Living Close to Home

Gardening, Farming, Nutrition, and Sustainability Classes For Adults and  Families
Presented by Venetucci Farm.

Interested in a more sustainable lifestyle? Join us for a full slate of classes, including Making Goat Cheese, Canning, Raising Honeybees and  Raising Backyard Chickens.  All classes will take place at Venetucci Farm – Venetucci Farm, 5210 S. Hwy 85, Colorado Springs, CO 80911 (Directions)

2016 Class Schedule

Register Below


Fermented Foods Class
Saturday, August 20th – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Cost:  $35.00

Come and spend an afternoon with Mara King and Willow King of Ozuké, a fine fermented foods company hailing from Boulder, Colorado.  Mara and Willow will teach you the basics of counter-top fermentation. Last year the class tackled a few classics – sauerkraut, a brined dill pickle and either pickled peppers.  This year’s class projects will be dependent upon what’s available at the time of the class.

We will go over safety, flavor and technique to help you get started on making these fine foods for yourself at home.  Bring 3 pint sized ball jars and you will be able to bring home some pickle “babies” to finish fermenting at home!

Introduction to Beekeeping
Saturday Sept 24th, 10:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00, covers instructor fee
(20 participant maximum; Adults and Children Ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult)

Join us for our annual  Introduction to Beekeeping class  Saturday, Sept 24, 10:00-12:30 We are fortunate to have veteran beekeeper Dann Purvis teach the class again this year. Dann will cover the following basics and delve into more complex topics as well.

During the class he’ll explore questions such as:
–How does a hive work?
–Where’s the best place to put one?
–What if we have bears?
–How do I keep from getting stung?
–What equipment would I need?
–Where do I get the stuff (equipment)?
–How much does it cost?
–How hard is this?
–Can I do this in town?
–What is a yearly work schedule?
–How do you get the honey (extraction)
–What are some good resources?
–Do I really want to do this?

In addition to these basic questions, Dann will go into more depth on topics based on class participants’ interest, as time allows.

For Questions: Email Dann Purvis:

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Cancellation Policy:  Venetucci Farm does not offer refunds for Living Close to Home classes.