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.

Classes  

2015 SPRING CLASSES NOW SCHEDULED.  SEE CLASSES PAGE.  Learn chickenkeeping, beekeeping, worms/vermiculture, permaculture,

restoring wood, goatkeeping, urban homesteading, Angora rabbits

 

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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.

 

2015 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!

 

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!

 

PERMACULTURE INTRODUCTION

Spend $70 to find out what permaculture is all about before investing thousands.  Teacher Tara Rae Kent is a wildlife biologist and urban homesteader and she also teaches the worm class.

Do you want to live in a more sustainable way? Are you looking for a comprehensive ethical system you can use to live more sustainably? Do you want to learn some practical strategies and techniques you can use now in your daily life? Have you heard the term permaculture and want to learn more about it?

 Permaculture is the design science of creating living environments that imitate nature.  These regenerative ecosystems provide food, fuel and shelter.

This 3+ hour Introduction to Permaculture class will present an overview of the permaculture approach and how it can be applied to gardens, homesteads, apartment units, business enterprises, communities, and more. We will introduce the core ethics and principles that form the foundation of the permaculture concept as well as the history of permaculture.  Permaculture is a “Land-Use Plan” for the system being designed in which the elements are careful chosen and placed deliberately for several functions and vice versa.  The focus is not on these elements themselves, but rather on the relationships created among them by the way we place them in the landscape.

Join Tararae Kent as she discusses the basics of permaculture including healthy plants and soils but also using Mother Nature as a model for sustainable human activities.

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

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES BELOW!

 

DENVER URBAN HOMESTEADING CLASSES SPRING 2015

Location at Denver Urban Homesteading, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, except:

(a)   Jennifer’s monthly Chicken-keeping & Urban Homesteading class which is at her home in Lakewood.  We send you the address after you register, and

(b)   Leda’s Goat-keeping class which is at 370 Kalamath Street.

(c)   Irina’s Permaculture Without Jargon class.  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, Jan 3

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Restore Old Wood Furn + save a tree

Hands-on class.  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, Jan 9

6-830

Irina Bertini

25

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Beekeeping

Expert beekeeper teaches you the fundamentals: the wonder of bees, how to buy and house bees and how to harvest honey.  Teacher Don Studinski is also a bee mentor and you can get hands-on experience at one of his urban apiaries.  Become a beekeeper, change your life. 

Fri, Jan 16

7-9pm

Don Studinski

40

 

 

 

 

 

Performing a Honeybee Colony Split  Expert beekeeper teaches you how to split honeybee colonies.  This is not a basic class.  Teacher Don Studinski is also a bee mentor and you can get hands-on experience at one of his urban apiaries.  Become a beekeeper, change your life. 

Sat, Jan 17

10-12

Don Studinski

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 will be provided.  Bring own needles or buy from our store.

Sat, Jan 17

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. Location provided after registration.

Sat, Jan 24

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Restore Old Wood Furn + save a tree

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Fri, Feb 6

6-830

Irina Bertini

25

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Feb 7

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

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, Feb 7

2-4pm

Tara Kent. Wildlife biologist and urban homesteader

30

 

 

 

 

 

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 7

2-3

Irina Bertini

10/5 kids

 

 

 

 

 

Performing a Honeybee Colony Split  SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Fri, Feb 13

7-9pm

Don Studinski

40

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Beekeeping  SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

 

Sat, Feb 14

10-12

Don Studinski

40

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Feb 21

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Permaculture Introduction     Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system." - Bill Mollison

 Do you want to live in a more sustainable way? Are you looking for a comprehensive ethical system you can use to live more sustainably? Do you want to learn some practical strategies and techniques you can use now in your daily life? Have you heard the term permaculture and want to learn more about it?

 Permaculture is the design science of creating living environments that imitate nature.  These regenerative ecosystems provide food, fuel and shelter.

 This 3+ hour Introduction to Permaculture class will present an overview of the permaculture approach and how it can be applied to gardens, homesteads, apartment units, business enterprises, communities, and more. We will introduce the core ethics and principles that form the foundation of the permaculture concept as well as the history of permaculture.  Permaculture is a “Land-Use Plan” for the system being designed in which the elements are careful chosen and placed deliberately for several functions and vice versa.  The focus is not on these elements themselves, but rather on the relationships created among them by the way we place them in the landscape.

 Join Tararae Kent as she discusses the basics of permaculture including healthy plants and soils but also using Mother Nature as a model for sustainable human activities.  

**Disclaimer: this class is an introduction to the permaculture concept, it does not constitute or substitute for the mandatory 72 hours required to receive your permaculture design certificate.

Sat, Feb 28

10-2

Tara Kent

70

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Beekeeping

Expert beekeeper teaches you the fundamentals: the wonder of bees, how to buy and house bees and how to harvest honey.  Teacher Jan Coffelt has been a beekeeper for many years.  Become a beekeeper, change your life. 

Sat, Mar 7

10-Noon

Jan Coffelt

40

 

 

 

 

 

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 7

10-1230

Leda Viart, owner of Harvest Acres

40

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 7

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

Basic Beekeeping

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 21

10-Noon

Jan Coffelt

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 21

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL WORMING/VERMICULTURE    SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Mar 28

2-4pm

Tara Kent. Wildlife biologist and urban homesteader

30

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 4

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Gardening 101    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 4

2-4

Carl Wilson, horticulturalist

25

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 18

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Permaculture Introduction    

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Apr 18

10-2

Tara Kent

70

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Beekeeping

We don’t call ourselves experts, but we have been beekeeping now for several years and we feel very comfortable teaching you the fundamentals: the wonder of bees, how to buy and house bees and how to harvest honey.  Become a beekeeper, change your life.

Sat, Apr 18

10-Noon

James Bertini, owner of Denver Urban Home-steading and his high school beekeeping assistant Jacob

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-keeping

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, May 2

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 and Irina, owners of Denver Urban Homesteading. 

Sat, May 9

2-4

Irina Bertini

25

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, May 16

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jun 20

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Keeping & Urban Homesteading

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Sat, Jul 18

1-330

Jennifer Loyd

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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