One of our priorities here at Serendipity Farm is to share what we have learned with others who want to raise their own food.
We offer tours at no charge and have also put together a few hands on classes and workshops to help others get started. Our classes are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 6:30pm to 8pm, May through August. Our processing workshops are 5-6 hour hands-on events held on Sundays. Come out and meet your farmer!
Homesteading Overview – $10 per person
Interested in having a homestead farm? Come see what it is about and what it takes. How much land do you need? How do you pick animals? How can you be the most efficient in time and costs? What are the challenges to be aware of? What structures are needed? Our farm is a great case study of starting with a blank slate and filling it in.
Free Range Farming – $10 per person
So you want to raise animals out on pasture. Learn how to create an environment maximizing an animals freedom while keeping danger from predators to a minimum. See working examples of mobile shelters, feed and watering systems for chickens, pigs and llamas. We’ll also look at night time and daytime “security” systems.
Raising Chickens – $10 per person
Interested in raising your own chickens for delicious fresh eggs? This class will answer your questions so you can get started. What kinds of chickens are best? What kind of coop do you need? How do you care for them? What do you feed them? What about predators? We have a diverse flock of chickens and chicks with three separate housing alternatives to look at when we talk about all of this.
Butchering Chickens – $20 per person
How do you harvest and butcher a chicken? Our “hands on” chicken processing workshop will take you through all the steps from catching a chicken to putting it into the freezer. For an added $25, you can take the chicken you harvested home with you.
Raising Hogs – $10 per person
So you want to be a pig farmer? How do you select a breed of hog? What kind of shelter does a hog need? What do you feed a hog? Do all hogs need mud (and why)? How to get a hog to work for you. How to get a 600 lb hog from point A to point B. How do you get a 250 lb pig into your freezer? Come meet our pigs and see how fun it is to raise one.
Bread Making – $25 per person
There is nothing like the smell of bread baking in the oven. In this hands on class in our kitchen , you’ll learn to prepare the dough for different types of breads and go home with a handful of recipes and some dough ready to bake.
Curing Pork and Making Lard – $45 per person
Learn to cure your own meats just as easily as marinating. You will learn how to make a cure mix and we’ll send you home with a small ham to cure. You’ll also learn a simple way to make perfect lard for your baking and you will get to take some fat home to make your own lard!