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Homegrown lifestyle meeting series set

By Staff | Feb 28, 2013

FORT DODGE – Iowa State University Extension Region 7 is offering a 12-part Homegrown Lifestyle series, beginning March 14 and ending May 30.

The meetings are designed for those who want to reconnect with the land, grow food for their own use, and create a sustainable landscape.

Homegrown Lifestyle will be offered in the ISUE Region 7 area locations beginning from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday. Region 7 includes the counties of Hamilton, Humboldt Webster and Wright.

The locations will be rotated between the four Extension offices in Fort Dodge, Webster City, Humboldt and Clarion.

The 12-week spring short course is for people living on a large lot or small acreage who are interested in producing food for their own use in a way that sustains their natural environment.

The webinar portion of each session will be taught by Extension educators with expertise in the topics. They will bring the science of getting started to the class.

Each session also will include locally organized activities for a hands-on experience.

Increasing interest in eating locally has some folks wondering if they could grow their own food,” said Yvonne McCormick, an ISU Extension horticulturist. “The Homegrown Lifestyle course combines basic information on a wide range of topics with practical application, local tours and workshops for a complete educational experience.”

Topics covered during the course include edible landscape design, soil and water conservation, growing and preserving vegetables, fruits and wild crops; backyard poultry, beekeeping, grazing and ruminants, and wildlife management.

The series is not a farm business planning class for commercial growers. Homegrown Lifestyle focuses on fundamental, scale-appropriate food production techniques and conservation strategies that smallholders and modern homesteaders can quickly put to use.

The registration deadline is Thursday to receive a reduced registration fee of $149. Thereafter the registration fee is $179. The fee includes a comprehensive resource guide of publications that support the content of the webinars and workshops.

Register online at www.homegrownlifestyle.org. Registrations must be completed by Thursday.

For more information about Homegrown Lifestyle visit www.homegrownlifestyle.org, or contact local coordinator at yvonne@iastate.edu.

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