Those interested in becoming more self-sufficient and learning new skills are welcome to take the second set of homesteading classes being offered during the next few months at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County.
Each of the nine classes will take place at 6 p.m. on a Thursday night at Extension headquarters, 4487 Lake Ave., Town of Lockport. Supplies are included with the class fee unless otherwise noted. You do not need to be a Niagara County resident to take a class but must preregister and prepay. Call 433-8839, Ext. 231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The homesteading workshops are as follows:
Culinary Herbs: Thursday. Learn about uses of herbs and how to preserve them. Sample some herb butters. $15.
Seed Saving: Sept. 8. Learn how to save seeds from your favorite heirloom and open pollinated plants, determine when to gather them and create seed saver envelopes to organize your seeds for the next growing season. $15.
Log Cabin Quilting: Sept. 15. Create a log cabin quilt. This class is designed for beginning quilters but experienced quilters are also welcome. You will leave the class with at least one finished quilt block and the confidence to quilt more on your own. There are a limited number of sewing machines available for use during the class; you are encouraged to bring your own. Materials will not be provided for this class. A required materials list will be provided upon registration. $20.
Wonderful Weaving: Sept. 22 – Learn how to make a beautiful basket. $25.
Growing Garlic: Oct. 6. $15
Fermenting Vegetables: Oct. 20. Sample fermented foods and take home some sauerkraut. $25.
The Art of Herbology: Nov. 17 – Learn to make your own lip balm for winter weather. Leave with finished products for holiday gifts. $25.
“Meat” the Farmer: Dec. 1. Learn what it’s like to buy meat directly from a farmer and enjoy local wines. $15.