Monday, January 14, 2008

Urban Homesteading Workshops for 2008 - Sustainable Lifestyles

We've put together a line-up of urban homesteading workshops for 2008. All workshops aim to focus on building simple skills needed in the life of an urban farmer/urban homesteader. We have many talented friends and associates in our community so this is a great way to have them share their knowledge, and further these skills! See workshop details below.

2008 Urban Homesteading Workshops
at Little City Farm

PLEASE NOTE: All workshops have limited space and require registration in advance. Contact Karin to register – by email:

Wine Making at Home - January 19, 1-3 pm (NOW FULL)

With Alfred Rempel

Learn how easy it is to make excellent homemade wine from fruit, berries, herbs, tea, juice, etc! Demonstrating all stages of winemaking from start to finish, including racking and bottling, and then preparing apple wine for each participant to take home. All supplies provided. Cost $20.

Intro to Soap Making - February 16, 1-3 pm (NOW FULL)

With Karin Kliewer, from Homestead Herbals

Make simple handcrafted herbal soap using all natural ingredients, pure vegetable oils, herbs and essential oils. Contact Karin for list of supplies needed. Cost is $10 (includes basic ingredients).

Starting Seedlings at Home & Seed Exchange - February 23, 1-3 pm

With Angie Koch, from Fertile Ground CSA

This hands-on workshop will offer the basics about starting & caring for your own organically grown vegetable, flower and herb seedlings. Also, participate in our Seed Exchange by bringing your extra perennial & annual seeds to trade with others. Cost: pay-what-you-can (for those who take home potted seedlings).

Power Snacks & Palate Pleasers - March 29, 1-3 pm

With Beth Weisberg, from Rawkit

Expand your cooking repertoire by learning how to prepare flavourful raw foods. Energy-packed snacks and delicious appetizers are on today’s menu. No special equipment required. Samples provided! Cost $20.

Permaculture Design for City Properties - April 26, 1-3 pm

With Tracie Seedhouse, from Earthchild Designs

Walk through a lesson in introductory permaculture design using your own front/back yard as a model. With special note toward permaculture principles in urban areas. We will be spending most of this workshop time outdoors, so dress accordingly. Cost $10.

6th Annual Seedling Sale - May 24, 9 am-12 noon

Hosted by Little City Farm

Join us for our 6th Annual Seedling Sale! – find vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, peppers), herbs, and flowers ready to plant! Many heritage varieties available.

Bio-Intensive Gardening Workshop - May 24, 10 am-12 noon

With Angie Koch, from Fertile Ground CSA

Gardening in urban areas requires efficient use of small spaces. Bio-intensive gardening, also known as “sustainable mini-farming”, nutures soil, produces high yields, conserves resources, and can be used successfully by almost everyone. Hands-on workshop – please wear outdoor clothes and come prepared to garden. Cost – free.

Bee-Keeping Basics - June 21 or 28, 1-3 pm

(To Be Confirmed)

Bee keeping leads to greater biodiversity, pollination, and better yields of fruits, vegetables and crops. Come preparing to be amazed at the wonder of the world of bees. This is an outdoor workshop – dress accordingly. Cost $10.

Building with Cob: Constructing a Wood-Fired Cob Oven – Early August Weekend

With Benita Kliewer & Candace Froebe, Cob Builders from Winnipeg, MB

Cob is an age-old building material made by mixing clay, sand & straw by foot and forming it into walls by hand. This physical, yet simple and inexpensive building method lends itself to curved, sculptural shapes to create unique structures that feel “alive”. Become familiar with cob construction through this 2-day workshop to complete an outdoor bake oven. Workshop will take place given enough participant interest – please RSVP to indicate your possible interest. (Location & Cost To Be Confirmed).

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