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Homesteading Courses at A-B Tech Bring Back the Basics

ASHEVILLE, N.C. Jan. 20, 2011 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Shelley White China California

Ashley English

English has written books on the subject and embraced the homesteading lifestyle because she finds it empowering.  "It doesn’t matter if you live in a condo with no yard to speak of or if you live on 11 wooded acres like I do, there’s something to be gained in learning to meet your food, shelter, and other basic needs. Whether it’s learning to grow some of your own food and can it for later use, keep a flock of laying hens, make medicine from homegrown herbs, or sew a garment or two, homesteading skills plant you squarely in the driver’s seat of your life, customizing it as you see fit in order to best meet the needs of your home and your family," she said.

Students at A-B Tech can learn how to knit, sew, raise bees, quilt and preserve the summer’s harvest through canning and other methods. Other topics include gardening, recycling, alternative energy sources and permaculture, sustainable land use design.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

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