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FIELDTRIP!: Integrated Homestead Systems @ Cedar Hill

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FIELDTRIP!: Integrated Homestead Systems @ Cedar Hill

  • Cedar Hill Enrichment Center 5735 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, GA, 30506 United States (map)

Get out of the city for a day and explore Cedar Hill Enrichment Center – a center for sustainable living seamlessly integrating a myriad of homesteading systems including permaculture, rain water catchment systems, food security, vermiculture, beekeeping, medicinal herbs, solar energy resources and seasonal celebrations. See all the fantastic ways these systems interrelate and how you can replicate these systems on any scale from a farm to a fourth of an acre.

In addition to seeing all these complimentary systems in action, your day at Cedar Hill will also give you an opportunity to:

  • Meet and learn about Ancona ducks – Cedar Hill is breeding these rare and endangered ducks as part of their education/conservation plan. These dual purpose breed ducks are as productive as they are adorable and are a perfect addition to many homesteads.
  • Explore keyhole garden design – These drought-tolerant, compost gardens are the perfect solution to creating growing beds with fantastic soil quickly.
  • Discover the importance of cover crops for fall – Find out what grows well in our climate and their benefits to the soil, bees and more.
  • Make your own plantain salve to take home – Plantain is a familiar, prolific broad-leafed wild weed – and second to none as a wound healer. Learn to create your own medicinal salves and go home with a top-notch addition to your garden’s first aid kit. 

Make a day of it! Bring your family (everybody for one rate!) and a picnic. The center will be open at 11:30 for those who would like to explore the grounds or enjoy a picnic lunch prior to the workshop.

About the Instructor:
Kat Stratton – has a certificate in Horticultural Therapy through The Horticultural Therapy Institute (Denver, CO).  She is also a Hall County Master Gardener and holds a certificate as a  Permaculture Design  Consultant through The Permaculture Project, LLC.  She is committed to living in harmony with Earth through spiritual and ecological awareness. 

Jean Schilling - is a certified herbalist through the Natural Herbal Studies in San Jose, CA. She is working on herbal health for pets and livestock and also looking to expand ways to improve the honeybee population. Jean is currently working toward publishing a paper on natural health for pets.

Founded in 1995 as a women’s retreat center, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center began its transformation in 2012 as a Center for Sustainable Living, with the goal of becoming a hands-on learning center offering holistic and resilient ways to build community, while continuing to sustain the human spirit. A program for women veterans is currently being developed, as well as a partnership with a local school for a Real Food Literacy program.

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