Homesteading for Homeschoolers
Homesteading in an environmentally responsible way, learning by doing, practicing and repetition, we will be starting our day in the barnyard at 9:30 am with feeding, watering, training of the cows Vicky and Bonny, their calves and the goats, chickens, Turkeys and ducks. After a potluck lunch, eaten outside if possible, we will create and learn in the afternoon, ending at 3:00 pm.
Spring 2018 class activities are now listed!! When you register, please state which activities you are interested in learning. There may be time to fit in some others. This Spring we will continue with the two groups:
I Older kids and II Younger with parents. Scroll down for Younger group details.
First Date Older kids (unparented ) group . Wednesdays:
Second Date Younger kids (parented ) group
(intended for parents and other significant adults with kids between 6 and 12)
March 28 and 30 Soap Day - Making from scratch - Chemistry Lesson! We will also wet felt pre-made bars with wool that have been sufficiently cured ahead of time.
Apr. 4 and 6 Garden Planning Day - We will discuss vegetable crop rotation and companion planting. Create a gardening journal. Planting will conitnue throughout the session.
Apr. 11 and 13 Wool Spinning and knots - We will spin using a drop spindle: easy, mobile, repetitive and meditative.
Apr. 18 and 20 Basket Day - Cattail and some other natural materials, Plaiting and Twining
Apr. 25 and 27 Cheese day - We will make and stretch Mozzarella curds. Hopefully with fresh milk from Vicky's expected calf.
May 2 and 4 Goat hoof trimming, Major corral cleanup after winter. Really this a skill!!
(Note one week off here as I chaperone Rigel's Band to Hinton)
May 16 and 18 Fencing and prep for Clay day! A chicken proof fence around the home garden is this years big project! A large hole for firing clay will be dug as well.
May 23 and 25 Clay Day - Using locally sourced clay we find ourselves, we will knead and shape with our hands: pots, candle holders, decorations ... your creation!
May 30 and June 1 Carpentry Day - Bat House using pre-cut Plywood.
June 6 and 7 (Note: last teen day is a Thursday) Clay firing and Fire: We will collect fuel, start, build, tend and a fire and handle an ax or hatchet. Bring something to roast! I will make bannock.
Cost is $200 if you come to all of these classes, and $25 each, if you want to take one in as a drop in. (one week notice required, space permitting) Class size will be capped at 15 people, adults or youth. Each participant will bring a homemade food item, as a potluck contribution, made by themselves. Please bring utensils, plates and a cup as well. This will be a "Leave no trace" event, similar in scope to burning man festival guidelines.
Children between 6 and 12 cost $200 for all 10 sessions and $25 per session if drop in (space permitting and with one weeks notice) Class size will be capped at 15 in this age range with extras not included in the count.
Extras are: Parents and children age 5 and under are free, but must be supervised. Use the contact form below to inquire further. Full payments in advance can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your place. Please include your name, your child's name and age and which dates you will attend. I will have receipts ready for those who pay in advance.
An adult is required for each child under 4 and a ratio of one : three for children over 5, if the children aren't all from one family. The way I see it is: if lots of adults come too then the message of self sufficiency and sustainability will be better reinforced at home as well. Be the Change!!!
We have Alumni!!! We are so excited that the inspiration has continued and there are former farmers... well current farmers! that want to continue to come. There will be no fee for older (over 12) students who have come for 10 lessons already and will continue to come as mentors for the next farmers. They are already familiar with the routines around here and will gladly show the new folks around.
PreSchool Programs This group can always make arrangements on a personal level to come out and participate in the farm as groups or as families. Please use the contact form below to initiate planning. In my mind, the best would be to see a group form independently that would take on a garden plot rental here, plant yummy things like peas and then watch them grow as you watch your children climb the "mountain", pet (not chase! ;) ) chickens and pet goats, pick clover, watch flies, dipnet in the pond...etc.. More free form and self guided.
Homesteading Camps for 2018
Camp dates: July 13,14,15 Aug. 16,17,18 Adult only: Sept. 1,2,3
These camps will start at 9:30 am on the first morning. The last evening's meal will be a 100 meter meal! Camp will end after cleanup of supper.
Every morning we will start with animal and gardening chores and afternoons will see us taking up a new skill. The skills we work on will depend on interest at the time of registration. See below for a list of possibilities. Scroll all the way down past the photos to see the list of possible activities and indicate your preferences in the comment section of the registration form. Cooking and cleaning up after meals is part of Pioneer life so it shall be ours too!
Every night we will sleep in the Barn's hay loft, smelling all the wonderful farm smells and listening to the coyotes. Bring sleeping bags (and perhaps a hammock and mosquito net); there's plenty of straw! Those with allergies, especially to cats and hay, are welcome to set up a tent.
The last day we will prepare a chicken meal, straight from the coop (or yard). Humane, mindful treatment of our animals will be of paramount importance.
Cost of camp includes food, activities, shelter and water :) $160 per camper
Possible Activities : Please indicate which of these interest you when you register using the form above:
This is a family camp with children, parents and grandparents welcome. There will be a mix of historical homesteading and modern homesteading over the three days and two nights. Food will be included, with all meals prepared by the campers over an open fire or in an oven. The final night in will culminate with a 100 meter meal harvested and prepared by the campers and a campfire with music and singing.
Campers may sleep in the hay loft or tents, that they provide, however if there are any who would like to build a lean-to and sleep in the woods, they are welcome to do that also.
Some of the activities we may try are:
Wool prep. from fleece to spinning to knitting or felting or weaving
Preserving the harvest, canning, drying, fermenting
Cheese making and other dairy products
(chickens, goats and cows)
Basketry with willows and cattails
The cost is $160/camper for the three days. Meals and some shelter are provided, as well as a composting sawdust toilet, and potable water.
Bring your own tent or sleep in the hay loft: your choice!
Everyone will go home knowing more about self-sufficiency and pioneer life.
A deposit of $30 holds your place and is refundable up to one week before camp begins. Call me to Register!!!
If there are any skilled young folks out there willing to help with teaching and counseling, call me too!
Warmly, Maryann Borch
Be the Change :)