What we're about

Welcome Homesteaders!

We are a group interested in being more self sustainable at our homes, work, and in our lives. We emphasize on education, cost effective classes, sharing ideas, and team spirit.

Some of the topics we'll be exploring are:

- Sustainable Lifestyles

- Gardening

Organic, Hydroponics, Permaculture,

Aquaponics, Biodynamic, Green Wall,

Green Roof, Natives, Water Smart, Climate Controlled, Propagation

- Bees

Beekeeping, Honey Products

- Farm Animals

Chickens, Pigs, Goats, Turkeys, Rabbits

- Water

Resource Management, Harvesting, Greywater, Rainwater, Purification

- Food Preparation, Preservation

Canning, Dehydration, Smoking, Solar Cooking

- Alternative Energy Strategies

Energy Management, Solar, Wind, Geothermal

- Building & Maintenance

Cobb, Earthbag, Straw Bale

- Composting

Vermiculture, Yard Waste

- Blacksmithing

- Suggestions from members

Have an idea? Know of an educational event? Share it with the rest of us! Please contact a Team Leader to organize an event.

There are a lot of recent concerns with the economy and world affairs in general. Growing and producing your own food and household products makes good sense for your budget, health, and the environment. Interest in becoming self sustaining has grown fast.

The intent of this group is to teach/share topics related to homesteading that combine the best of the old ways and the advancement of modern methods.

Along the way we may throw in some survivalist classes. We live in earthquake country, with wildfires an obvious threat also. Imagine the power going out for whatever reason. Any one of us well prepared homesteaders would be comfortably enjoying a hot meal cooked in our solar ovens from home canned produce and backyard chickens while the local grocery stores are under mob attack. In another practical scenario, most households now have less income that it needs to cover groceries that cost more than they used to. Some solutions are to starve or eat substandard foods with poor nutrition. A much better solution is to grow your own food to save money and improve the health of your loved ones.

If you have an idea or a skill you want to share, please jump in and let us know. If you wish to create an event for the first time, you must contact the main organizer to arrange an interview with our education and outreach staff. During this interview, we can learn more about your planned events, skill levels, and how they will benefit our members. Once you become a "Core Education Partner", you will have direct posting access. We retain the right to edit, or delete posts without notice.

Thank you!

Members with a bad attitude or who try to exploit us financially, or other unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated here.

Upcoming events (5+)

Help with Propagation and Maintenance at a Great Botanical Garden!

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

For directions, please use maps.google.com and type Alta Vista Gardens in the search box. Drive into the garden, stay to the right and go to the bottom of the hill. We are on the left. Help us to care for the multitude of plants in our growing area, and to propagate and pot up new plants to help our garden grow. This is not a class, it is "hands-on", which is the best way to learn. Because we are maintaining a growing area for the garden, there are many tasks involved besides propagation, including repotting and general maintenance. Bring gloves, and clippers if you have them.

Monthly Meeting San Diego Beekeeping Society

Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado, Room 101

Welcome to San Diego Beekeeping Society, we are open to both amateur and professional beekeepers. Our members range from beginners to the most advanced beekeepers. $20 annual membership dues We regularly meet and have additional events throughout the year. Except on holidays, we meet every second Monday of each month at 6 pm in Casa Del Prado, Room #101, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA[masked]

$Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture Monthly Open Tour [Fallbrook]

Finch Frolic Garden


Due to Easter Sunday, April's tour will be on the second Sunday, the 14th rather than the 21st. • What we'll do This two hour walk through Finch Frolic Garden is an information-packed talk on basic permaculture techniques. While seeing examples in this beautiful low-water-use, chemical-free 1.68-acre garden, you'll learn about sheet mulching, rain catchment, where to place trees, polyculture, soil building, composting toilets, mud ovens, hugelkultur, repurposing, and so much more. Q and A follows. • What to bring Please dress for the weather, with comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. • Important to know No pets, please. Special rates for children can be found at www.vegetariat.com.

Eco-shire Open House and Potluck (Hemet)(Free)

41051 Cactus Valley Rd

This is our monthly Down-to-Earth EcoShire open house and potluck. We will have a tour of our current earthbag Hobbit cabin project, and the future ecovillage. Also: aircrete construction, container sheds and much more. Come spend a beautiful day on the Shire with us and you'll be sure to learn much and hopefully be a bit inspired. Free; potluck preferably vegetarian. Rain won't cancel. Bring sun/rain protection and solid walking shoes.

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