Saturday, April 11, 2015

Classes on the Homestead

After some bumpy starts and stops, I think I'm FINALLY ready to teach some classes here on the homestead.  I've been asked so many times, but it never seemed like the right time, but now it is!

So below is the first set of classes we are offering...there are more in the works and if there is something you don't see but know we do on the farm, let me know.  We can come up with something for you.

I am uncomfortable with asking for payment for things that I love to do and don't mind sharing. However, that doesn't pay the feed bill or pay for the giveaways that will be with each class.  I have, however, tried to make the fee as low as possible!

Class sizes are limited because my kitchen is small, and I'm anticipating that they will fill up.  I am asking for a small deposit to hold your spot in the class.

Without further ado...

Say Cheese!

Come join us on the homestead to find out how we take our yummy raw milk from Hershey and turn it into farmer’ cheese and mozzarella.  Class fee includes a complete cheese making kit to take home. ($20 value) Class size limited to 6.  $30
Saturday, May 16th 1:30-3:30
Thursday, May 28th 6:30-8:30

 In A Jam

Come and learn how to make fresh jam.   We will learn to make and preserve jam and enjoy taste testing.  We will provide all the seasonal ingredients, fresh made bread and samples. You will also go home with a jar of freshly made jam. $30 Class size limited to 6

Saturday, April 25 1:30-3:30
Tuesday, April 28th 6:30-8:30
Thursday, April 30th 6:30-8:30

Are you Chicken?

Backyard Chickens are now the “hip” thing to do.  Want to learn about chickens and what you need to get started?  Come on out to the farm and meet our flock. Ask questions and learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping.  Have fresh eggs right in your own yard! You’ll go home armed with knowledge and a book to help you on your way   $15

Rabbit, the new trendy white meat

Rabbit for dinner is becoming more and more popular.  Come explore our rabbitry and learn how easy it is to raise rabbit (even in an urban setting) for your own family.  We will learn the basics and  also some great recipes for “the other-other white meat” .

 Homegrown rabbit meat will be available for purchase.

OTHER Upcoming Classes:
  • Yogurt, Butter, and Ice Cream, OH My!
  • Soap making
  • Candle Making
  • Pizza Class (3 sessions:Making homemade, from scratch dough, making homemade pizza sauce, and finally making cheese)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our routine...bread day!

Just a quick peek into the ordinary of our life...

At least once a week...but usually twice (Monday and Thursday) I make bread.  
We don't buy bread from the store except for the occasional hot dog buns 
or pumpernickel rye-haven't figured that one out yet!)

Because we don't buy from the store, there are no preservatives (which is good) 
but it is ready for the chickens after day just doesn't last.

That makes me think of the bread that DOES last.
The bread that we must ALL have to have eternal life

It is fitting that today is called Maunday Thursday (or the Holy Thursday) and is considered the night that Jesus had His last supper with the disciples.  (Nissan 14).

John 6:48-51 NKJV  Emphasis mine
" I am the bread of life. 49/Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50/ This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51/ I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."

I am not an eloquent writer, nor am I a very good "preacher/teacher".  I wish I had the words that are in my heart that I want to convey here.

What does this say to you?  What it says to me is also in the words of Jesus.  The words I rely on and am so humbly thankful for..everyone, it seems, knows John 3:16

16/ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

But it's verses 17 and 18 that give me the blessed assurance..

17/ For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved  18/He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only 
begotten Son of God."

How awesome is that?!?

And so as I can smell the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread, 
I am reminded of the "Living Bread"