Next Hands-On Learning Day & Updates

These Light Footsteps

Next Hands-On Learning Day: Saturday, May 23.

Come anytime after 11 AM.  Potluck at 5:30.  Bonfire to follow!! Free camping if desired! Bring drums, musical instruments, questions, enthusiasm, and your free-spirit!!

Now for what we’ve been up to and what you may find to help with….

With this being our first official spring on the homestead, we’ve been working long hours trying to get Phase 1 of our plans in place.

This year, we hope to have our educational medicine wheel garden up and fully functional, add 2500 sq. ft. of keyhole market garden space, and start our first area of food forest.

Progress with the medicine wheel garden... Progress with the medicine wheel garden…

Making progress on the keyhole gardens... Making progress on the keyhole gardens…

We’ve also added chickens and bees to the farm.  A few new barnyard creatures should be arriving this week.


IMG_1643Ideally, we’ll also be putting in a greenhouse or hoophouse this season.

Why, you ask?


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The Bee Bus Arrived!

These Light Footsteps

Mr. LF and I have planned to add bees to our homestead for quite some time.  In our permaculture design, bees are an important part of how our plants will be pollinated, and we use a lot of raw honey in our herbal medicines.  Bees have always been a must-have!

We are happy to announce that they recently arrived and we are now beekeepers!

Mr. LF went to a local garden store where he previously took a beekeeping class and picked up the Bee Bus.


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A DIY Tree Grafting Handout

This is a great primer on grafting. We hope to be hosting a similar workshop in the not too distant future.

Autonomy Acres

So this is a handout I just put together for a few grafting workshops I will be teaching in the upcoming weeks!  I am pretty excited to be sharing some awesome homesteading skills with people who want to learn how to graft trees!  If any of you want to use this handout in a workshop you are a part of or know somebody who might be interested in this, please share far and wide, and feel free to leave comments and thoughts below.  Peace & Cheers

Why We Graft

Spring_Farm_Work_--_GraftingFruit tree cultivation has been a part of human history for thousands of years.  Since before records, farmers and gardeners across the globe have traditionally incorporated fruit trees into their landscapes.


Occasionally some of these fruit trees have displayed characteristics or flavors that were sought after or defined the benchmarks of what makes a great fruit.  These trees, the ones…

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May 16-17, Wilderness First Aid

Trillium Center

We are so excited to have Dave Pike back to teach a Wilderness First Aid class at the Trillium Center. This year, Charles Schiavone will be a co-trainer. You will also be excited to learn that the Trillium Center will offer an Herbal First Aid course to participants later in the year!

Here are the details for the May training:
(Registration information is at the bottom, you must register to participate).

Wilderness First Aid
Join us on May 16-17 is a hands-on course that prepares you to avoid, prevent or cope with medical issues in wilderness environments. This is a 16-hour class over two days including the following topics:

Day One
1: Introduction, Preparation and Assessment of the Problem
2: Preventing and Caring for Injuries (All Types)

Day Two
1: Problems with Weather and Environment
2: Bites, Bugs and Plant Poisons
3: Medical Problems
4: Conclusion, Exam & Performance Evaluations

Total cost: $80

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