Hildegardens Homeschool Apprenticeship
Summer Session Begins June 2015
Do you know how to milk a goat?
How about culture milk to make cheese, tincture herbs, capture a sourdough starter, cook in a solar oven, sour and sprout grains, identify 70 native useful and edible plants, build your own soil, find and recognize plant indicators, design perennial polycultures, build beehives, use chickens to do your gardening, infuse oils, make soap, build using clay and straw, graft trees? Would you like to learn? The Hildegardens apprenticeship will incorporate the 3 permaculture ethics and 12 principles with these practical skills needed to run a suburban homestead and herbal CSA.
Hildegarden Apprenticeship Program:
Functional Craft Farm uses an Erdkinder/Montessorian approach to the apprenticeship. There will be two hours of hands on work with a break, cleanup and snack before more academic instruction. The first hour students will be immersed in farm chores such as milking, feeding, starting seeds, harvesting, composting, grooming, watering, etc.. In the second hour we will craft and make something from what we have harvested or wildcrafted and the third hour will solely be instruction such as cataloguing plants, learning about basic animal husbandry, soil science, etc.. A weekly sheet will be sent home on what was covered for the day as well as discussion topics and tasks to do at home. At the end of each quarter, the goal for each student will be to independently and confidently carry out tasks and skills learned and begin or add to a build a repertoire that they too can master and then teach others.
Bartering is ALWAYS welcome. Suggested beginning age for relaxed track is 8 years-old.
Sessions are Quarterly and each month has a theme. The work will reflect the season.
LIMITED TO 5 STUDENTS EACH SESSION
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