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Homesteading classes to be held at Niagara Cooperative Extension

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

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.

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