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Introduction to Homesteading Class

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.Elgin, United States

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Experience hosted by Sarah

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Have you ever wanted to live closer to your food but not known where to start? Then this class is for you! This is a basic introduction to homesteading, which means having a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Homesteading can include growing your own produce and raising your own animals for meat or other products. This class will cover a range of activities possible in the area even if you just have a small yard at home!

We will start by doing a brief tour of my farm, including meeting the free ranging chickens, scoping out the activity in the bee hives, and saying hello to the small flock of dairy goats and their guard dogs. Each part of the tour will include tips for raising these animals, warnings, and potential products you can use and make.

Then we will sit down on the picnic tables underneath the elm trees and discuss the nitty gritty of homesteading. I'll go over tips on a variety of topics - from how to make the most of your land, deciding what crops to grow or animals to raise, and how to make a profit homesteading. Handouts included and questions welcomed.
Have you ever wanted to live closer to your food but not known where to start? Then this class is for you! This is a basic introduction to homesteading, which means having a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Homesteading can include growing your own produce and raising your own animals for meat or other products. This class will cover a range of activities possible in the area even if you just have a small yard at home!

We will start by d…

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From ₹3,022
/ person
Sat, 7 Nov
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
₹3,022 per person
₹3,022 per person
Tue, 10 Nov
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
₹3,022 per person
₹3,022 per person

Meet your host, Sarah

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 8 Reviews
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After traveling across the globe, I decided the greatest way to live sustainably was to put down roots. I fell in love with ten acres and have been living and learning from my property for 12 years. I run a small permaculture-inspired farm that produces and sells eggs, honey (and hive products), fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I've learned a lot - mostly from mistakes - and am happy to share my knowledge so that others can experience success. In addition to being a certified permaculture designer, I've taken horticulture and entomology courses, and worked on several other permaculture farms. I'm also a certified science teacher, so I have the academic background to support my experiments in farming and homesteading, as well as a structured and comprehensive approach to teaching.
After traveling across the globe, I decided the greatest way to live sustainably was to put down roots. I fell in love with ten acres and have been living and learning from my property for 12 years. I run a small permaculture-inspired farm that produces and sells eggs, honey (and hive products), fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I've learned a lot - mostly from mistakes - and am happy to share my knowledge so that others can experience success. In addition to being a certified permaculture designer…
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Where you'll be

SHAMBA Farm tour includes:
Chicken Coop/Orchard - Our chickens free range in a small experimental orchard of peach, pear, persimmon, and fig trees. You'll get to see the coop setup, including the automatic water and door opener.
Apiary - Visit 8 productive beehives manages with sustainable practices.
Goat Pen - Meet our small herd of alpine/nubian goats and see what they require for feeding and milking.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Brian
February 2020
There is something healing about this place. Less than an hour out of town and we were immersed in another world, a natural haven for souls seeking rest and communion with the divine in nature; enter Shamba. It was our good fortune that the sky opened up in a blanket of blue and the trees whispered by the gentle breeze as we walked the property. Sarah connects with you at the soul level, small talk aside, it's about getting deep with yourself and sharing that depth as you interact with her. If you're looking to be treated like royalty and wowed by how neat and well kept the garden is, find a different experience. Here, you get real raw wild genuine love. This is what it takes to really do this homesteading thing! There are so many layers to be uncovered with this experience depending on the season you choose to go. For us we got to catch the early peach blossom bloom (clingstone right Sarah?). But as we were taught, the other varieties will bloom later, all this by design so that the harvest season is extended. This one class is simply not enough! This is a master's course on how to be self-sustaining from the location of all the elements to the structure and material of the home. We happen to be interested in urban homesteading so the information provided was super helpful. Even if you're not interested in homesteading, growing your own food, raising livestock, or anything to do with this kind of lifestyle, just being here makes one more curious ;) . Sarah made us feel welcomed and empowered to do this on our own one day. We will definitely have to come back with updates on how we implemented what we learned in our own small natural haven! If you're lucky (like we were) maybe you'll get a treat at the end :) peace & love
There is something healing about this place. Less than an hour out of town and we were immersed in another world, a natural haven for souls seeking rest and communion with the divi…
Abby
October 2019
Stayed in the guesthouse with my mom, and it was so much fun! The view of the stars at night is incredible. The animals on the property, the garden, and the property itself are just great. Sarah is so super friendly and caring and genuinely welcome. If you're ever in the Austin area, you need to stop by. P.S. the fresh eggs she leaves for you are OFF THE CHAIN.
Stayed in the guesthouse with my mom, and it was so much fun! The view of the stars at night is incredible. The animals on the property, the garden, and the property itself are jus…
Melody
October 2019
My daughter and I loved being able to experience living on a sustainable farm/homestead. Sarah was so welcoming and generous with her knowledge and experiences with homesteading. We were able to feed the goats, walk through the chicken coop and have some hands on experience of what daily life is like on a homestead. I would highly recommend this experience to someone interested in learning about homesteading and how to begin. Sarah provides a small syllabus of bullet points that you take home with some added resources cited to help you dive deeper into the subject for yourself. My daughter and I felt that we left this experience with a great new resource of information.
My daughter and I loved being able to experience living on a sustainable farm/homestead. Sarah was so welcoming and generous with her knowledge and experiences with homesteading. W…
Carla
October 2019
We had a wonderful time at Sarah’s property! We came in knowing very little and learned a lot. You can tell Sarah comes from a teaching background and really loves what she does. We enjoyed learning about the chickens, bee hives and meeting the goats (and their adorable guard dogs)! Definitely recommend for a fun and unique learning experience!
We had a wonderful time at Sarah’s property! We came in knowing very little and learned a lot. You can tell Sarah comes from a teaching background and really loves what she does. W…
Marion
October 2019
Sarah is a wonderful teacher! At first, she asked about our experience with growing fruits & vegetables and raising animals. So, she customized the tour of her homestead and the information to what we needed/wanted to know. Sarah has learned from the years she has grown fruits, vegetables and took care of bees, chickens and goats. So, she has great knowledge of what works for this area and what doesn’t. I highly recommend taking this class with Sarah!
Sarah is a wonderful teacher! At first, she asked about our experience with growing fruits & vegetables and raising animals. So, she customized the tour of her homestead and the i…
Bo
September 2019
Sarah is knowledgeable and accommodating. Regardless of your level of experience, Sarah is able to answer any questions and provide insight. If you have the least interest in homesteading, this is an excellent experience.

Choose from available dates

2 available
  • Sat, 7 Nov
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    ₹3,022 per person
  • Tue, 10 Nov
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    ₹3,022 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

There are domestic animals as well as wild animals on the farm. Our guard dogs give loud, warning barks that can be scary, but they are completely safe around people. You will encounter bugs, including spiders and ants. Parking is uncovered and limited.

What to bring

Sturdy shoes

Bug spray