Start living a simpler, more traditional life.

Our monthly membership program is designed to give you the advice, information and support you need to confidently start growing and producing more of your own food, learning old-fashioned skills and embracing a simpler, more fulfilling lifestyle.




And I want to help you start a farm that will put real food on your table.

I've been a backyard farmer and homesteader for over 20 years. I've raised hundreds of chickens, goats, pigs, cattle, and everything in between. I know what it's like to fill up an acre with animals and a garden, but I've also farmed a larger spread of 14 acres.

I know how difficult it can be to go let your chickens out, only to find out that a raccoon got into the coop overnight. I also know what it feels like to spend hours tending a garden that gets ravaged by worms before you get the first tomato from it. I'm here to tell you that despite the difficulties, you CAN have a productive farm.

With my personal experience, agricultural science background (a B.S. in Animal and Dairy Science and an M.S. in Agriculture), and former experience teaching high school and college agriculture classes, I know that I can help you create the backyard farm you've been dreaming of.

Join me and hundreds of other homesteaders in the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy and start creating the homemade life you've been wishing for.


Imagine walking out your back door and grabbing fresh, juicy tomatoes off of the vine, or creamy, delicious eggs from your coop.

Here's what that would look like....

  • Grow fresh vegetables anywhere instead of buying wilted, less-than-stellar produce from your local grocery store
  • Being confident in creating an easy-to-manage farm that doesn't require tons of harsh chemicals or added synthetic fertilizers in the soil
  • Producing home-grown bacon, sausage, beef and other meats by raising your own livestock instead of buying over-priced meat at the butcher shop
  • Eating fresh foods that were produced in your backyard without being pumped full of additives, hormones, or other chemicals
  • Relying less on what you can buy and instead, using the space you have to start producing more of the food that your family already eats
  • Feeling secure in where your food comes from and the ability to feed your family and live a life that is more meaningful, rather than getting stuck in the constant hustle of today's busy world

"Shelby has a gift for teaching and I am finding that it is easy to take in new information and remember it because she is so clear. She can explain things technically but simply and I like that. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her generosity, kindness, and knowledge. If you're considering joining the Academy, I can tell you that it's totally worth every penny."

-Jenny Inker


The online community that will help you start becoming more of a producer and less of a consumer today.

The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy is an exclusive online membership, designed to help you grow better gardens, raise healthier livestock, and create a farm that will put real, healthy, home-grown food on your table so that you can rely less on the grocery store, and produce healthier, nutrient-packed, and fresh food.

The Garden. Farm. Thrive Academy was originally created to help farmers feel confident and knowledgeable when working in the garden or caring for their animals. Over the years, we've helped thousands of people become more self-sufficient. The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy combines our best resources, interaction with experts in the field, and a community that allows you to connect with other like-minded people.

If you are a farmer, gardener, or homesteader, or if you simply want to become more self-sufficient, this is an opportunity that I promise you will not want to miss.

Change the way that you homestead for as little as $49 per month!

Here's what you can expect from the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy:

"Shelby has been a huge help navigating my first goat kidding season. She has been so gracious, kind, and freely giving advice and tips to have a successful season. When faced with a challenge, our farm owner says “Go ask your goat friend. I’m sure she’ll know the answer” and sure enough, Shelby would have a recommendation to try. I’m so thankful for Shelby’s generosity in giving recommendations and tips. It has been very helpful to get through this kidding season. Her website has been very helpful for all kinds of resources pertaining to goats and more as well!"

- Ashley S., Clover Farms of Florida


A monthly membership with expert training and a community to teach you the skills you need to become more self-sufficient.

You know that you want to grow an amazing garden and have livestock, but you don't know where to start. You want to produce your own food in a way that is more sustainable so you can stop going to the grocery store or farmer's market to get the freshest food. The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy will help you learn the information you need to start producing. The Academy includes three aspects that will give you the confidence and knowledge you've been looking for:



As a member, you'll get access to all of our courses and products. You'll get invaluable information about gardening, raising chickens, goats, and other livestock. Our courses and products have helped thousands of other farmers feel confident growing their own vegetables and raising animals.



Live trainings are the perfect way to get your specific questions answered and learn from other people's experiences. You'll get a members-only invitation to monthly workshops and Q&A sessions. Learn from experts in the field, gain new skills, and listen to advice from other farmers and homesteaders.



Farming and homesteading often means you're away from society, which isn't always a bad thing! However, it's great to connect with other people that share the interests and values that you do. Meet hundreds of other people like you, learn from each other, and make new, lasting, and meaningful friendships!

"I just want to thank you so much for your helpful information on raising livestock and growing our own food on our homestead. This year was the year that we finally got our act together and started to try to be self-sustaining on our homestead. Mid-May we broke ground for a rather large garden (53’ x 35’). This was no small task for a couple of seniors (mid-60s). We also raised a small flock of chickens for meat, processed them, and put them in the freezer. I wanted to tell you that with your encouragement we were not so apprehensive about starting this venture. Next year we hope to raise a couple of pigs and maybe a calf also adding a few turkeys to the meat birds. Our veggie freezer is packed full and our meat freezer is full of chicken. Sat down for supper tonight, had roast chicken with all the fixings, and it all came from our homestead except the salad dressing and the tomato juice. Sure felt good to know that we had pure vegetables and chicken with no chemicals added."

- Deb and Finn


Get all the tools and advice you need to grow your own food and raise livestock confidently.

When you enroll in the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy, you will have instant access to all the tools you need to start gardening, raising chickens, goats, and other livestock. Our proven processes provide a step-by-step plan for how to grow vegetables, fresh herbs, and keep animals that will produce delicious home-grown meat, eggs, or dairy, so you'll never wonder where your food comes from or what goes in it.


As a member, you'll get instant access to all of our courses and products, including the Backyard Chickens Masterclass, Growing Green Academy, the Backyard Farmer's Toolkit, and other products, trainings, and materials to help you master your farm and garden. Watch them at your own pace, or pick and choose what to watch so you can master the skills you're already usig on your farm.


Learn new skills with in-depth monthly workshops that will expand your livestock and garden knowledge. Get your questions answered in live Q&A sessions so that you can continue moving forward with your self-sufficiency skills.


Meet other people that have similar interests and values as you, without being on a social media platform. Connect with other like-minded individuals and learn from each other to improve your skills and farm even faster. Make life-long and meaningful friendships in the community.

"My husband and I have currently owned a farm for the last 7.5 years raising horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chicken, turkeys, geese, and a cow. I also garden, can food, and make goat milk soap. I have always wanted to make homemade chicken feed, however, it was very overwhelming understanding what needed to go into the feed. Your resources did a great job explaining what I needed and in terms I understand. Also when I would start my seeds, I would either do very well or fail. Your Seed Starting Toolkit was wonderful at helping me really understand what all seeds need (humidity, touch, soil, light) to be strong and to transplant later. The Soil Recipe book was great at helping me see other effective soils that are easy to make up for the garden or seed starting. I have had nothing but a great experience working with you. Your classes have been full of very helpful information. Ordering and downloading your books was super easy. Your emails are uplifting and full of wonderful information. I also really like how you ask the reader what we are doing on our farms and then respond/interact."

- Michelle Sifri


Is the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy right for me?


The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy includes instant access to our courses and products. You'll get instant access to the Growing Green Academy, Backyard Chickens Masterclass, the Backyard Farmer's Toolkit, the Seed Starting Toolkit, and other products.

The Academy also includes private, members-only invitations to monthly workshops and Q&A sessions. The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy community is available so that you can connect with others interested in being more self-sufficient.


In the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy you'll learn how to:

  • grow a garden that will produce healthy, fresh vegetables
  • raise chickens for creamy, nutrient-packed eggs or meat to fill your freezer
  • keep goats for brush control or property clean-up, meat or dairy
  • raise larger livestock like pigs and cattle that can produce hundreds of pounds of meat
  • explore new methods of farming and gardening to maximize your space and get the most out of your property


At this time our products and courses are only available in digital PDF and video format. We do recommend printing any cheatsheets, recipes, or printables that you use and keeping them in a binder or having them bound.


Instructions for how to access the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy will come to your email inbox. You should see the invitation within 15-20 minutes of purchasing your membership.


At Farminence, we've helped thousands of people start growing amazing gardens and raising livestock. Our courses and products are priced as low as possible to create tremendous value. The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy allows us to provide tremendous value, access to a ton of resources and gives us a way to interact with our customers more frequently.


Are you tired of the hustle of today's society? Do you dream of simpler living, evenings spent enjoying time with family and home grown food to put on the dinner table? Join other people looking to create more of their own food and enjoy simpler days.

The Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy is perfect for modern homesteaders, parents, grandparents, or anyone interested in becoming more self-sufficient or looking to rely less on the grocery store.


One of the benefits of the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy is instant access to all of the courses and products, but that's not the only benefit. You'll still get tremendous value from the private community and members-only monthly workshops and live sessions.


When you enroll in the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy, you'll receive an email with instructions for how to access the courses and community. The courses and community are housed in one place, making it easy to find what you're looking for.

The invitations to attend the live sessions will be emailed to you each month. The live sessions will be recorded and added to the video library in the Academy portal so you can rewatch the sessions.


You'll be charged $39 per month to stay in the membership. That's less than a small basket of produce at the grocery store!

The value of the membership is incredible. You'll get access to numerous resources and information from experts in the field. You'll also find a community of other people living the same lifestyle as you that are excited to support you on your journey. You can finally stop Googling the answers and start making progress towards being more self-sufficient.


While we don't offer a return policy for the Garden. Farm. Thrive. Academy, we do offer a 7-day trial period so you can see if the Academy is right for you. If not, simply send us an email and let us know.

"I've been raising meat and egg chickens for several years for my local community. I thought that I knew everything about raising healthy chickens until my flocks started dying unexpectedly, costing me a small fortune in worthless vet bills and lost inventory. I desperately reached out to Shelby and she immediately had an idea of what was going on and how to fix it. I was able to save almost all of my remaining birds and haven't had the same problem again."

- Zeke C.