Homesteading Variety Package | Farm Folk Weekend

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Homesteading Variety Package | Farm Folk Weekend


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INSTRUCTORS: The McDowell Farm School Staff

($75 tuition + $71 - $291 lodging & meals package of choice)
The Homesteading Variety Package gives participants access to all Minor Classes taking place during Farm Folk Weekend.

What is a minor class? A minor class an hour to two hour long session where students will be able to learn one of the various skills The McDowell Farm School Instructors will be teaching over the course of Farm Folk Weekend. Classes include
 Soap making, Cheese Making, Farm Care, Preserving, and Homestead Garden.

Soap Making

Join Farmer Annaliese in natural soap making using farm products such as whey, lard, and herbs. We'll get creative in how we color, flavor, and combine our soap to make a unique product that you'll get to take home with you to show off to family and friends!

Cheese Making

Ever wondered how to make chevre? One of many types of cheese, chevre is great for those who are just beginning their journey into cheesemaking. Using milk right from our farm, you will go through the process of heating, cutting, draining, and finishing goat cheese with Farmer Carol Ann.

Farm Care

Itching to see the farm animals? Come help Farmer James take care of the animals while learning a bit more about them. We have chickens, pigs, goats, and rabbits living in a range of habitat suited for their needs (and entertainment).


Interested in eating farm fruit and vegetables all year round? Join Farmer Carol Ann for a step by step food preservation class using what's growing on the farm this season. Canning is easy, fun, and will give you access to veggies all year round. You'll get to take some home with you too!

Homestead Gardening

With Farmer James! Learn everything from seasonal produce, to making your own compost. Maybe even take home your own worm bin starting kit!

Instructor Biography's

Carol Ann Head graduated Sewanee with a degree in biochemistry which she has put to great use at McDowell Farm School. Carol Ann understands the science behind food techniques, and is passionate about demonstrating and teaching those ideas to others. She is looking forward to showing people preservation and cheese making skills that they can easily replicate at home to have access to delicious veggies and dairy all year long!

James Walawender has been the farm manager at Camp McDowell now for over a year, but his previous experience running farms all across the country has helped him bolster sustainable practices for MFS too. James is passionate about integrated farm systems where the animals and plants are often interacting and helping each other grow. He is always discussing the world of raising goats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens with staff and guests to the farm! Though growing plants is often more subtle, James is fascinated with the intricacies of soil development and gardening.  

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