Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle

Homegrown Lifestyle tour cedar rapids iowa

Homegrown Lifestyle is a 12-week spring short course for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grow food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. 

Where:
ISU Linn County Extension & Outreach
383 Collins Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

When:
Thursday evenings
6:00-9:00 p.m.
March 14 - May 30, 2013.

For:
People living on a large lot, small acreage, or in an urban setting who want to take full advantage of their space to collect rainwater, make compost and learn how to grow small fruits and vegetables.

Homegrown Lifestyle focuses on fundamental, scale-appropriate food production techniques and conservation strategies that smallholders and modern homesteaders can quickly put to use.  It is not a farm business planning class of commercial growers, rather for homeowners with space to play with.

Topics covered during the course include:

homegrown lifestyle tour cedar rapids iowa

• edible landscape design
• soil and water conservation
• growing and preserving vegetables, fruits and wild crops
• backyard poultry
• beekeeping
• grazing and ruminants
• wildlife management. 

Each weekly class includes an educational session taught by extension educators through a live-stream webinar; plus, each class offers locally organized activities for a face-to-face and sometimes hands-on experience.

In addition to weekly Thursday evening sessions, three half-day local tours or workshops give course participants the opportunity to experience small–scale food production and resource conservation practices first hand.  Linn County offers participants the added benefit of membership in the Homegrown Lifestyle Network. (http://isulinncoext.overblog.com/) This network offers members continuing education through monthly events, tours, networking, online resources, and access to the local speakers during future courses. 

“Increasing interest in local foods has some folks wondering if they could grow their own food,” said Michelle Kenyon Brown, Linn County Homegrown Lifestyle Coordinator. “The Homegrown Lifestyle course combines basic information on a wide range of topics with practical application, local tours and workshops for a complete educational experience. Rain water harvesting, growing small fruits, and tree pruning are other topics to be covered.”

Get Registered:

Homegrown Lifestyle tour cedar rapids iowa

The course fee is $149 if you register by February 21, 2013 (late registration fee is $179 thereafter).
Register online at www.homegrownlifestyle.org.  Linn County Extension along with other sites throughout the state are listed on its website. For more information about Homegrown Lifestyle, contact Michelle Kenyon Brown at (319) 377-9839 or mkenyonb@iastate.edu or visit www.homegrownlifestyle.org.

“This course gives hands-on experience in a wide range of topics.  I know my garden will thank me this year because of the tips and new ideas I picked up from the course!” – Phil Shaff, a 2012 participant.

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