Extension kicks off urban homesteading program
Recently, specialists in the Greene County Extension Center kicked off a new regional effort called: Urban Homesteading of Southwest Missouri.
Specialists are scheduling programs and workshops that fit this theme and hope to build a network that can be communicated with about future classes according to David Burton, civic communication specialist with MU Extension and county program director for Greene County.
"One of our elected council members mentioned several months ago that we needed to be offered more classes geared toward home economics or sustainable living," said Burton. "This program is a result of that council member's suggestion."
Future educational programs will focus on various aspects of urban (and suburban) homesteading. For example, upcoming programs will address topics like pesticide certification, beginning lawn and garden education, gifts from the kitchen, food preservation, raising poultry in the backyard, energy savings at home, rural versus suburban land use, as well as other things that go in to making your urban (or suburban) home more sustainable.
Unlike other MU Extension programs, there are no volunteer requirements for program attendees. However, class participants are encouraged to become 4-H project volunteers as a way to learn even more about a topic and expand the local knowledge base.
"We know from experience that teaching others about a subject is a great way to learn more about it," said Burton. "Even a beginning sewer can benefit from leading and teaching a 4-H sewing project for children, for example."
Check out our new information link about Urban Homesteading of Southwest Missouri online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.