Classes for a Self-Sustainable Life

The Homestead Series

It is time to get back to our roots!  Are you motivated to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, or to reduce the chemicals and additives that are in your home?  Maybe you are just looking for a slower paced more relaxed life without being ON 24/7. 

Stokoe Farms 'Homestead Series' are classes and lectures that are designed to bring you back to the basics of living, the way our grandparents lived.  Growing up on a farm, our grandparents didn't just run to the grocery store, we ate what was grown, wore what was sewn, and learned to use everything, lest not be wasteful. With todays skyrocketing prices, continuted supply chain issues, wouldn't you rather depend on your own skills to take care of your family?

Join us as we bring back the 'old fashion ways' of stocking the cellar, baking, canning, and soap making, and of course just remembering our heritage.  Check out our current listing of revolving classes.

Little Hands Making Jam Class

June 19th - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
School is out for the day, and Strawberries are at their peak ripeness!    Head out to Stokoe Farms for a morning with your kiddos where our homestead educator Amy will teach you and your family how to make the perfect Strawberry Jam, a skill that will last a lifetime. 

Have you tried your hand at jam making, only for it to turn out runny or moldy?  At our Homestead Series Jam making class you and your kiddos will learn how to identify which strawberries are best to use for jams, the difference between jams, jellies, and preserves. Learn with hands-on demonstations for the basics of the water bath canning processes, which can be used with multiple seasonal fruits. 

Making your own jam at home means no additional additives or preservatives, made from nature at the perfect time.  Canning your own jams is less expensive and better for you!  At the conclusion of the class you will proudly take home a jar of jam that you helped to make!

This class is intended for kiddos ages 8 and up with their favorite adult.
 
Class Includes:
-2 jars of Strawberry Jam to take home
-Laminated recipe sheets to take home
-Delicious strawberry biscuit with jam snack
-A cold glass of strawberry lemonade
-Time to play on Stokoe Farms popular Bounce Pillows and Low Ropes Course 12 pm to 1 pm.

So join us for a perfect day in the country with your family!

Strawberry Jam Making Class

June 22nd - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Strawberry season is in full swing, and the jam berries are perfect!  Head out to Stokoe Farms where our homestead educator Amy will teach you and your friends the lost art of making the perfect Strawberry Jam, a skill that will save you money, impress your family and friends, and help you live a more self-sustainable life.

Ever tried to make at home jams, and they don't come out quite right? A little to watery, set lumpy?  At our Homestead Series Jam making class you and your friends will learn how to identify which strawberries are best to use for jams, the difference between jams, jellies, and preserves. Learn with hands-on demonstations for the basics of the water bath canning processes which can be used with multiple seasonal fruits. 

Making your own jam at home means no additional additives or preservatives, made from nature at the perfect time.  Canning your own jams is less expensive and better for you!  At the conclusion of the class you will proudly take home a jar of jam that you helped to make!  Jams make the perfect hostess gift, as it is made with love and 100% natural!

This class is intended for ages 14 and up. 
Class Includes:
-2 jars of Strawberry Jam to take home
-Laminated recipe sheets to take home
-Delicious strawberry biscuit with jam snack
-A cold glass of strawberry lemonade

So head out to the farm, and join us for our Homestead Series of Classes!

How to Make Your Own Soap - Lecture

August 3rd - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Do you know what is in your commercial soaps?  What are Pentasodium Pentetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate anyway?  Keep harsh checmicals and allergens out of your home and off your families bodies.  Do what our grandmothers did!  Learn to make your own soap and keep your home safe and healthy.

The benefits of making your own soap include:
-Controlling your ingredients
-Customization of ingredients
-Avoidance of harsh chemicals
-Creativity, the sky is the limit with natural scents
-Aromatherapy for a relaxing or envigorating bath
-Cost effictive
-Envionmentally sound with a smaller footprint and natural materials

We are partnering with Valley View Farmstead in Dansville to bring you a class where you will learn 'cold process' soap making process, the history of soap making, and why natural products are the best for you and your family. 

This is a lecture style class where you will go home with two bars of soap, a laminated sheet on how to make your own soap at home, and where to source the best ingredients.