September is International Homesteading Education Month.
In honor of this – and to show others what is possible on small acreage – we are hosting our second annual Homesteading Festival. This event will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2012 at 11am. Please see the information below for approximate times.
Instead of holding individual classes, we are opting to have a farm tour where you will see a variety of plants – including vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, native plants, plants that attract pollinators and interesting ornamentals. We currently grow around 5,000 different plants on our property – although not all of them are visible at once due to some being dormant.
Other things you will see – and get to learn about – include:
11am – Herbs and their uses. We will look at the various herbs growing and talk about some of the things they are used for.
12 Noon – How to garden year-round – both indoors and outdoors – in Indiana. You will see straw bale gardens, raised beds, regular in-ground vegetable gardens plus cold frames, frost covers, tunnel houses and various types of small greenhouses in use.
1pm – How to raise livestock (horse, sheep, goats, chickens) on small acreage. Bring your questions! You will see the areas where we keep our livestock and hear how we do it. We strive to be as organic as possible when raising them.
2pm – Why you should plant for wildlife and pollinators, plus you will get a tour of the butterfly garden. It is still under construction at this point.
3pm – How to save seeds. You may have the opportunity to gather and take home seeds from our garden, so bring small baggies or envelopes to put the seeds in. If there is something in particular you would like seeds from, ask.
4pm – Question and answer session.
5pm – At the end of the tour, participants will have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of two of my books – The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Year-Round Gardening and The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Seed Saving & Starting. Additionally there may be other value-added products available that day (this could be fruits, vegetables, homemade bread, herbs, goat milk soap, handmade craft items, etc.) We accept cash and debit/credit card through the Square.
Please come dressed in comfortable shoes – we will be walking the entire 2 1/2 acres. Bring your questions as well!
In the event of heavy rain or severe weather, the event will be canceled.
The Homesteading Festival 2012 is taking place at our farm –
403 East Bond Avenue
It is free – and you can sign up here – https://www.facebook.com/events/list#!/events/592416807457755/
In the event that you do not have a Facebook page, please just post in the comments section and let me know how many people are coming with you. Thank you so much!