Urban Homesteading Workshop Series 2009

February 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

Urban Homesteading Workshop Series 2009

Little City Farm, Kitchener

More details at: http://www.littlecityfarm.ca

Little City Farm is a small-scale urban homestead in Kitchener. We are dedicated to promoting urban agriculture, basic homesteading skills, and hands-on sustainable living in the city. All workshops listed will be held at Little City Farm, 508 Duke St. W, Kitchener.

Each workshop costs $20/person (family rate available). REGISTER AT: info@littlecityfarm.ca / OR call 519-575-9174

Knitting Basics – January 31, 1-3 pm – with Pamela Mulloy (pre-registration required) In this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to the wonderful world of knitting! Learn to knit, purl, cast on and off, as well as a few other basic stitches while creating your own dishcloth. As well, gain knowledge about reading patterns and different types of wool. Bring your own set of needles and a small ball of yarn. Additional needles and yarn will be available. Pamela is an avid knitter & member of the K-W Knitters Guild.

Fermented Foods – February 21, 1-3 pm – with Jackie McMillan (pre-registration required)

Let your taste buds tingle! Discussion will cover background on fermenting foods, how and why to ferment foods, health benefits, and a spectacular taste testing of various lactic acid ferments. Workshop participants will prepare colourful multi-vegetable sauerkraut as part of this interactive session. Jackie recently completed an intensive week-long workshop on Fermentation, Food Culturing & Medicine Making at the Algonquin Tea Company.

Starting Seedlings at Home – March 21, 1-3 pm – with Angie Koch from Fertile Ground CSA

It’s time to get the garden started! Enjoy a few hours with your hands in the dirt, learning about how and when to start various seeds, germination success, transplanting, soil mixes, organic techniques, where to purchase seeds, and more. Participants will take home sample seedlings for their own garden. Sponsored by Farmers Growing Farmers, a program of Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre. Angie Koch is a local organic farmer with Fertile Ground CSA and is also a vendor at the Kitchener Market. http://www.fertilegroundcsa.com

Beyond Band-Aids: A Homeopathic Approach to First Aid – April 18, 1-3 pm – with Rachel VandenBerg

Looking to stock your first aid kit with natural remedies that work? Look no further! In this workshop you will learn the basics of homeopathic prescribing including how to select and dose appropriate homeopathic remedies. Focus is on the most common remedies in a summer first aid kit. Rachel VandenBerg is a licensed naturopathic doctor with an additional specialty in classical homeopathy. She practices at Healing Path Centre for Natural Medicine in uptown Waterloo. With an emphasis on women and children’s health, her practice is eclectic and open to all. http://www.healingpathcentre.com

7th Annual Organic Seedling Sale – May 23, 9 am-12 noon FREE!

Join us at Little City Farm as we host our 7th Annual Organic Seedling Sale! Find organic and heirloom varieties of vegetables & herbs ready for planting. Specializing in heirloom tomato varieties. This is a free event. Seedlings cost $2-$3/each.

Natural Twig & Willow Construction – June 20, 1-3 pm – with Alfred Rempel and Robert Kramer

Learn to build simple beautiful structures using natural materials that can be sourced in your own backyard! During this hands-on workshop we will be building a low wattle fence/arbour using locally grown willow, dogwood, grapevine and Manitoba maple. We will also discuss coppicing, living fences, and other forms of natural construction.

Building a Home Composter – July 18, 1-3 pm – with Greg Roberts

Composting is the wonderful process whereby biodegradable household and yard “waste” products decompose into extremely useful rich humus-like soil. Discover how to make great compost, and how to build an effective home composting system. Workshop will also include discussion on vermicomposting (worm bins) and composting toilets.

All about Fruit Trees – August 22, 1-3 pm – To Be Confirmed Fresh fruit picked in season from your own backyard! From planting to tending, pruning to harvest, in this workshop you will learn which fruit trees grow best in our climate and organic methods for maintaining healthy trees. Also information on how to get involved with the local Fruit Tree Project, harvesting fruit from abandoned trees in our city.

Seed Saving Basics – September 19, 1-3 pm – with Bob Wildfong from Seeds of Diversity Saving seeds & knowing how to grow our own food may be some of the most important skills we can have, as food prices rise and crop diversity declines. Attend this workshop to learn proper techniques for collecting seeds from your own garden this season, from beans to tomatoes, herbs to flowers. Proceeds from this workshop go to Seeds of Diversity, Canada’s Heritage Seed Program. More info at: http://www.seeds.ca.

Making Natural Waldorf-Inspired Dolls – October24, 1-3 pm – with Amaryah deGroot (pre-registration required) Learn to make simple dolls from natural materials such as wool, cotton and silk. In the tradition of Waldorf education, these cuddly dolls inspire children’s creativity and fantasy. Their neutral features help to develop a child’s imagination to see the doll laugh, cry, sleep, etc. Participants will work on their own doll throughout the workshop. All materials provided. Amaryah makes reconstructed clothing and toys from reclaimed wool sweaters with her business Sew Oiseau. http://www.sewoiseau.com

Intro to Soap Making – November 14, 1-3 pm – with Karin Kliewer (pre-registration required) Make beautiful, natural handmade soaps just in time to give as gifts this Christmas. Join local herbalist & soap maker, Karin Kliewer, to learn the simple art of traditional cold-process soap making. This is a busy hands-on workshop where participants will be asked to bring a variety of supplies to create their own soap. Organic herbs and basic essential oils will be supplied. List of supplies will be emailed upon registration. Karin operates Homestead Herbals creating natural soaps & organic herbal products. http://www.littlecityfarm.ca/herbals

Living Foods: Sprouting for Winter – November 21, 1-3 pm – with Karin Kliewer (pre-registration required)
It only takes a few minutes per day to reap the great rewards to sprouted “living” foods. Sprouted foods add tremendous health & vitality to your meals, and provide an inexpensive source of fresh local greens during the winter months. Learn simple ways to incorporate sprouted seeds, grains, beans and nuts into your diet. We will sample and share recipes for microgreens, sunflower sprouts, and wheatgrass, as well as sprouted “cheese”, sprouted milk, sprouted breads, and even sprouted dessert! Participants each take home a sprouting starter kit.

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