Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
Teddi Irwin sent us this great update of a Homesteading Education Month event held at IN A GOOD WAY, a training farm established to use therapeutic methods of farming to improve the lives of Native American men.
IN A GOOD WAY farm is located in Talihina, Okla. The 160-acre nonprofit training farm, which was established to give Native American men a second chance, held their first annual Homesteading Education Month Event with an estimated 200 people in attendance. Visitors not only enjoyed the displays, demonstrations and hands-on workshops, but enjoyed watching them during the light rain that fell during the day’s event. After two years of drought, rain is a blessing to the farmers of Oklahoma.
Demonstrations and workshops offered were: building an 18-by-60-foot hoop house by Leon's Green Houses and the Noble Foundation, a one step process of laying raised beds, irrigation line and covering with plastic mulch by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF), and planting seedlings.
The hoop house and raised beds will be on display by appointment at the farm in an ongoing educational experience.Other demonstrations enjoyed were building a greenhouse using empty plastic water bottles, Lone Star Farm Apiary's chemical-free beekeeping class, an old-fashioned quilting bee, a solar food dehydrator, Billy Kniffen of Texas A&M’s rainwater harvesting, Walnut Creek Alpacas’ prize-winning alpacas, and the Oklahoma Choctaw Cultural Preservation Department teaching how to make baskets, pottery, beadwork and flutes.
Teddi Irwin, executive director of IN A GOOD WAY farm says, "We were so pleased with the outcome of the Homesteading Event that this will be an annual event at our farm. In addition to the annual event, we will hold ongoing mini events each month throughout next year.The hoop house and raised bed garden will always be open to the public by appointment.”
To get additional information or to set up a visit just give us a call at 918-567-3313 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Teddi Irwin