Urban Homesteading

If you want to learn how to live well without needing a lot of money, we want to help you! We can teach you how to get food from the ground to the table (or from a local farm to the table), how to preserve fresh foods to eat during the winter, how to make cheese and soap, even how to raise poultry for eggs and/or meat.

Featured Class: Preserving Fruits & Vegetablesfeatured-class-preserving-vegetables
Learn the basics and benefits of home preserving and how to start eating cheaper, fresher, healthier, and more locally. We will discuss in detail proper canning techniques, including what you can and can’t process in a water bath canner, blanching and freezing techniques, and drying herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

Adult Activity Center
Thursday, June 13, 6:30-8:30pm
$20 ID/$24 OD
Register Here


What is Urban Homesteading?: Learn how you can start living more simply, sustainably and efficiently. and how to get the best return on your efforts with this free discussion. 

Thursday, 6/6, 6:30-7:30pm 
Free
Class #20763. Register Here


Preserving Fruits & Vegetables: Learn the basics and benefits of home preserving and how to start eating cheaper, fresher, healthier, and more locally. We will discuss in detail proper canning techniques, including what you can and can’t process in a water bath canner, blanching and freezing techniques, and drying herbs, fruits, and vegetables. 

Thursday, 6/13, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD
Class #20760. Register Here


Making Jam- Canning Basics: Put summer in a jar by making your own fruit jam! We’ll make and can a batch of jam in class from fresh local fruit. Homemade jam can contain less sugar and more flavor than you find in commercial jams- and the potential varieties are endless. Each participant gets to take a jar home! 

Thursday, 6/20, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20761. Register Here


Outdoor Herbals: Learn how to make insect repellent creams and sprays, healing salves, and learn about the SPF potential of various herbal combinations. Take home a share of what we make in class. 

Thursday, 6/27, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20762. Register Here


Sausage Making: Learn how to make your own sausage from whole ingredients and develop your own spice mix as mild or spicy as you like. Create a batch in class to enjoy. 

Thursday, 7/11, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20758. Register Here


Balms, Butters, Salves: Learn to make a variety of body butters, lip balms, and herbal salves for gifts or a treat for yourself. Take home a jar each of lip balm and herbal salve that we’ll make in class. All supplies are included in the class fee. 

Thursday, 7/18, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD
Class #20765. Register Here


Soap Making: Take home a sample and learn the basics of making bar soap, liquid soap and two forms of laundry soap. We will discuss the chemistry of saponification, properties of different base oils and local sources, and fragrance oils and other additives, while we make a batch of soap. 

Thursday, 7/25, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20766. Register Here


Beyond Sauerkraut: Explore the world of fermentation and learn how to make fermented pickles, salsa, sriracha, fermented non-alcoholic beverages, and even corned beef.  Start your own jar of vegetables to take home and ferment. 

Thursday, 8/1, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20767. Register Here


Winter Gardening: Learn to plan out a small to medium sized family garden, vegetables that do well over winter in our climate, and how to maximize production from a small space. Now is the time to start planting your winter garden to have produce all winter long and into spring.  Also learn about saving seeds and sources for free vegetable and flower seeds. 

Thursday, 8/8, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20770. Register Here


Edible Landscape and Foraging: Don’t just pull those weeds, eat them! Find out which native weeds are edible and how to prepare them, you’ll be surprised how much food you’ve been throwing in the yard waste. Learn about common wild foraging plants berries, flowers, greens, roots, and common mushrooms and their habitats. Class is held offsite; location and directions will be given after registration. 

Saturday, 8/10, 2-4pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD
Class #20768. Register Here


Seed Saving: Learn a variety of techniques for saving heirloom vegetable seeds for planting, including ideal harvest times, collection techniques, preparation/drying, and proper storage. 

Thursday, 8/15, 6:30-8:30pm 
$20 ID/$24 OD 
Class #20755. Register Here


Current Classes

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FAQs

Why can't I see the class I want to take? 
Not all classes may be available at this time, and many of this term's classes may have already started. Check back every term for a new slate!

What does ID/OD mean?
 People who live or own property within Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s boundaries support Willamalane with their tax dollars, and so they enjoy lower program costs. If you live in-district, you'll pay the ID cost; if you live out-of-district, you'll pay the OD cost. Not sure if you're in-district? Check the district map here.

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