Think 8,000 feet above sea level is too high to homestead? Think again! Get tips on high altitude homesteading from a master at Conifer Library. Learn the basics of chickens, goats, bees, food preservation and more from Shantel Scardina of Barefoot Homestead in a series of classes designed for continuous learning. Whether you're interested in starting a full high altitude homestead or just thinking of getting a few chickens for your yard, we're here to help. New students are welcome at any time. Suitable for: Adults
6 p.m. Thursday, July 21: Homesteading at a Glance
This class will focus on the different aspects of homesteading. We will talk about what makes a homestead. What are the different things that are done on a homestead? What kinds of animals are common on a homestead? We will also offer a quick look at the other classes in the series.
6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: Food Preservation
What do you do with all of the food you grew this summer? There are many ways to store and preserve food. We will go over the different options such as water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydration.
6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 15: Chicken Keeping
We will take a look at the basics of chicken keeping. We will cover anatomy of both hens and roosters. Basic chick keeping all the way through older hen keeping will be covered. This class is great for the beginning chicken keeper or someone considering chicken keeping as a hobby.
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: High Altitude Bee Keeping
Bees are one of the most challenging critters to keep. This class will cover the basics of bee keeping and the challenges faced at our mountain altitude.
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Goats 101
In Goats 101 we will go over the beginner’s information for goat keeping. Discussed will be different species of goats, milk goats, and meat goats. Common illnesses and basic goat husbandry will be covered as well.
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15: Being Resourceful and Regenerative
Closing this series we will focus on being resourceful and regenerative. Resources are everywhere, all around you and being regenerative is important on a homestead big or small. We will discuss both of these topics, what they mean, and how to use both to create sustainability on our own homestead.