Homesteading Basics – Sun Dec 1st 2019
While the term “Homesteading’ feels a little American, its a movement that is making strong headway in Australia and its the phrase that we relate to and live by at Black Barn Farm.
While its anything but the ‘simple life’, it certainly connects you deeply to the natural world, demands you beat to a seasonal drum and rewards you with home grown food in abundance.
Homesteading can be a full time job and requires skills which are slowly being forgotten as we find more and more of us are city based and exist in 9-5 jobs. But for those who seek something else for life, homesteading is a diverse, rewarding and exciting way to live.
This three hour workshop will begin with a brief overview of our transition and highlight some of the best parts and most challenging parts of living this way.
You will be taken on a tour to look at functioning examples of bee hives, saved seed collections, a solar oven, a hoop house, a humane chicken culling setup, a worm farm, rotating chicken pens, wicking beds, our kitchen garden & kitchen/pantry setup.
Then we split into smaller groups where youwill experience homesteading activities and depending on your choice may even get your hands dirty. Possible activities include seed saving, creating a worm farm, food preservation, veggie garden planning and planting.
This workshop afternoon follows a morning ‘open farm tour’ and then a community pot luck lunch which we encourage everyone to participate in by bringing a plate of fresh, hopefully homegrown or at least homemade fare to share.
Members of the Beechworth Food Co op will receive a 10% discount off the non-member price.