Friday, April 26, 2013

Homesteading

This is a significant week to be Waco, Texas. However, we are staying out of the busy areas paying tribute to those who died in the explosion, but are here at the Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.

Jon and I are taking a three-day course on “homesteading”.  This course is an overview on a wide topic. We’ve learned loads and I am feeling more hopeful about our chance of survival in “down-country” Ethiopia. ;)

In our first two days we have touched on organic gardening, composting, orchards, vineyards, pastures, field crops, poultry and herb gardening.

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The white building is our classroom

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Jon takes notes while we learn about composting

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Outside the gristmill

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Jon learning about grinding wheat

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Inside the fiber craft/textile barn (we just toured this area, not learning this, just visiting!)

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Beautifully maintained grounds

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Learning about herbs and their medicinal and preservative properties.

Tomorrow we start the day by hand milking a cow and then we will divide and conquer as Jon is going to cover fences, the family cow, beekeeping and designing a homestead and I am going to learn how to make yogurt, butter and soft cheeses.

3 comments:

Matt and Kristi said...

Oh, I wish I could be there!!!! Teach me everything you know when we're together in Wheaton! (we're officially registered now!)

Sarah said...

How interesting - great pictures!!

(BTW, saw two very cute and authentically dressed little girls last night at the Ethiopia night - looked like they were having fun with Gpa & Gma)

Joy said...

Wow, I'm going to see if there's a course like this in my area...fantastic!