Modern Homesteading Series
Whether you live in the third story of an apartment or on a 10-acre plot of land, homesteading skills can help bring you and your family closer to the food you eat. Collecting eggs, tending the garden, canning, drying herbs - all these things and so much more can help you in your everyday life to become more connected to your food, family, and community.
In 2023, we will offer monthly programs related to modern homesteading. Come to one, come to a few, attend them all - there's something for everyone in this series!
2023 Modern Homesteading Program Schedule
The following programs have been scheduled for the 2023 season. The series is free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the Jackson County Extension office at 402 Ava Rd. in Murphysboro, IL.
- Introduction to Modern Homesteading - January 12
- Fruit Trees and Small Fruits for the Home Grower - January 24
- Goats and Sheep - February 16
- Backyard Poultry - March 9
- Composting - March 28
- Organic Gardening; Weeds, Pests, and Disease Problems - April 6
- Growing Pumpkins - April 20
- Seed Saving - May 9
- Live Animal Demo-Body Conditioning - May 11
- Tools for the Homestead - June 6
- Growing Flowers and Herbs - June 15
- Weathering the Storm - June 22
- Canning - July 11
- Common Noxious Weed Identification - August 1
- Harvest Dinner - September 21
- Bee Keeping- Leedle Bees - October 24
Save The Date
Additional topics will be covered, with the exact date to be determined.
- Navigating the Farmers Market and Talking to Famers - July
- Soap Making - July (special time - 4-7 p.m.)
- Gardening with Cover Crops - August
- Fall Gardening/Seed Starting - August
- Regenerative Grazing - September
- Sour Dough - October
- Milk Cows and Goats 101 - November
- Animal Care - TBD