Educational Opportunities

John loves to teach eager students of all ages, and has been doing so for over 40 years!  There are classes available on a host of subjects.  Some classes are taught at the farm, some on local area trails, others in classroom facilities at a local tech college or public school.  Some classes are sponsored, some are privately funded, and some are free.  Some are taught on an annual schedule, others whenever there is enough demand.

John is often invited to speak to various group gatherings, retreats, conventions, workshops, school assemblies, campus student groups, summer camps, and youth organizations.

The following classes are offered at various times:

  • Shepherdology – Biblical parallels between shepherding and pastoral ministry
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Organic Gardening
  • Hoophouse Construction
  • Fruit Tree Pruning Basics
  • Pastured Poultry Production
  • Beekeeping – Biological & Natural Methods
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Wild Edibles Treks
  • Solar Cookers
  • Rocket Stove Basics
  • Tire Recycling Projects
  • Earthquake Forecasting

Wild Edibles treks have become very popular.  We offer these treks several times a year, generally from May through September, and have now seen more than 1,000 people participate over the years.

Educational farm tours may also be scheduled for small to large groups.  We can gear the tour to the age or experience level of your group.  Tours typically last 90 minutes minimum, but half-day seminars are also available.

There are occasionally apprenticeships available for those who may wish to obtain specialized training in homesteading skills or learn the various aspects of the day-to-day operations on a CSA farm. There are also volunteering opportunities and working shares that provide hands-on learning and skills development related to organic agriculture.

If you are interested in any of these educational opportunities, please contact us for more information, costs, or scheduling.