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Homesteading Academy

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the "Homesteading Academy"—a new, once monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. From October through December, we invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

This first set of three sessions will feature speakers on backyard poultry, mushroom production, and beekeeping. The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, engine conversion to waste vegetable oil, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Have a topic idea? Need help with Zoom? Send all your questions to Kate Brown, Program Associate in Commercial Agriculture with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington County kbrown@njaes.rutgers.edu or 609-265-5050.

Missed a session? Webinar recordings will be posted below when they become available.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. December 14: What To Do To Get Started Keeping Bees On Your Property
    Presenter: Tim Schuler (Owner, Schuler's Bees, and Former State Apiarist, NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

Webinar Archive

  1. Getting Started with Backyard Poultry (10/12/2021)
    Hank Bignell, Senior Program Coordinator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County, discusses the basics of getting started with backyard poultry including housing, care, nutrition, breed selection, and raising chicks.
  2. Fun with Fungi: Grow Your Own Mushrooms! (11/9/2021)
    Brendon Pearsall, Program Coordinator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, shares insight on mushroom production at home including common methods for indoor and outdoor production as well as the types of mushrooms that can be cultivated.