The Independent Farmstead: Smart, Savvy, Scalable Land Stewardship

  • March 9, 2018
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event are for sale via our partner, Organic Growers School. To register, CLICK HERE.

Interested participants wishing to apply for a scholarship must contact Living Web Farms to receive an application.

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In our lifetimes, we’ve seen significant decline in the home-grown American food community. How did farm families in the past provide nearly all their food needs directly from the farm?  And how can we get there again? This full-day workshop, with Independent Farmstead authors Beth & Shawn Dougherty, is designed for the forage-based, family-scale, food producer hoping to create a secure, productive food system on small acreage.

Sky-high land costs, lack of capital, and limited farming experience need not be obstacles for those who wish to build an abundant, fertile, independent cottage farm.  The keys to success involve grass-fed ruminants and multi-species farming as cornerstones of the management plan coupled with a four-season gardening and garden-raised roots and grains for animal feed.

Milk from a moderate-production dairy cow provides the high-quality proteins for beef steers, pigs, chickens, with whey to fertilize the garden and heat up the compost pile, as well as milk, butter, cheese, and cream for home consumption. This small-scale, dairy-centered farm sustained the majority of the world for centuries and can do so again, especially in Appalachia. This model of self-sufficiency transforms the farmer from a purveyor of purchased grains to an ecologist who orchestrates the farm’s resources. By using intensive grass management, captured water systems, home dairying, four-season gardening for food and forage, and whole-farm “no-waste” composting, homesteaders can grow food, fertility and a future on most pieces of land.

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PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event are for sale via our partner, Organic Growers School. To register, CLICK HERE.

Interested participants wishing to apply for a scholarship must contact Living Web Farms to receive an application.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
220 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28791, United States