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, 6-9pm
- 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.