DENVER URBAN HOMESTEADING

Our market assistant Elizabeth only

buys used clothing, raises chickens,

grows fruits and vegetables, and

repurposes all her waste. Her motto 

of life is "Do what you can with what

you have where you're at."

A true urban homesteader.

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Our classes are taught by local experts who are part of our community.  We are involved in many volunteer activities to make our community better.  This is an entirely self-sustaining organization and we do not receive any government funding.  Please support our local business, our local teachers, our local economy and our community. 

 

 

Learn the basics of beekeeping from expert beekeepers.  What kind of hive to buy, where to buy the bees, how often to manage them, what wonderful creatures they are, how they will pollinate the area and how to get honey from them.

Don is also a bee mentor and you can join his program for a year of lectures and hands-on experience with the many beehives he keeps in the area.  Don Studinski is also a Bee Mentor and he has a one-year mentorship program that will teach you and give you hands-on experience with his many beehives in the area.  For more details contact him at: HoneyBeeKeep at 303 248-6677 or send him an email which is on his website at http://honeybeekeep.com/node/510

Location:  Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

 

2014 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

 

BACKYARD CHICKEN-KEEPING, or

BACKYARD CHICKEN-KEEPING AND URBAN HOMESTEADING TOUR

 

Learn all about raising chickens.  How and when to buy them, buying chicks or full-grown chickens, breeds of chickens, what to feed them, common ailments, how to protect them from predators, kinds of coops, dogs and cat interactions, eggs, and more.  Teacher Jennifer Loyd is a horticulturalist and a very pleasant and knowledgeable chicken owner.  You can take the class after each monthly Chicken Swap, i.e. on the first Saturday of the month from 1-330 at 370 Kalamath Street, Denver.  Or in the middle of every month you can take the class at her Lakewood urban homestead and also get a tour of her expansive gardens and see how she feeds her family.

 

Location: EITHER at 370 Kalamath Street, Denver, OR

at Jennifer's house in Lakewood near the intersection of Kipling and Colfax  (address provided upon registration)

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

 

 

HOMEBREWING 101  

Learn how to make beer from Preston Hartman, an expert homebrewer.  Preston will teach you the fundamentals in the morning 1.5 hours, then after a lunch break you’ll spend 1.5 hours helping him prepare to brew a batch while getting your hands on the grains and hops.   I felt so good acquiring this knowledge when Preston showed me how he makes beer at his home.

TEACHER DESCRIPTION: After taking this two-part class, participants will understand basic brewing concepts and be prepared to brew their first batch of beer using malt extract.  The morning part of this class provides participants with a more sophisticated understanding of beer, which is necessary to brew good beer at home.  Participants handle, smell, and taste beer ingredients, learn about the brewing process, and better understand how different ingredients and processes result in different styles of beer. 

The afternoon part of the class provides hands-on instruction for brewing a batch of beer using malt extract in a typical home kitchen.  Participants perform each step of the process with the instructor’s guidance.  After this part of the class, participants will possess the knowledge to easily brew a batch of beer on their own. 

Finally, the instructor will briefly discuss print, internet, and local resources for the beginning brewer, and distribute a brewing equipment list and step-by-step instructions.     

LOCATION:  Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

 

RESTORE OLD WOOD FURNITURE (and save a tree!)

Learn how to identify good-quality wood furniture, doors, etc. suitable for refinishing damaged by water, sun, scratches.  Learn simple techniques for refinishing these tables, chairs, the trim in your house, your floors.  Which materials are better to use among varnishes, wood fillers, etc?  These will be part of the class.  All students will get hands-on experience with sanding tools and the finishing materials.  This practical course will empower you to improve the appearance of the wood in your home and to help save the planet by keeping good wood furniture out of the dumpster.  It can also be a rewarding hobby, financially and psychologically.  Teacher is Irina Bertini who grew up in the USSR and who abhors our consumeristic society, shuns buying new furniture and only buys old furniture that can be refinished.

LOCATION:  Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

TUITION: $25  You can go to Registration page and use Paypal (in middle, half-way down), or mail a form and check (download a form and get address on Registration page) or pay at the market

BEGINNER KNITTING

Learn to knit scarves, hats and potholders using ergonomic knitting practices that save your shoulders from fatigue.  Different types of yarn and their uses will be explained.  Students will also learn how to wash, dry and store the knitted items for long life.  No experience necessary.  Yarn will be provided.  Bring own needles or buy from our store.  Teacher is expert knitter Irina Bertini.

LOCATION:  Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

Location at Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, except:  (1) Jennifer’s monthly Chicken-keeping & Urban Homesteading class which is at her home in Lakewood, and (2) Gina’s Square Foot Gardening class at her yard four blocks from the market..  We send you the address after you register.

CLASS

DATE

TIME

TEACHER

$

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping   Complete class on raising backyard chickens: how/ where to buy, chicks or adults, what to feed, how to shelter and protect from predators, ailments, eggs and using manure for gardens. 

Sat, Feb 1

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Restore Old Wood Furn + save a tree   How to sand and patch furniture and doors using electric and hand sanders, how to select stains and how to varnish.  Don’t throw away good furniture ever again.

Fri, Feb 7

6-8

Irina Bertini

25

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Beekeeping   Expert beekeeper teaches you the fundamentals: the wonder of bees, how to buy and house bees and alternative equipment.  Become a beekeeper, change your life. 

Sat, Feb 8

130-4

Jan Cofelt

40

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Knitting   Learn to knit scarves, hats and potholders using ergonomic knitting practices that save your shoulders from fatigue.  Different types of yarn and their uses will be explained.  Learn how to wash, dry and store the knitted items for long life.  No experience needed. Yarn and needles will be provided. .

Sat, Feb 8

2-4

Irina Bertini

20

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   Complete class on raising backyard chickens: how/where to buy, chicks or adults, what to feed, how to shelter and protect from predators, ailments, eggs and using manure for gardens.  Also, a chance to see the teacher’s urban homestead and get ideas for your own. Lakewood location provided after registration

Sat, Feb 15

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Homebrewing   After taking this class, participants will understand basic brewing concepts and be prepared to brew their first batch of beer using malt extract. The first part of this class provides participants with a more sophisticated understanding of beer and key brewing concepts that are necessary for brewing good beer at home. Participants handle, smell, and taste beer ingredients, learn about the brewing process, and better understand how different ingredients and processes result in different styles of beer. 

The second part of the class provides hands-on instruction for brewing a batch of beer using malt extract in a typical home kitchen. Participants perform each step of the process with the instructor’s guidance. After this part of the class, participants will possess the knowledge to easily brew a batch of beer on their own.

Throughout the class, the instructor will answer questions and discuss print, internet, and local resources for the beginning brewer.

class cancelled

9-12

Preston Hartman

50

 

 

 

 

 

Angora Rabbits for fun and fiber   Learn how to harvest their fiber by brushing them gently every few months (they love to be groomed).  These rabbits make great pets and are sweet and easy to care for.  Their fertilizer is a miracle-grow for the garden.  Learn what to do with the fiber including spinning it or selling it.  Due to short supply even raw (unspinned) fiber can be sold outright or on consignment at our store.

Teach your child how to do a small, environmentally-friendly hobby that can benefit the garden, put a few dollars in your pocket and give you a very polite and warm companion.

Sat, Feb 15

2-3

Irina Bertini

10/5 kids

 

 

 

 

 

Beekeeping Introduction Lite  Learn what beekeeping and local honey is about and decide whether this is right for you.  Become a beekeeper and change your life.  Taught by the owner of Denver Urban Homesteading.

Fri, Feb 21

6-7

James Bertini

15

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping  SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 1

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Goat-keeping in your backyard Learn all the basics about dwarf milk goats.  This is a hands-on class so you will even get to milk the nanny if she is producing.  Teacher is our farmer Leda who lives on a small farm with her family.  They distribute raw goat milk, sell pork and goat meat that they produce with the help of their children.

Sat, Mar 1

1-330

Leda Viart, owner of Harvest Acres

40

 

 

 

 

 

Beekeeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 8

130-4

Jan Cofelt

40

 

 

 

 

 

Square Foot Gardening  Create your own organic food source by growing more in less space, water, time and effort with the all-new Square Foot Gardening method.  It’s easy to learn and fun for the whole family.

§    No more digging, No more weeds, No kidding

Gina has been teaching the Square Foot Gardening method at home and in Jamaica for the past ten years and has had great success.

Little or no experience is needed to learn this quick and easy gardening method that will have you saying “I can do this!” Start growing your own food today, one square at a time.  Class is in Gina’s beautiful yard 4 blocks from the market; address provided upon registration.

Sat, Mar 8

10-1130

Regina Chilton- Parris

25

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Vegetable Gardening          It pays to get an early start on growing vegetables. Whether you're starting a new garden or trying to get more out of an existing garden through spring growing, this class will help. Soil preparation, what to plant, transplanting and seeding techniques, cut-an-come-again crops, succession planting and more will be discussed. Taught by longtime gardening expert Carl Wilson. (Note that this is a one-hour class, and Carl also teaches a two-hour gardening class on 4/12 and also a berry class on 4/5.)

Sat, Mar 15

2-3

Carl Wilson

15

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 15

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Greywater Use in Households

This class is an accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in using laundry greywater to irrigate the home landscape. The class will cover all the basics of greywater management. Class includes instructional handouts, a resource list and sample of biocompatible detergent.

 Topics covered: What is greywater? What is not greywater? Why use greywater? Any health concerns? Best management practices. The status of greywater use in Colorado. The cost, advantages, set-up, tools necessary and maintenance of the Laundry Drum system

Sat, Mar 22

1-230

Judith Moran

25

 

 

 

 

 

Square Foot Gardening          SEE DESCRIPTION MARCH 8

Thu, Mar 27

530-700pm

Regina Chilton-Parris

25

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL WORMING/VERMICULTURE    Nearly half of our garbage is organic matter that can be composted.  Learn about the fascinating world of indoor composting via red wrigglers. This method of indoor composting is fun, easy, and a great way to turn your brown thumb green! Vermicomposting is apartment-friendly, does not smell (bad), and is a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps into valuable nutrients.

In this class, you will learn worm biology, basic composting chemistry, and uses of worm castings.  Additionally, you will learn how to brew compost/worm tea – the best fertilizer ever!  Come and experience hands-on worm farm demos which includes building  and maintaining your own worm farm. Plus, you will take home free worm starters and be ready to start vermicomposting immediately.

Sat, Mar 29

2-4pm

Tara Kent. Wildlife biologist and urban homesteader

30

 

 

 

 

 

Beekeeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 5

130-4

Jan Cofelt

40

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 5

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Growing Berries and Grapes Berries are easy fruits to grow and make luscious eating, fresh & frozen. New developments are increasing the types of grapes and berries we can grow here. Learn the types that do well in our climate and soil, what varieties are recommended, where to purchase, and how to manage and prune for best results.

Sat, Apr 5

2-4

Carl Wilson

25

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Gardening     Learn successful vegetable growing on the Front Range. Colorado’s climate realities include a short growing season, cool summer nights, dry air, erratic late spring and early fall frosts. Soil conditions are another challenge. Learn how to change growing conditions to achieve results and to produce the vegetables you want for fresh eating and preserving.

Sat, Apr 12

2-4

Carl Wilson

25

 

 

 

 

 

Beekeeping Introduction Lite   SEE ABOVE

Fri, Apr 18

6-7

James Bertini

15

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 19

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Permaculture Without Jargon    Learn how to manage your garden, build your own soil and make animals, birds, worms, insects and plants work together in one ecosystem by supporting each other.  Reduce your waste at home, and have a nice organic garden that will feed you and make you feel connected to the planet.  Class held at the urban homestead of James & Irina, owners of Denver Urban Homesteading. 

Sat, Apr 19

2-4

Irina Bertini

25

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, May 3

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Greywater Use in Households    SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, May 10

1-230

Judith Moran

25

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL WORMING/VERMICULTURE    SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Thu, May 15

6-8pm

Tara Kent

30

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, May 17

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

         
         

Chicken-keeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jun 7

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jun 21

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jul 5

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading   SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jul 19

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

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