“We Can Do It” Series: Traditional Homesteading Skills for the Modern Family

“We Can Do It” Series:  Traditional Homesteading Skills for the Modern Family
As our world becomes busier and more automated, many important skills of yesteryear are being lost altogether.  However, mastering these skills can help you slow down, save money, have less of an impact on the environment, strengthen family bonds, and are just plain fun to boot!  Join us each month to learn a new homesteading skill together – these programs are designed specifically for kids ages 7+ and a parent or grandparent to participate in together.  Receive a 5% discount if you sign up for 6 or more classes in the series.

Saturdays, February 11 & 25; 2:30-4:30:  Knitting for Total Beginners
$30 ($28 Members)/person with pre-registration; $35 at the door
If you’ve always wanted to learn to knit, but never took that first step, this class if for you!  We’ll cover the basics of choosing the right needles and yarn, casting on and off, the knit and purl stitches.  By the end of the two sessions, you’ll be well on your way to finishing your own simple scarf.   Includes knitting needles and yarn to keep.

March:  There is no “We Can Do It” program in March, but we highly encourage you to come to one of our Maple Sugaring public programs!

Saturday, April 8; 10:00-12:00:  Starting Seeds
$12 ($10 Members)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door
Rather than purchasing costly seedling plants to start your garden, join us to learn what seeds need to grow into healthy plants and plant a bunch to take home.

Saturday, May 20; 10:00-12:00:  Composting
$20 ($16 Members)/person with pre-registration; $22 at the door
Compost is vital to a healthy organic garden.  We’ll take a look at what compost is, what can go into a compost pile and what can’t, as well as build a small worm composting bin to take home.

Saturday, June 10; 10:00-12:00:  Caring for Chickens
$12 ($10 Members)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door
Using our small flock as a model we’ll learn about housing, food and water requirements, egg collection and more – you’ll be ready to start your own flock!

Saturday, July 8; 10:00-12:00:  Butter & Cheese Making
$12 ($10 Members)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door
Two projects today!  Learn to make your own butter using a variety of techniques, as well as a simple cheese flavored with herbs from the garden.

Saturday, August 5; 10:00-12:00:  Basic Woodworking
$20 ($16 Members)/person with pre-registration; $22 at the door
Learn to use simple hand tools:  a measuring tape, hand saw, drill and hammer to build a birdhouse for your feathered friends.

Saturday, September 9; 10:00-12:00:  Baking Bread
$12 ($10 Members)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door
Starting with a hand-cranked grain grinder, we’ll make some of our own flour, mix the dough, knead it, learn about the science behind how it rises and finally bake it in our wood-fired cob oven.

Saturday, October 28; 10:00-12:00:  Sheep to Sweater
$12 ($10 Members)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door
Try your hand at the basics of turning raw sheep wool into yarn, including carding (combing) wool, using a drop spindle (you will also get to watch a spinning wheel in action), and using plants to dye the finished yarn or fabric.

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