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Learn how to rapidly build soil from low cost or free inputs to produce bountiful crops, from your backyard to a back acre. We will cover together the forces that prevent good soil formation and cause soil loss, how to build soil rapidly, and how to protect and steward it for years to come. A host of skills, strategies, and techniques will be covered, including solarization, weed suppression, compost, cover cropping, incorporating animals in annual spaces, and more.

We have been cultivating several varieties of gourmet mushrooms for 17 years. In this course, you'll learn all you need to know to grow your own Shiitake, Oyster, Wine-cap stropharia and other specialty mushrooms.

Have you heard about the benefits of worm compost, but are unsure how to get started? Or are you a seasoned worm compost maker, wanting to learn additional tips, skills, and options for low cost and flexible infrastructure to take your composting to the next level? This course will cover the basics of making worm compost up to a small farm or homestead level and volume. From how to create ideal conditions for worms to thrive to low cost options for all your infrastructure needs and how to build them.

Annie Warmke will provide an overview of her philosophy for keeping goats, touching on what to look for when starting your herd, natural goat health, simple remedies for common health challenges, herbal parasite control and the general make-up of a healthy animal. She will demonstrate hoof trimming since it is a major part of goat health. The goal of this course is to gain confidence around goats.

Join Jay Warmke as he walks through various aspects of the techniques used in the construction of an Earthship.  Topics include, rammed-earth tire walls, bottle walls, straw bale walls, composting toilets, wet lands and more.  Two eBooks are are available as part of this class.

There are few things that speak more powerfully to independence than producing your own energy. Learn how to safely generate your own energy from the sun. Reduce or eliminate your dependency on the grid.
Nucs are expensive! Instead, you can catch a swarm, and benefit from the local genetics. Swarm traps or baited decoy hives are a simple and cost effective way to catch feral swarms. We'll teach you how!
Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Join the wild mead movement!
Brewing beer is easy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Jereme Zimmerman discusses the simplicity of brewing beer using a basic beer-brewing kit that can be purchased from any homebrew shop, or even with equipment and ingredients you may very well already have in your kitchen. Before the modern homebrewing explosion, “farmhouse brewing” was the norm in nearly every household. Zimmerman provides tips on how to easily and affordably take up this addictive hobby, and he presents information for both beginning and intermediate brewers on using “exotic” ingredients that were once commonplace, before hops was king.
When most people think of maple syrup production, they envision a Vermont family farm, snow blanketing the ground, and vast forests of maple trees with steel buckets handing from them. They also think of all the equipment normally associated with maple syrup production (evaporators, holding tank, etc). However, making maple syrup can be done on a small scale, and is actually incredibly simple. One taste of your own maple syrup (hot off the stove) may be enough to get you hooked.