Grit Magazine's 2013 Runners Up Homesteaders of the Year Guide you through a crash course in backyard homesteading.
How we define Homesteading: Produce. Provide. Save. Thrive.
Whether participants are completely new to homesteading, or already on the journey, this course is designed to move participants toward a self-sufficient system of production and "surthrival." As modern homesteaders, we don't want to simply survive. We want to thrive. By learning to create a closed loop system of energy (even in apartment living) homesteaders really can reclaim the American Dream of independence and freedom!
The certification courses are designed around a cohort model of learning communities. We believe that learning is facilitated through strong creation of community, shared knowledge, and collective inquiry. The certifications focus on group meals, group projects, and group accommodations.
This course is divided into three themes:
Animal Husbandry: Basic care of rabbits, bees, chickens
Food Production: Building and filling raised beds, natural pest and weed control, rotational planting, inter-planting, and starting seedlings
Creating Homestead Structures: Build a compost system, rain barrel, and worm bin (you will take home a compost bin and worm bin.) Practical fencing and vertical/container gardening
Accommodations: Take a Photo Tour of the Homestead
All meals are provided by Southern Cultured, a local catering company specializing in simple seasonal, healthy, and local foods. You are in for a real treat here! Meals are among our participants' best memories.
The Homestead sleeps 20 participants in 5 bedrooms in various bunks and beds. We do not provide individual rooms for participants, but you may tent-camp if you prefer. There are four bathrooms on site, three showers, and two luxurious tubs.
We are not fancy, but we are clean, simple, and comfortable. Participants grab linens from the laundry room, including a towel and washcloth and choose a bed, make it up and unpack upon arrival. Before leaving, participants strip beds, and drop laundry in the laundry room.