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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.  Stay tuned as more classes will be announced soon.  To register for classes, please complete the Registration Form below.  All classes will take place at Venetucci Farm – Venetucci Farm, 5210 S. Hwy 85, Colorado Springs, CO 80911 (Directions)

Current Classes:

“Chicken Butchering 101”
Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Cost: $10.00, limited to 20 people.
Sold Out – Please contact David Rudin for Wait List

Egg production among laying flocks starts to drop off dramatically after about 3 years. Some backyard flock owners may prefer to keep them around as pets and that’s okay as long as you can afford to feed them. If you’d like to learn the art of turning laying hens into stewing birds, join us for a butchering class. Participants will have “hands-on” experience as we cull the Venetucci flock. Everyone will go home with one pot-ready stew bird. Knives will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

“Raising Backyard Chickens”
Saturday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $25.00, (Adults and Children Ages 6 and up, accompanied by an adult)

Join Herbert Aparicio, aka the Animal Whisperer, to learn how to raise backyard chickens from baby chicks!  What to feed them, how to take care of them, if they need heat or not, what their coop should look like, what their pen should look like…and how big, how to handle the eggs, how to protect from predators, what to do with the poop, ideas for how to build your own chicken coop, or ideas for where to buy a pre-made chicken coop.  You can also order a custom built coop from Herbert.  For course specific questions contact Herbert at: mozote1968@aol.com.

“Gardening for Wildlife: Creating a Balanced Backyard Ecosystem”
Saturday, May 2nd, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $15.00, covers Instructor Fee
(Adults and Children Ages 6 and up, accompanied by an adult)

Join Becky Elder, from Pikes Peak Permaculture and Lead Gardener of Blue Planet Earthscapes, in considering nature first in our gardens and our home  landscapes.  This workshop will include:

  • Pollination hedges for bees and beneficial insects
  • Native Bee Houses
  • Forest gardening and food forests for people and bird life
    What works with nature and what works against Nature?  Come discover the answers and learn how to develop a balanced natural ecological system in your own landscape.

For course specific questions contact Becky at becky@blueplanetearthscapes.com.

“Learn To Make Goat Cheese”
Saturday, May 23rd, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $25.00, (Adults and Children Ages 6 and up, accompanied by an adult)

Join Lindsey Aparicio, aka The Goat Cheese Lady, to learn how simple it is to make Goat Cheese starting with fresh milk from Lindsey’s goats. You will leave the class knowing exactly what to do to make Goat Cheese at home, and better yet you will go home with a sample of the cheese you make in class…if you can avoid eating it before you get home!  For Course Specific Questions: Contact Lindsey at thegoatcheeselady@gmail.com

“Native Plant Hike:  Take a Walk on the Wild Side”
Saturday, June 13th, 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15.00, Limited to 20 people
(Adults and Children Ages 6 and up, accompanied by an adult)

Join native plant enthusiast, Linda Overlin, for a walk in the wild areas of both Venetucci Farm and Pinello Ranch on Saturday, June 13.  Explore the native riparian vegetation, snack on edible weeds and wildflowers, learn some of the ethnobotanical uses for the wild plants in our area, and understand the importance of this riparian corridor to the people and animals of the Pikes Peak region.  What to Bring:  Wear good walking shoes for rough ground, water, day pack, snacks, sunscreen, camera, dress for the weather. For Questions: Contact Linda Overlin: overlinl@earthlink.net

“Printmaking:  Inspired by Nature”
Saturday, June 13th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55.00, Covers Instructor Fee and Supplies
( Limited to 15 people – 16 and Older)

Printmaking is found on everything – from dresses to dressers! This class is designed for anyone with a desire to learn and create! Whether you are indulging in the arts for the first time or you are an avid art creator – you are welcome to attend. What’s most important is that you would like to try printmaking!  There are quite a number of ways to print – and a wide range of costs in doing so. This class will introduce you to affordable methods of printmaking. We will spend the initial part of class getting acquainted with materials and methods. From there, we will examine how even a complex subject found in nature can be made into a simple and beautiful design perfect for printmaking. Participants will create a finished piece of their own to take home.

What to Bring: Note that there is a distinct possibility you will be wearing some ink by the end of this class; please dress accordingly. Also – as you may want to walk around a bit for inspiration, please choose your shoes wisely.
Please also bring the following materials:

  • Pencil(s)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (if you have one)
  • X-Acto Knife (you’ll thank yourself for having one with a sharp/new blade).
  • Ruler (one with a metal edge works best)
  • Self-healing mat, or substitute with old magazines.

For questions, please contact Dawn Huston, dawnhuston.artist@gamil.com

For questions on registration and other class logistics please email David Rudin: drudin@ppcf.org.

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