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Autumn's Wild Harvest
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Autumn's Wild Harvest

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Autumn's Wild Harvest: Backyard and wild foods preservation

The abundance of autumn is one of the greatest joys in homestead life. Whether you are growing this food yourself or harvesting wild foods, the fruits of a year's growth is well earned and most welcomed. Now it is time to think like a squirrel! Did you know that squirrels go so far as to dry mushrooms for winter storage? We humans have spent thousands of years perfecting recipes and methods for preserving most foods we consume throughout the winter months and through the following spring. If you have ever eaten canned blueberry jam or dried meats in February that you harvested months prior, you know how gratifying it truly is to prepare wild and wholesome foods for the eating later on. In this class we explore a few methods (both modern and traditional) for putting by the fall harvest.


Given that we cannot possibly cover the gamet of preservation methods in detail, we will give you the skills and confidence to replicate a handful of these processes. In this two day class we will gather and process various kinds of nuts, explore multiple ways to dry meat/plants/fruits, learn a few recipes for pickling and fermentation, and demystify hot water bath and pressure canning. Additionally, we will cover how to process all the different cuts of meat from a deer—which cuts become steak, sausage, canned meat, and broth.


This class is a collection of learnings from the past decade of studying wild foods and preservation. It is an ongoing study in the inspiration of healthy and enriched subsistence living. With a little shared wisdom passed down through the ages we too can take sustenance and nourishment into our own hands and revel in the memory of summer sunshine in the blueberry fields, while eating pie by the woodstove in a snowstorm.


Please bring a notebook and pen, knife, and a couple of mason jars—two pint and two quart. Additional items that would be helpful include digging knife/trowel, harvest basket, and camera.

Cost:  Early Bird ticket: $175     Regular Ticket: $225

HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money.  Work Trades are available. 

On site camping is available

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Students 12+ are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket 

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Tulip Poplar Baskets
10:00 AM10:00

Tulip Poplar Baskets

Tulip Poplar Berry Baskets (1 day):

This class is truly the delight of the season. As the tulip poplar flowers begin to swell and open, the sap starts to run in the tree, sending nutrients and water to the upper parts of the tree. In the process of doing so, its bark may be very easily peeled in large sections. This is the seasonal magic that allows this craft to exist. Making poplar baskets is one of the easiest, most accessible forms of basketry. This method requires no weaving, no curing or long soaking of material—we will go from bark on the tree to a finished basket in just a day. Please bring a sharp knife.

Cost: $75 

Location 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC 

Time: 10-4

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

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Trees on the Homestead:  Tree ID walk on 40 acres
10:00 AM10:00

Trees on the Homestead: Tree ID walk on 40 acres

Trees on the Homestead (1 day):

Trees Trees Trees! This class is an exploration of the many ways in which trees have woven themselves into the fabric of everyday life on the homestead over time. On this tree walk, we will spend time identifying trees by name, range, ecological niche, role in succession, and tracking the innumerable ways in which trees express their unique personalities. With a deeper look at what makes each tree unique, we will then apply this knowledge to human habitation.  

On this walk on 40 acres, we will explore the role of trees in food, fiber, fodder, soil enhancement, tracking water, tools of all varieties, and all the rest. This class can serve as either a beginners' course or an advanced course depending on the level of the students. Come one come all to the wondrous world of trees. 

Cost: $50

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

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