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Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

I have an announcement I’m really psyched about: I’m going to be teaching homesteading classes in my home city of Columbia, SC this fall! I decided to make it happen and now it is happening.

As of now, I have four classes coming up:

  • Canning & Preserving — Sunday, 14 Sept, 6-9pmhomesteading classes
  • Home Dairy 101 — Monday, 6 Oct, 6-9pm
  • Ferment! — Monday, 27 Oct, 6-8pm
  • Introduction to Natural Dyeing — Sunday, November 16, 2-5pm

For full class descriptions and to sign up, click the new Classes tab on the menu bar.

The classes will take place in a home setting, much like the traditional setting for learning these skills would have been — a group of people talking and working together around a big kitchen table. That’s the format I myself really appreciated when I was learning canning and cheese-making with Ruby Blume at the Institute of Urban Homesteading in California.

I don’t know which of these classes I’m looking forward to the most. Those of you who are regular readers of Gather and Grow know how irresistibly fun, how profoundly transformative I’ve found the process of learning to make more and more of what I need myself. Homesteading to me means, to paraphrase Shannon Hayes,

making the home a place of production rather than merely consumption.

And that is really really exciting to me. And the best part is that anyone can learn these skills. It’s an exhilarating thought, isn’t it — that YOU can be a confident home canner, a cheesemeister, a sauerkraut connoisseur, a maker of artisan textiles. There’s so much room for creativity and exploration: that first jar of jam, that first ball of curds, is just the beginning.

6 thoughts on “Homesteading classes!!

  1. That sounds so exciting! Congratulations in making your dream come true 🙂

  2. How great! I love that you “decided to make it happen and now it is happening”—that’s so inspiring!

  3. Good for you! I really would have loved to drive over, take a class, and meet you in person, but we moved to NC this summer. Hope the classes are wonderful fun 🙂

    1. Mari says:

      Too bad! I would have loved for you to come and to meet you as well. Where in NC are you now?

      1. We moved to Winston-Salem because I accepted a faculty position at Salem College. We are sure this is going to be a much better place to settle down in longterm – NC is absolutely lovely and we had been visiting the Asheville area for years anyway. I think I recall you found your way up to NC at some point – if you ever head back, let me know and perhaps we can meet after all!

      2. Mari says:

        Congrats on the new job! Enjoy NC, and if I head that way I’ll let you know!

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