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, Turkey and ducks. After a potluck lunch, eaten outside if possible, we will create and learn in the afternoon, ending at 3:00 pm.
Fall 2017 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 fall we split in two! I Older kids and II Younger with parents. Scroll down for Younger group details.
I Older kids (unparented ) group . Day of week may change if Doodle Poll suggests a day better than Wednesdays:
Sept. 13 Soap Day - Making from scratch - Chemistry Lesson!
Sept. 20 Cheese Day - Mozzarella and Majdouli Cheese
Sept. 27 Fire Day - Candles, Fire starting 101, Cob oven, Sourdough Bread
Oct. 4 Canning Day - Tomato Salsa and Fermented Carrots
Oct. 11 Knot and Cord Day Plus Chicken Day - Basic skills and rope making. Humane and ethical butchering of one or more of our Roosters.
Oct. 18 Basket Day - Willow and some other materials, Weaving and Twining
Oct. 25 Wool Day, the first! - Picking, Washing, and Dyeing
Nov. 1 Carpentry Day - Fence repair weather permitting and Wicking beds from pallet wood.
Nov. 8 Wool Day, the second! - Carding, Spinning and Felting soap.
Nov. 15 Wool Day, the last! - Weaving or Knitting.
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 children. 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. Use the Registration form below to initiate a conversation regarding timing and interest and payment of a $30 deposit.
I Younger kids (parented ) group
(intended for parents and other significant adults with kids under 12)
Sept. 15, 22, 29 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3, 10, 17
This year's Friday Class will be much less structured than previous years. We will still do Animal chores in the morning, Cows, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, dogs and cats; with gardening thrown in as long as the weather holds. The mid day potluck will continue as my personal favourite part. The afternoons will be more free time with myself doing a particular activity (similar to those above) and adults and children participating or not as they choose. If folks want to spend the afternoon cuddling goats... no problem. If its egg collecting... go for it. If its pen cleaning!: I'll show you the way to the wheel barrow and pitchforks! The cost will be much lower as a result; and per person attending, not just kids. $5 per person to be placed by you in a jar on the front deck. I will be facilitating the crowd, so patience with my inability to split myself five ways will be appreciated. This is a trial session and if it goes well I hope to continue this format. Loose and yet experiential!!
Children under age 5 are free, but must be supervised. Use the contact form below to inquire further :) I need to know how many to expect, and so I have asked for a real commitment. 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. Those who pay by the day, please let me know at least two days prior to the date that you are coming for potluck numbers and supplies.
An adult is required for each child under 4 and a ratio of one : three for children over 5. 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.
Family camp for 2017
Camp dates: Sept. 8, 9, 10
September camp will start at 4 pm on Friday evening. Sunday evening's meal will be a 100 meter meal!
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 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 September 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 :)