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Homestead Farming Course

Welcome to Sweetwater Lane Farm, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Pemberton, British Columbia on the unceded territory of the Squamish Lilwat nation. Are you ready to embark on a journey back to the roots of sustainable living? Our private one-day homesteading course offers you the opportunity to delve deep into the practices of self-sufficiency and land stewardship. 

Gus and Jocelyn  embarked on their sustainability journey in 2009 and have become self taught experts in the unique management style of Sweetwater Lane Farm . This immersive experience will introduce you to the knowledge and skills you can draw upon to thrive in your own homesteading endeavors. Below is an example of a full day course. Its not exhaustive but gives you a sense of what we will cover. We also try to tailor each day to suit our guests and their particular curiosity. 

Course Overview:

Choosing Your Land:

Discover the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect piece of land for your homestead. From soil quality to microclimates, learn how to assess and choose the ideal location to cultivate your dreams.

Rotational Grazing for Pasture Health:

Explore the principles of rotational grazing and its profound impact on pasture health and sustainability. Gain hands-on experience in managing poultry and cattle to optimize land use and promote ecological balance.

Permaculture Gardening Practices:

Unlock the secrets of permaculture gardening and design systems that mimic natural ecosystems. From building resilient soil to planting practices, acquire techniques to create abundant and resilient gardens in your specific climate.

Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes:

Delve into the world of orchard management and berry cultivation. Learn how to select, plant, and care for fruit trees and berry bushes, ensuring a bountiful harvest for years to come.

Irrigation and the Importance of Water:

Understand the vital role of water in sustainable agriculture and homesteading. Explore efficient irrigation methods and water conservation strategies to maximize productivity while minimizing environmental impact.

Milk Cows:

Discover the joys and responsibilities of keeping milk cows on your homestead. From breed selection to daily care routines, gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully integrate dairy animals into your self-sufficient lifestyle.

Food Storage and Preservation:

Learn about the art of food preservation and storage techniques to enjoy the abundance of your harvest year-round. From canning to fermenting, learn how to safely preserve the bounty of the season.

Sign up for the Course today:

Ready to take the first step towards your homesteading journey? Simply add on our private one-day course when booking a stay at The Cabin at Sweetwater or contact us for more info. Whether you're a seasoned homesteader or just beginning your adventure, there's something for everyone to learn and discover. Book your spot now and start cultivating your dreams of self-sufficiency!

Homestead Course Highlights