Wild Abundance is taking applications for its Living Skills program for 2013 which can be attended for one or two consecutive years. It teaches self-sufficiency and offers the Applied Homesteading Essentials certificate for 160 hours.
Classes start the weekend of March 1, 2013 for 3 days and end in November. See the website for details on all the 2013 scheduled dates and information on the teachers’ experience. Most of the classes are 3 day weekends once a month with some field trips.
Subjects for 2013 are:
- March–gifts from trees including maple sugaring, permaculture, fire and blades, fruit tree maintenance, and holistic forestry
- April–feeding ourselves with permaculture, homestead design, choosing seeds, and growing food
- May–survival with fire, water, shelter, and primitive trapping
- June–Gathering the Skills with optional Firefly Gathering
- July–equipping ourselves with handmade functional footwear and dyeing and felting bags or camo quivers
- August– building skills with permaculture and homestead tour, off-grid systems, natural building workshop
- September–food preservation and primitive pottery
- October– native and primitive building with old-timey tools
- November– taking our gifts into the world
In 2014, topics will include knives, garden planning and prepping, communication skills, fruit tree pruning, nutrition, soil preparation, seed starting, mushrooms, composting, spoon carving, wild foods and medicines, shelters and knots, botany, wild foods cooking, safe wild water, primitive building, flint-knapping, tools, fire-making, natural building, seed saving, soil enrichment, canning, landscape water, berry and tree planting, tree felling, bone tool making, humane slaughtering and butchering, and the optional Firefly Gathering.
Cost is $1400. The website application page says there are partial work-trades available, but the full work-trades are filled. The apprenticeships through August 2013 are also filled, but there are still apprenticeships for August through November 2013, March through June 2014, and March through November 2014. The location is Chinquapin Hill in Barnardsville, North Carolina.
The program teaches “the skills integral to living an earth based life. You will leave the course with a greater understanding of how to provide for the basic needs of you and your friends and family.” Applications must be mailed in and an interview will be scheduled to be sure the program is a good fit for the applicant. View the website or email WildAbundanceNC@gmail.com, phone 828.775.7052.