Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will start a series of homesteading classes this month designed to get you the most from the land you call home.
Individual classes will cost $10 to $20 and cover topics that include organic gardening, weaving, jam-making, composting and breadmaking. Read more on Page 2 about the first class March 31, which focuses on making yogurt and butter.
Classes start at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday through July 28 at Extension headquarters, 4487 Lake Ave., Town of Lockport. Class size is limited and you must preregister by calling 433-8839, Ext. 231, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the class lineup:
Introduction to Yogurt and Butter: March 31. $10
Back-to-basic recipes you can fit into your busy schedule.
Backyard Poultry: April 7. $15
Basics of chicken keeping, including choosing the right breed and incubating eggs at home. Instructional materials included.
Wonderful Weaving: April 21. $20
Learn to weave a reed basket. Materials included in the price.
The Art of Herbology: May 5. $20
Create a relaxing herbal salve that you can take home. Materials included.
Organic Gardening Basics: May 19. $10
Learn how to plan, plant and care for a garden that will provide fresh, healthy food for your family.
Fruit Jam: June 2. $10
Learn the proper equipment to use for home canning as well how to prepare fruit jam. Instructional materials included.
Tree and Shrub Pruning: June 16. $10
Composting: June 30. $10
Keep food, garden and lawn waste out of landfills and learn how to use the end results to improve the soil in your garden or flower beds.
Homemade Soap: July 14. $15
Make a batch of milk-based soap. Supplies included.
Sourdough bread: July 28. $10
Black Cat Bakery will teach you how to get started. Supplies included.