Homestead Resiliency: A Series of 6 Pay-What-You-Can Classes to Live Well at Home

Fuel your homestead with the essentials to maximize your self-reliance and lose the anxiety of whether or not your grocery store will have what you need.

Our homes can provide so much of what we need to live well. As long as we care well for the soil and ecology, food, fiber, medicine, even colors and dyes can be cultivated right at home.

You can cultivate a nutritionally complete meal in your backyard garden, grow herbal medicines, and even grow luffa to use as sponges, or willow and juncus for basket weaving, or cotton or flax for fiber.

We start with the foundation of all homestead resiliency: the soil. Then we’ll jump into immediate resilience garden planning, home composting systems, basic food and herbal medicine preparation + preservation techniques, then expand deeper into ecological garden design and long-term planning, and finish off with a primer on fungal ecology and super simple mushroom cultivation techniques.

Live webinar classes will be held every other Tuesday, beginning April 21, 2020, at 11am PST.

All classes will be recorded and available for listening in your own time.

We will cover:

Class #1: Simple Soil Building Techniques [4/21]

  • a brief intro to soil ecology
  • lasagna mulching, no-dig lawn conversions, hügelkultur, composting
  • C:N ratios, specific feedstock characteristics
  • no till gardening and farming techniques

Class #2: Planning Your Resilient Homestead Garden [5/5]

  • envisioning the resilient homestead
  • immediate plan recommendation for herbs, vegetables, staple foods, flowers, natives
  • planning plantings (quick vs long time to harvest, succession planting, starting seeds vs. transplanting)
  • basic design considerations, sample plan
  • irrigation considerations
  • on-going maintenance

Class #3: Home Composting Systems and Soil Health [5/19]

  • home composting systems
  • worm composting
  • in-ground composting
  • compost toilets and humanure
  • food waste logistics
  • soil amendments

Class #4: Basic Food and Herbal Medicine Preparation + Preservation Techniques [7/21]

  • nutrition essentials (grass-fed animals, healthy fats, bone broth, fermented foods, soaking seeds)
  • basic herbal medicines (fire cider, teas/infusions, decoctions, tinctures)
  • other food preservation techniques (canning, dehydration)

Class #5: Principles of Ecological Garden Design [8/11]

  • design and planning your garden for long-term ecological resiliency and cultivation productivity
  • wildlife/pollinator habitat
  • water harvesting + conservation
  • native plants
  • fruit trees and food forests, perennial cultivation systems
  • natural farming systems

Class #6: Fungal Ecology + Simple Mushroom Cultivation Techniques [8/25]

  • mycorrhizal fungi, endophytic fungi, molds and yeasts
  • cultivation of oyster, shiitake
  • field inoculation of mushrooms

All classes are offered on a pay what you can basis. Most of my classes are valued at $25 each, but in light of the situation, you can choose to pay whatever you want, whether that’s $1 or $1000.

The business value for the entire series is $150, and you can choose to pay whatever works for you.

Register for the series here: