Homegrown Lifestyle offers course on home food production and conservation

By Kerri on March 4, 2014 in Blog

7476097438_6abd93f4cc_bInterested in growing food or practicing conservation on a small-scale portion of your land, acreage or yard? Homeowners with space to play can learn how to turn their small tracts of land into food production and conservation areas! Homegrown Lifestyle is a 12-week spring short course that “focuses on fundamental, scale-appropriate food production techniques and conservation strategies that smallholders and modern homesteaders” can use.

Homegrown Lifestyle will be offered at several Iowa locations from March 20 to June 5. Weekly sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6–9 p.m. Each session features an extension educator who is a state expert in relevant topics, like edible landscape design, soil and water conservation, growing and preserving vegetables, fruits and wild crops, backyard poultry, beekeeping, grazing and ruminants, and wildlife management.

Each session will also include locally organized activities where participants will meet local contacts. In addition to the weekly Thursday sessions, a local tour or workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience small-scale food production and resource conservation practices first hand.

More information about courses, instructors and registration.

The course fee is $179. The registration fee includes a comprehensive resource guide of carefully-selected publications that support the content of the webinars and workshops. For more information about Homegrown Lifestyle, contact Michelle Kenyon Brown at (319) 377-9839 or mkenyonb@iastate.edu or visit www.homegrownlifestyle.org.

2014 Homegrown Lifestyle course locations

  •  Ames, Extension 4-H Building, Iowa State University campus
  • Fairfield, Jefferson County Extension office, 2606 W. Burlington Ave.
  • Indianola, Farm Bureau Building, 200 W. 2nd Ave.
  • Muscatine, Muscatine County Extension office, 1514 Isett Ave.
  • Sioux City, Woodbury County Extension office, 4301 Sergeant Road, Ste. #213

Photo courtesy of Renee via Creative Commons.