The Homesteader's Annual: Online Course and Community
Smallholding, homesteading, the good life, living off the land, crofting...whatever you call it...so many of us feel a deep pull to "get back to the land" and start growing your own food.
The Gartur Stitch Farm School is a community of people who want to roll up their sleeves and get hands on with their lives. Together we are learning traditional skills that fit with modern lives to build a life in the making and turn our households into units of production, rather than units of consumption.
Seven years ago, we rocked up to this corner of the world armed with an armful of books, some suburban gardening experience and a lot of hope and enthusiasm for what we could achieve. A lot work and many many tears later, we now are about as close to self sufficient as we can be in our wet climate. We made (and continue to make) so many mistakes, but we have learned so much and gained so many valuable skills along the way.
The Homesteader's Annual is the culmination of that knowledge. This bundle of courses walk you through the various elements of smallholding and homesteading - from keeping poultry, growing a garden, seasonal living and all the way through to making your own cheese, soap and putting up food for winter. The course includes 10 online courses, 4 seasonal farm tours and an online community to support you in making your homesteading dreams come true.
The course bundle includes:
- Online Courses
- Instant Access from 7th September:
- Introduction to Poultry Keeping
- Everyday Cheesemaking
- Introduction to Fermentation
- Introduction to Canning and Preserving
- Smallholding Living: Autumn/ Winter (starts 15th September)
- Intro to Beekeeping: Part One (starts 1st October)
- Soap Making (starts November 1st)
- Keeping a Milking Animal (starts January 7th)
- The Homestead Garden (starts March 1st)
- The Soil Manual - Everything you need to know about regenerating soil, manure and compost to grow food. (Starts July 15th)
- Seasonal Online Farm Tours - Late Summer/Winter/Early Spring/ Early Summer
- Monthly recipes, how tos and tutorials that fit within our season here at Gartur.
The courses are hosted on Mighty Networks - a comprehensive platform that allows us to host the community, live sessions and online courses all in one space. You will be sent login details via email by the 7th of September.
This listing is for the full price course. You can also buy a monthly membership to the community here.
***The first 10 people that sign up get a welcome pack that includes our newly designed The Wild Kitchen book, a set of forager's greeting cards, a gartur stitch farm mug and a Gartur Stitch Farm foraging bag.***
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who has dreamed of wandering out back with a basket and collecting their dinner or opening their fridge filled with their own milks and cheeses or having their shelves stocked with preserved harvests.
Its for people who want to turn their households into units of production, rather than consumption and want to live deeply in tune with the seasons.
It is for people who are curious about how other folks live and want a right ol' nosey into the lives of a family who are homesteading on the edge of the Highlands.
Do I need to live on a homestead/smallholding?
Not at all. Smallholding is a mentality and many of the skills you learn through our courses are applicable wherever you find yourself. It's also a great educational opportunity to see how other people live. Our courses offer you a real glimpse into our lives as small farmers - nothing airbrushed or idealised. There will be mess, dogs barking, children everywhere...and a lot of poo!!
Who is leading the course?
Most of the courses will be led by Kat and Kevin. However, we are lucky to be able to pull in a cast of extremely skilled neighbours, friends and staff for input.
Lauren Lochrie, owner of Herbal Homestead and the farm's Permaculture Consultant, will input on gardening and growing your own food.
Jim Riach of Trossachs Biking and Bushcraft and master beekeeper, will be leading our Beekeeping course and content.
Do I need to be in the UK?
No. Though at times we will speak to specifics of the Scottish climate, landscape and legal system around agriculture, everything else should be applicable wherever you are.
Do you offer a payment plan?
For every 10 places sold we will also offer a free space to people from marginalised communities.
How Long Will I Have Access to the Courses?
You will have access to the individual online courses for life.
I already own some of these courses, do I need to pay for them again?
If you are interested in the Homesteader's Annual, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will create a discount code for the value of previous eligible purchases. Eligible purchases are: Intro to Poultry Keeping, Intro to Cheesemaking, Intro to Fermentation and Intro to Canning and Preservation.