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.
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.
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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.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guest should be comfortable around dogs and bugs.
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.
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.
Introduction to Homesteading Class