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Urban Homesteading

While living in the twenty-first century provides us with a world full of wonder and innovation, the art of living has been lost to the average American amidst a sea of technological splendor, media-driven complacency, and a reliance on a corporate and industrial infrastructure. This course will explore various components of an urban homesteading system that can be implemented in any situation. It will provide a hands-on approach in which students will have the opportunity to hone, develop, and share skills that they already have or are interested in learning, as well as be exposed to new skills that will be shared by other students. The class will be a combination of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and guest speakers, as well as student-led in class presentations and workshops.

Meeting Times
Thursday 3:00pm-4:50pm (September 4 – November 6, 2014)


Annette Penny and Julia Clark are Co-Directors at the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT). They are both Environmental Science students seeking to combine their diverse backgrounds of Julia's unique homeschooling, Annette's avid gardening, and both of their passions for questioning, experimenting, and perpetuating co-curricular education.

Contact Info
Phone: (707) 826 3551

Class Schedule
(Subject to change)

Sept 4Intro/Theory of Homesteading (how, why, etc.)
CCAT Tour 
Julia and Annette  
Sept 11 Rotational grazing, conventional vs. sustainable agriculture comparison
Tule Fog Farm Tour
Sean Armstrong
Sept 18Wildlife Tracking and Food ForestsPhil Johnston 
Sept 25Natural Paints
Demonstration and activity 
Chelsea Anan
Oct 2BeekeepingIsaac Lopez
Oct 9Herbal First Aid and Natural Wound CareKat Shaw
Oct 16FermentationKat Shaw
Oct 23Permaculture Talk
Devin Fredericksen
Oct 30 Food Storage and Preservation Casandra Kelly 
Nov 6 Student Presentations and Workshops

Each student is required to pick a topic that relates to the theme of homesteading to focus on throughout the semester. These independent or small group (2-3) projects can be thoroughly researched or thought out (and experimented with, when applicable), and then presented to the rest of the class in the form of a lecture, demonstration, workshop, poem, piece of art, or song. Projects should consider all resources involved and seek to minimize any negative impacts that may arise.

Each student will have 5-10 minutes for their presentation. If you would like more time, please check-in with the course instructors.
Sep 2, 2014, 2:54 PM