to Bill’s great-great grandfather and is back in the family to stay. We practice sustainable farming and use all natural methods for growing our crops. Our animals are allowed to do what they instinctively do best, with help from us to keep them safe and healthy. We are also committed to the process of preparing for an emergency that may well change life as we know it, better known as “prepping”. From being living history docents a long time, we’ve learned lots of the skills our grandparents knew and like to teach them to others. We love the peaceful, slower pace of life here and revel each season in the beauty of nature that surrounds us.

Please come and visit. If you’d just like to stop by, give us a call to be sure we’re here. Or come stay for a while. Our cottage has been so popular, that we’ve added two RV sites, two cabin tents and two tiny houses. A place to stay for every taste and budget. And don’t forget our no power, no running water, no internet Grid Down Weekends – far more fun and learning than you’d ever expect.

There are lots of ways to enjoy Thus Far Farm.