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Posted on: November 4, 2022

Extension to Offer Homesteading Workshop in 2023

eggs, flour, milk and other farm foods

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – With individuals striving for a more self-reliant lifestyle, NC Cooperative Extension offers valuable resources to help you do just that. This workshop is designed for homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between. 

“Homesteading:  Backyard Basics” is being presented by NC Cooperative Extension on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics include backyard chickens and livestock, beekeeping basics, edible landscaping, food preservation, specialty crops, composting, and ways to extend the growing season. Registration is $40 per person, which includes lunch and all session materials. The online registration deadline is January 13. 

Participants will have the opportunity to register in advance for two morning sessions and one afternoon session. All sessions will be held at the Citizens Resource Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., in Dallas. Instructors include a variety of Extension staff with expertise in agriculture, horticulture, and food preservation, including: Burton Beasley, Tom Dyson, Payton Flowers, Craig Mauney, Linda Minges, Lara Worden, and Mary Yavelak. 

“Know-how related to gardening, meat production, and food preservation are essential to having a sustainable food supply,” said Worden, the program coordinator and instructor. “This workshop offers a variety of Extension experts and resources to help individuals expand their homesteading skills.”

For more information, email Lara Worden, with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, or call 704-922-2118. The registration deadline is January 13. No refunds are provided except when a class is canceled or full. Inclement weather make-up date is January 28.


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