Presentations, Classes and Workshops

Our intent is to share our experiences in living a self-reliant lifestyle in hopes of attracting others to participate in a mutually beneficial self reliant community.  We have been learning how to take care of themselves independently of the current infrastructure for 10 years and producing most of their necessities for 5 years.  Any group, organization or even individual who is interested in the following subjects or is interested in the answers to the following questions should consider hosting a project presentation by Billy and Anuttama:

  • What does it take to produce our own necessities in terms of time, land, knowledge and commitment?
    • Making best use of available water, land, time and other resources
    • Growing the most food with the least work
    • Creating microclimates to extend the growing season
    • Keeping honey bees and attracting mason bees
    • Foraging for wild edibles
    • Preserving the harvest
    • Saving seeds
    • Composting
    • Integrating animal people such as cows, chickens and dogs into a self-reliant farmstead while maintaining respect for their wants and needs
    • Using ingenuity to solve problems such as making a seed incubator out of repurposed materials
    • Alternative building techniques including timber frame/cordwood construction
  • What medicine is available through nature, growing in our area?
    • How to identify wild, medicinal plants
    • How to make medicines from medicinal plants
    • Success and failure experiences with medicinal plants
  • What is the spiritual aspect of a self reliant lifestyle?
    • How living close to the Earth helps develop a relationship with her
    • How simple living makes the mind more peaceful and able to understand and appreciate the grand design
    • Our own spiritual journeys and the difference between spirituality and religion
  • Is living a self reliant lifestyle boring, or does it make you happy?

cropped-makani-003We also offer a variety of classes for people who are interested in different aspects of local living.  Please e-mail or call: (360) 496-0058 if you are interested in a class in any of the subjects offered.

Cheese Making/Home Dairying

Our cow, Kalindi, is giving about 2 gallons of milk per day (almost 2 years after having her calf) which means I’m primarily making mozzarella when I have extra milk.  Anyone who is interested in learning how to make cheese is welcome to come on a cheese day and assist me.  Suitable trades may be waived in lieu of the class fee of $25.  I also teach how to do other home dairying such as making yogurt or kefir, butter, panir (curd) and other cheeses.

Vegetarian Cooking

If you are interested in learning how to turn the bounty of your garden into delicious, satisfying meals, consider attending our cooking classes.   Rather than learn recipes, we usually focus on how various ingredients can be prepared to bring out the individual qualities of the ingredient.  Most ingredients used are things that grow easily in our climate.  Classes are held at our farm, 151 Anderson Rd., Glenoma, WA.   Call or e-mail for more information. 

Gardening

Billy and I have been studying growing food intensely since 2007 and are ready to share what we’ve learned.  We will offer small classes throughout the growing season that are appropriate for the time of year.  For instance:

  • Site selection and preparation for your food garden.  This is actually one of the most important factors determining whether you will be successful in being able to grow food.
  • How to make homemade fertilizer using what is available at your property/neighborhood.
  • How to create micro-climates within your garden that can extend the growing season and enable you to grow plants that might not otherwise thrive in our cool PNW climate.  This includes how to make a large hoop house 10′ x 24′ for less than $200, cold frames for under $10, and other ideas that can be made using recycled/free materials.
  • Alternatives to traditional garden plots including huegel beds, raised beds, container gardens and companion planting.
  • How to select varieties plants that will be delicious, nutritious and easy to preserve.
  • How to use natural methods to control weeds, disease and pests
  • How to garden with the intent of saving seeds that will be increasingly appropriate for your unique situation.
  • How to grow, harvest and process grains for your own use.
  • How to cook and preserve what you have grown.

Woodworking

Billy is a very accomplished wood turner and has had his work sold in galleries and gift shops throughout Hawaii.  He is able to teach a small number of students how to turn wood.  He is also available to teach many other kinds of wood working including framing, furniture making, strip plank boat making, finish carpentry and more.  Please e-mail or call for more information.


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