By Miriam Raftery
July 6, 2019 (Alpine) – The San Diego County Library in Alpine is offering a fresh crop of free “modern homesteading” classes where you can learn how to raise and grow your own foods. The offerings include cheesemaking, beekeeping, vermicomposting, tilapia farming, backyard chickens, home farming and edible landscaping.
Below are full details:
Cheesemaking: Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 PM
Join Sadie Rose, a blue-ribbon cheesemaker who creates cheese for top local chefs to learn how to make basic cheeses, what makes good cheese so great, where to buy it, how to eat it.
Beekeeping: Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 PM
Local expert Richard Edwords will introduce the basics of backyard beekeeping, from choosing a hive to harvesting honey. Children are welcome.
Vermicomposting: Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 PM
Put the worms to work for you! Learn how you can turn food scraps into compost to feed for your garden.
Backyard Tilapia Farming: Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 PM
Have you ever considered raising fingerling tilapia fish in your backyard? All you need is a 55 gallon food-grade barrel and a few supplies. In eight months, you can have up to 15 pounds of tilapia to harvest.
Backyard Chickens: Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 PM
Never buy eggs again! Chicken guru Richard Edwordsexplains the ins and outs of raising your own chickens in your backyard.
Home Farming: Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 PM
Always wanted to be a farmer but weren’t sure where to start? This workshop will sample many different topics, such as composting, water capture, vermicomposting, chickens/ducks, tilapia, gardening, and more.
Edible Landscaping: Saturday August 24 at 2:00 PM
Decorate your yard with trees, plants, herbs and flowers to eat. It’s a great way to use landscape designs to create beautiful living spaces, with plants that do double duty.
For information on these classes, visit the Friends of The Alpine Library website at http://www.alpinelibraryfriends.org/alpine-library/.