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amandae21
Homesteading Co-op Class ideas??
March 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I'm throwing ideas around for the Fall semester of co-op. I know it sounds waaay too soon to start thinking about that, but we start compiling our list of classes in a couple of months.

Homesteading is about self-sufficiency... gardening, preserving, raising animals, bartering, making things etc.

We have 10 weeks and they're from September to November... so gardening is limited to window stuff that does well in the Winter. I'm not sure exactly what will grow in these conditions but I'm sure something will.

Here are some ideas...

Growing something in a window

Making jelly/jam/preserves

Canning veggies

Raising chickens (we have a few families with chickens)

Making candles

Baking fresh bread


Have any ideas to share??

ETA the class is for 6th and up kids.

Replies

  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM
    Making aprons or sacks?
  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM
    Making butter or yogurts?
  • jen2150
    by jen2150
    March 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Making your own soap.  Maybe a study on the pioneers and things they did.  You could study on how they would calculate the height of a tree.  Experiment on how sugar helps a tree during winter.   Animal science.  You could study flight and how birds are able to fly.  How to make your laundry soap.  At the end you could have everyone bring in what they have made and have a bartering class.  Maybe an aquaponics class.  Teach everyone how to use aquaponics to grow food.  

    It is not too early.  I run a co-op and I am already planning what I am doing!  I am doing physics and an creative math class.  Good luck and have fun.

  • bluerooffarm
    March 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

     Making yogurt, mozarella, or ricotta.  They are all pretty well low heat and pretty quick and inexpensive, so little ones can get involved.

    Grow mushrooms.

    Quilting.

    Make soap. (Older kids only, lye can be pretty nasty!)

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    March 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

     learning to make household products for cleaning and foods,

    learning about compost toilets, compared to other toilets etc

    how to get water to the house, how much wood will be needed

    storing food up, using freezer, canning, drying, or storing undergroud

    well if its for adults how bout beer making, wine making?

    raising rabbits 101 and goats

    using herbs medicinally, how to make tinctures, infusions, salves, ointments, cough syrups, lip balm, lotions, creams etc

    learning about useful herbs in the wild, what weeds can be used

    how to barter

    how to build a cheap shelter

    how to cook without a electric or gas stove, alternatives

    how to weave,

    how to make soaps, shampoos, using only stuff you have around you etc,

     how to make lye using wood ash

    how to build raised beds and make your own soil

    building cold frames,

    beekeeping

    basket making,

    types of fuel to make

    how to make cheeses, sour cream, cottage cheese, ricotta, etc

    sewing, knitting, weaving

  • amandae21
    March 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Wow! How about you teach it and I'll be your assistant? lol

    It's for the 6th and up group btw.


    Quoting oredeb:

     learning to make household products for cleaning and foods,

    learning about compost toilets, compared to other toilets etc

    how to get water to the house, how much wood will be needed

    storing food up, using freezer, canning, drying, or storing undergroud

    well if its for adults how bout beer making, wine making?

    raising rabbits 101 and goats

    using herbs medicinally, how to make tinctures, infusions, salves, ointments, cough syrups, lip balm, lotions, creams etc

    learning about useful herbs in the wild, what weeds can be used

    how to barter

    how to build a cheap shelter

    how to cook without a electric or gas stove, alternatives

    how to weave,

    how to make soaps, shampoos, using only stuff you have around you etc,

     how to make lye using wood ash

    how to build raised beds and make your own soil

    building cold frames,

    beekeeping

    basket making,

    types of fuel to make

    how to make cheeses, sour cream, cottage cheese, ricotta, etc

    sewing, knitting, weaving



  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    March 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

     hahahaha ive taught my kids plus a few others this stuff! lots of fun! how about how to skin an animal, butcher it, and pkg it

    ohhh 6th up are fun ages to teach this to, and its really helpful if its a life style, your doing it all the time, and keeping a notebook of all the things the kids have done so they can have it for later when they might use it!!

    Quoting amandae21:

    Wow! How about you teach it and I'll be your assistant? lol

    It's for the 6th and up group btw.

     

    Quoting oredeb:

     learning to make household products for cleaning and foods,

    learning about compost toilets, compared to other toilets etc

    how to get water to the house, how much wood will be needed

    storing food up, using freezer, canning, drying, or storing undergroud

    well if its for adults how bout beer making, wine making?

    raising rabbits 101 and goats

    using herbs medicinally, how to make tinctures, infusions, salves, ointments, cough syrups, lip balm, lotions, creams etc

    learning about useful herbs in the wild, what weeds can be used

    how to barter

    how to build a cheap shelter

    how to cook without a electric or gas stove, alternatives

    how to weave,

    how to make soaps, shampoos, using only stuff you have around you etc,

     how to make lye using wood ash

    how to build raised beds and make your own soil

    building cold frames,

    beekeeping

    basket making,

    types of fuel to make

    how to make cheeses, sour cream, cottage cheese, ricotta, etc

    sewing, knitting, weaving

     

     

     

  • tiredmomfor2
    March 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM
    I bet you could grow lettuce this fall. Provided it is protected from frost.
  • amandae21
    March 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Would it grow in a window? And in something like a cut open gallon jug? I saw a pin where someone grew carrots in a 2L bottle but it was early Spring.


    Quoting tiredmomfor2:

    I bet you could grow lettuce this fall. Provided it is protected from frost.



  • blueyedbaker
    March 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Thank you, I just got some great ideas for us to do also!!!

    Quoting oredeb:

     learning to make household products for cleaning and foods,

    learning about compost toilets, compared to other toilets etc

    how to get water to the house, how much wood will be needed

    storing food up, using freezer, canning, drying, or storing undergroud

    well if its for adults how bout beer making, wine making?

    raising rabbits 101 and goats

    using herbs medicinally, how to make tinctures, infusions, salves, ointments, cough syrups, lip balm, lotions, creams etc

    learning about useful herbs in the wild, what weeds can be used

    how to barter

    how to build a cheap shelter

    how to cook without a electric or gas stove, alternatives

    how to weave,

    how to make soaps, shampoos, using only stuff you have around you etc,

     how to make lye using wood ash

    how to build raised beds and make your own soil

    building cold frames,

    beekeeping

    basket making,

    types of fuel to make

    how to make cheeses, sour cream, cottage cheese, ricotta, etc

    sewing, knitting, weaving


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