Homegrown Lifestyle is a 12-week spring short course for people living on a large lot or small acreage who are interested in producing food for their own use in a way that sustains their natural environment. Each weekly session has a webinar, taught by extension educators with expertise in the topics, to bring the science of getting started to the class; plus, each class offers locally organized activities for a hands-on experience. In addition to weekly Thursday sessions, three half-day local tours or workshops give course participants the opportunity to experience small–scale food production and resource conservations practices first hand.
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. Weekly sessions are taught by extension educators, with activities led by local experts. The
Topics covered during the course include edible landscape design; soil and water conservation; growing and preserving vegetables, fruits and wild crops; backyard poultry; beekeeping; grazing and ruminants; and wildlife management. 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.
The course fee is $179. Online registration opens Feb. 10 at www.homegrownlifestyle.org; intent to enroll can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to that date. Registrations must be completed by March 22. For more information about Homegrown Lifestyle, contact Poweshiek County Extension Office, Phone: 641-623-5188 or email: email@example.com
“It was incredible learning from experienced gardeners – they shared simple things that have definitely improved my garden and farmstead this year,” said Rich Myers, a 2011 participant.