Home garden with vegetables and flowers

Register for one or more in this series for home-scale self-sufficiency projects.

2024 Homesteading for Everyone Series

General Description:

Expand your skill set this year during Extension’s new Homesteading for Everyone workshop series. From March through the end of the year, we’ll focus on home-scale projects that can be incorporated in a backyard in a village or an acre in the woods.

The Homestead workshop series is dedicated to sharing timely information in a hands-on, accessible format, including support materials for participants to use at home. From gardening and raising poultry to preserving food and harnessing energy, let’s celebrate self-sufficiency while building community!

Participants can register for as many workshops as they like in the Homestead series, each of which requires a separate registration. Class size is capped to allow for hands-on opportunities. Payment must be received before the start of each workshop.

Workshop Topics & Dates:

(Note: Details will be added on a rolling basis)

  • Grafting Apple Trees with St. Lawrence Nurseries on March 16, 2024 10a-1p, for registration click here
  • Pruning Apple Trees with Joel Howie on March 30, 2024 1-3p, for registration click here
  • Starting Seeds on April 3, 2024 6-8p, for registration click here
  • Homestead Open House May 11, 2024, 10a-12:30p, free, no registration needed
  • Irrigation in the Home Garden on May 23, 2024 6-7:30p,registration TBD
  • Managing Wildlife in the Garden on June 5, 2024 6-7:30p, for registration click here
  • Root Cellaring on July __, 2024, registration TBD
  • Composting on July 31, 2024, registration TBD
  • Canning Demo Tour on August 1-3, 2024, free, no registration needed
  • Fall Garden Activities on September 11, 2024, registration TBD
  • Hoop Structure for Meat Poultry Demonstration, registration TBD
  • Poultry Processing on October 5, 2024, registration TBD
  • Pressure Canning Chicken on October 25, 2024, registration TBD
  • Harnessing and Conserving Energy on the Home Scale on November __, 2024, registration TBD
  • Homesteader Social on December __, 2024, registration TBD
  • Winter Sowing Native Plants on January __, 2025, registration TBD
  • Garden Planning and Ordering Seeds on January __, 2025, registration TBD
  • Raised Bed and Square Foot Gardening on January __, 2025, registration TBD

Homestead Workshop Instructors

Workshop instructors include seasoned farmers, Extension staff, and Master Gardener volunteers and Master Food Preserver volunteers all of whom are eager to spread their knowledge to empower others in the North Country to be more self-sufficient. The Learning Farm is the ideal place to congregate with others interested in these topics and become empowered with new information and skills.


Registration fee is on a sliding scale from $10-$40 for each workshop, and participants choose the amount they can afford.

For more information about the workshops contact Local Foods Program Leader M. Flip Filippi at mpf65@cornell.edu or 315-379-9192 ext. 229, or Community Horticulture Educator Erica LaFountain at 315-379-9192, ext. 240 or ENL2@cornell.edu.


Maria 'Flip' Filippi
Local Foods Program Leader & Harvest Kitchen Manager
315-379-9192 ext 229

Last updated April 22, 2024