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Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a series of urban homesteading classes again this fall at Columbia Homestead Alliance. Columbia Homestead Alliance — or CHA, for short — is an emerging new organization committed to community resilience, skill-building, local food and self-reliance in my very own neighborhood of Five Points in Columbia, SC. In the spring, our Permaculture Design Course students helped to install some keyhole garden beds at their site, which they are developing into a demonstration site for urban permaculture and growing food in the city.

This year’s line-up of classes includes:

  • Canning & Preserving
  • Home Dairy 101
  • Not-so-hard Cheeses: Feta, Mozzarella, and Chevre
  • Home-made Body Care

The last two are new classes that I’m particularly looking forward to introducing. In all classes, we’ll be whipping up home-made goodness of some sort, with treats to take home, and all levels of experience (or none) are welcome.

To find more detailed class descriptions, and to sign up, go to the Classes page.

If you live in the Columbia area, I hope to see you there! If not, maybe there’s an organization near you that organizes classes and workshops in urban homesteading? I know of pretty awesome homesteading schools in Atlanta, California’s Bay Area, Portland OR, and Boston, for example.


5 thoughts on “Homesteading classes in Fall 2015

  1. Dawn@CL says:

    I wish I knew of something around here like that! I live in the upstate and I know they do bee-keeping classes, but I haven’t heard of anything quite like what you’re doing. If we lived closer, I’d be considering it in spite of my injuries and being in a wheelchair now .

    1. Mari says:

      Hi Dawn, if you live in the upstate, have you checked out Appalachian Feet’s class offerings?

      1. Dawn@CL says:

        No, I haven’t, but I will! Thank you!

  2. Rachel says:

    Does CHA have a website? Also, have you heard of anything like this in the Florence/Darlington area?

    1. Mari says:

      Hi Rachel,

      I don’t know of anything like this in Florence or Darlington, but you can check out CHA’s Facebook page:


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