BURBSTEADING QUARTERY COURSE
BURBSTEADING: LEARN BASIC PRINCIPLES TO DESIGN YOUR OWN SUBURBAN HOMESTEAD
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Thursday November 4th 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2825 8th Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76110
Pay-As-You-Go $25 per class
There are over 43 million acres of lawn in North America. That's 42,758,000 more acres than largest owner of American farmland, Bill Gates.
Combined, our own lawns are the fourth largest agricultural land holding in the US after ranching, corn and wheat industries and the Burbsteading Series at Elizabeth Anna's is a workshop designed to take you step-by-step as you create your own design your own homestead in the city. At the end of the workshop you will have a peer and instructor reviewed site design of your property, complete with plant lists, and a plan to implement your design and make it a reality.
In this 20-hour course you will learn the basic permaculture, natural farming, horticultural and market gardening principles that will help you develop a design plan to turn your suburban lot into a beautiful, functioning homestead, tailored to you (or your HOA's) specific needs and wants. IF YOU CANNOT MAKE ALL MONTHLY COURSES THEY CAN BE MADE UP THE NEXT QUARTER
Even if you have a small space, these principles can be scaled to work, whether you live in an apartment, HOA or have a larger suburban lot. Wherever you are, there are possibilities available so you can provide for some of your and your communities needs.
Burbsteading Fall Sessions are divided into three portions:
- Lecture (Brown bag dinner encouraged)
- Hands-on Project
- Q&A, recap and assignment for the next week
*Workbook and Binder for Handouts Included
~This class can be offered for mature 15-17 year-olds after interview and approval.~
Week 1) Overview on the class and Sense of place/Observation & Asset Inventory
Get to know your bio-region, and your neighbors. Discover your sense of place within your community.
Week 2) Permaculture 101
Learn the basic design principles and apply them to your situation whether you are in a condo or on acreage.
Week 3) Soils
Remediation techniques and inexpensive ways to build soil and keep soils clean. Waste management and simplifying steps. How to use EM-1 KNF to build life of the soil.
Co-taught with James Samudio
Week 4) Water
How to catch and store and purify water in your landscape, with ponds, rain gardens or cheap containers, cisterns or a water matrix.
Hands-On: Bokashi Balls and Moringa Filters
Week 5) Growing for Production in Small Spaces, Found or Borrowed.
Utilizing the cultivars work best in Texas, begin to plan for succession planting and four season harvests. Overview of a tiered system for apartments and condominiums and partnering with neighbors for their lawn usage for micro-pockets of food safety nets.
Week 6) Perennial Food Forests & Foraged & Adaptive Plants
Learn about wild food and medicinal plants and how to design a food forest that has a combination of calorie crops, nutrient dense foods, fruits, herbs, perennial vegetables, etc.. Hand-outs: Fruit Every Month in DFW
Co-taught with Michelle Gardiner
Week 7) Herbal Gardens
What to stock, how to use what you stock and how to treat illnesses and injuries with simple grocery store items, foraged plants, and herbs.
Make-N-Take: Comfrey Salve
Week 8) Urban Animal Husbandry
Goats, insects, poultry, aquaponics … How to decide which animals you should raise and how to grow part or all of their feed. Handout of shelters, feed, recipes and fodder plant lists.
Week 9) Appropriate Technology
Learn about low-tech and no-tech ways to meet some of our needs. Hands-On: Make a simple solar and rocket oven.
Week 10) Seed Saving, Preserving Harvests
Learn when to save seeds and how to store them for the next season.
Learn how to preserve harvests inground as living cellars. Overview of canning, dehydrating and fermenting.
Week 11) Propagation of the Bland and Unusual
How to make “free” plants by seed, division, cuttings, air rooting and layering. (Optional Grocery Store Gardening Field Trip to Central Market)
Week 12) Putting it all together
Using online maps, draft a design of your property/location and learn how to keep good records to create a seasonal rhythm of your work on your Burbstead.
*There will two additional online sessions (TBD) which will be given as a webinar where you can upload your design plan for discussion and feedback from fellow students and instructor critiques. We will not meet on the the last Thursday of the month of November because of the Thanksgiving holiday. This workshop is repeated quarterly and any classes that are missed can be made up during the next session.
>>>Class is limited to 10 students<<<
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Kirsten is the owner of Good Tilth Farm and Nursery and Lorica Tea. She is a certified permaculture designer from the Australia Institute of Permaculture. In 2009 she hosted Fort Worth's first PDC course. Since then she has and been working in the urban agriculture industry, teaching at schools and as a designer and a market gardener. Her roles at Elizabeth Ann's have ranged from greenhouse management, designer and in education and outreach.