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Join us in 2017 for monthly workshops & events at The Chittle Homestead!

Become a yearly homestead member for access to all our events plus other member-only benefits. Learn more here.

Or choose to join us for just one event from the selection below.

(all workshops located in Gig Harbor, Wa – 1 hr south of seattle & 2 hrs North of Portland)

***PSSST….all our workshops sell out quickly. Be sure you are on the mailing list & register early!***

 

2017 Workshops

{FREE for homestead members & sponsors. All include yummy food! Topics/dates subject to change with evolving homestead projects & timelines}

 

img_3172YOUR 2017 Manifesto

Sunday February 12th, 2017, 10am

Farm to table menu TBD

New Year’s resolutions are so 2016. Let’s start some New Year’s REVOLUTONS! Curl up in coziness at The Chittle homestead for a day of journaling and value based goal setting so you can stand for the world you want to live in through how you live your life in 2017! Come as an individual, couple, or family and leave with a manifesto that will guide your year into full alignment, clarity, and effective action towards the causes that matter most to you as a citizen of this planet. Oh and there will be tasty farm to table food as always 🙂

By Invitation ONLY.

 

 

 

img_3173The Seed Starting Party

Sunday March 5th, 2017

Exact time & farm to table menu TBD

No more overwhelm in your dream of growing green things this year! Whether you are a total beginner or looking to really take your food independence to the next level this year, give yourself this focused space to brainstorm with the Chittles about garden planning, companion planting, permaculture, seed starting and mulch gardening techniques. Along with plenty of time for putting pen to paper in your own garden plans, we will also have some hands on work in the garden with mulch gardening and transplanting. Of course you will be filled up with gourmet farm to table food and leave with a few of your own newly planted seeds for your home garden. (Members who want a plot garden in the Chittle Homestead food forest to tend throughout the season are welcome to select their spot and start converting grass to garden as part of our mulch garden tutorial! Learn about garden plots below.)

Seating is limited. Register here! 

 

img_3183Garden Plots available @ The Chittle Homestead

Ongoing, March – October – Community Workdays TBD 

There are so many benefits of bringing diverse plants and diverse people together. Therefore we would like to invite members to cultivate their own garden plot at the Chittle homestead where they can grow their own food or flowers within our food forest and with the support of the community and shared knowledge at the Chittle homestead. Community workdays every Wednesday and Sunday for those needing to care for their plots (or schedule a private time to tend to your plot).

Garden space is limited. Reserve your plot here!

 

 

 

img_3174Fish in The Garden!

Weekend of April 1st, 2017

Exact times & farm to table menu TBD

Come be a part of getting our AQUAPONICS system set up to grow year round veggies and sustainable protein for The Chittle Homestead community. Aquaponics uses a system of fish, worms, and edible vegetables to harness energy, save water, recycle waste, and grow food really fast …perfect for people like us wanting year round food independence. The best way to learn about this growing field of gardening is to get hands on with the project alongside Seth of “Anything Aquaponics” who will be involving the group in each step of the system set up at The Chittle Homestead.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

 

img_3177The Sustainable Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 15th, 2017

Exact times & farm to table menu TBD

If plastic eggs filled with candy aren’t totally your style, come try out a new family tradition at The Chittle Homestead…dye farm fresh eggs with natural garden ingredients, search for them on a farm landscape and enjoy gourmet farm to table snacks. Plus, explore The Chittle Homestead gardens, tiny house, antique/homestead shop, animal petting zoo and nature-based crafts for all ages. This is an intimate event for a limited number of people.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

“The Farmstay” in the new tiny house begins in April! 

Pre-book your homesteading, crafting, Pacific northwest adventuring weekend now! Learn more here.

 

Spring Homestead Workday

Saturday May 13th, 2017

Open day for volunteers to work & learn on the farm alongside the Chittles as we mulch, transplant, and create the summer garden! Families welcome.

It’s a workday. It’s a workshop. It’s a moment to gather in community and put our hands in the soil together. Did you know soil has microbes that act like antidepressants ? So yeah, it’s also a therapy session.  🙂

Members who want a plot garden in the Chittle homestead food forest to ten throughout the season are welcome to work on their plots…now is the time to get your transplants and seeds in!!!

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Spring Closet Cleaning Craft Day

Sunday June 2nd, 2017

Exact times & farm to table menu TBD

 

Need an extra motivation to clean out those closets this spring? Or just can’t stand throwing away quality or sentimental clothes even though you never wear them? Come learn how to transform old, out of style, no longer fitting clothes into beautiful home decor and other useful things at The Chittle homestead! Register below….and then start setting aside pretty fabrics, shrunken wool sweaters, meaningful t-shirts of your favorite bands, or your kid’s onesies that no longer fit but you can’t bear to give away. Registered participants will be getting some closet cleansing tips by email before the event to get you going! It’s time to cleanse, simplify and lighten our clutter while embodying the values of reuse, creativity, and beauty.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Cheese & Beer

June 2017

Exact date & farm to table menu TBD

Come explore the art of making cheese and brewing beer! Seriously, cheese and beer are the best.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

 

Grow your own Medicine Cabinet

July 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

We will be inviting guest teachers to share knowledge around growing a medicinal plant garden and turning those herbs into your own natural medicine cabinet for colds, flus, stress, mental health, pregnancy/motherhood/childhood and more! You will leave with some homemade medicines and lots of recipes!

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Summer Campout

July 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

Bring your tent & enjoy gourmet s’mores & campfire activities at the homestead!

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Nature Crafting & Mindfulness Meditation

August 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

A day to allow nature to guide your creation, bring you into the present, and inspire your next steps. Exact craft projects TBD but possibly cloth dying with natural materials (flowers, herbs, barks, etc), basket weaving, and nature entwined macrame creations….for the kiddo participants: nature weaving, stamping, and driftwood mobiles. Just a few ideas so far. Guided mindfulness meditation will be included throughout the creative process.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Beach Writing/Art/Photgraphy with Sunset Picnic

August 2017

Exact dates & picnic menu TBD

Join us at one of our nearby beaches for a day of writing in the shade of a tree as you gaze out at the beautiful placid waters of the puget sound. And/or use the space for photography and art. Creativity prompts and warm-ups will be provided along with homestead grown sustenance, community support and creative pow-wows. As dusk approaches a gourmet beach picnic made from homestead grown food will be served up while we reflect together as a community of makers.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

2017 Annual Harvest Dinner

September 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

Last year a farm dinner attendee said her experience felt straight out of a Sunset magazine spread. Not sure if Sunset will be photoshooting our homestead farm dinner anytime soon but hey a girl can dream 🙂

Gourmet food under twinkly lights and conversations that spark ideas. Join us in sharing the harvest of the homestead.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

Preserving the Harvest

October 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

Pickling, canning, storing, freezing, and dehydrating = food independence and tasty winter treats that remind us of summer on rainy days 🙂

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Fall Homestead Workday

October 2017

Exact dates & farm to table menu TBD

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, bulbs, and perennials…and all these come together perfectly when you plant a tree guild made up of plants that work together to help ensure their health and productivity. At The Chittle Homestead we have recently started cultivating a food forest of perennial edibles that work together to create habitat, healthy soil, happy plants, and tasty production. This fall we will be adding to our plantings of perennials around the homestead and think the best way for folks to learn about permaculture, food forests, and perennial gardening is to come give a helping hand in this fall planting.

It’s a workday. It’s a workshop. It’s a moment to gather in community and put our hands in the soil together. Did you know soil has microbes that act like antidepressants ? So yeah, it’s also a therapy session.  🙂

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Healthy Holidays Cooking Party

November 2017

Exact dates & menu TBD

Looking for some gourmet and tasty alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving meal? Wondering how you can not feel deprived through the season while trying to eat gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, autoimmune, or other diet? Just wanting to enter the new year without the post holiday energy slump?

At The Chittle Homestead we are not about diets, deprivation or strict rules but instead about cooking up delicious gourmet treats using wholesome healthy ingredients. Come cook with us and get some recipe ideas for your own holiday meals this year!

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

Be-A-Maker Holiday Crafting Party

December 2017

Exact dates, projects, & farm to table menu TBD

This is the year you MAKE all your Christmas presents….something everyone actually wants :). Join us for a day of holiday gift craftmaking, cozy beverages, yummy treats, and good conversation….at The Chittle Homestead.

Seating is limited.

Register here! (link coming soon…in the meantime JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get first dibs at registration!)

Or become a yearly homestead member for access to all our workshops and events!

 

 

 Past workshops…

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The Harvest Dinner

Sunday September 11th, 2016

Gather with us around a farm table in the orchard to enjoy the harvest at The Chittle Homestead at our very first annual harvest dinner! Connect with community, tour The Chittle Homestead, and eat delicious gourmet food fresh from the garden. It all begins with summer beverages in the garden and tours of the various projects we are working on at The Chittle Homestead. Dinner will be served as the day cools off and will include gourmet food picked straight from the garden next to you (menu provided soon. Our meals most often cater to common food intolerances without you even noticing!). We will finish off the night with a gourmet s’mores (think homemade marshmellows !) campfire under the stars.

Seating is limited. RSVP HERE!  SOLD OUT!

(get on mailing list at top of this page for future dinner invitations).

{Optional donation of $25 to The Homestead is welcome via our GoFundMe page}

OR

Check out The VIP yearly membership for access to all our events and classes!

 

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Permaculture Workshop: Tree Guild Workday

Saturday October 22, 2016 – 9-1pm

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, bulbs, and perennials…and all these come together perfectly when you plant a tree guild made up of plants that work together to help ensure their health and productivity. At The Chittle Homestead we have 16 fruit trees that are surrounded by grass. Grass is not a good friend to trees so we want to dig it out and replace it with plants that work together with the tree to promote health and create a mostly edible food forest beneath the canopy of the fruit trees. We will teach you the basics of the permaculture concept of tree guilds and fall tree/bush/bulb planting. Then provide you with an array of plant starts/bulbs and let you loose with to create your very own tree guild around one of our fruit trees. We will also eat a farm meal together (bring your own picnic and we will provide lots of special treats from the homestead too!) and maybe even do a little yoga in the meadow.

It’s a workday. It’s a workshop. It’s a moment to gather in community and put our hands in the soil together. Did you know soil has microbes that act like antidepressants ? So yeah, it’s also a therapy session.  🙂

Menu

Breakfast- Apple cider donuts (gluten free!), hash brown quiche with seasonal veg, Apple pie overnight oats, homemade chai/mulled cider/pumpkin spice lattes.

Lunch – roasted  squash soup with sage and hazelnuts, fresh baked gluten free bread, kale salad, and secret farmstay treats 🙂

Space is limited. Please sign up here to hold your spot and be notified when further info is available.

FREE.

{Optional donation of $25 to The Homestead is welcome via our GoFundMe page}

OR

Check out The VIP yearly membership for access to all our events and classes!

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Homesteading Playday – DIY Cheese, Bread, Yogurt, Kombucha, and other “Homesteady” things

Sunday November 13th (Coffee/breakfast 9-10, Workshops begin @10am)  – SOLD OUT!! Please check out our other workshops below and join our mailing list to be notified of future ones!

Come spend the day homesteading with The Chittles and guest teachers….Because sometimes it’s just easier to get hands on to learn something you want to start incorporating into your life!

Your teachers and what we will be making together:

  • Marci & Greg, Deep Roots Farm – Pear Vanilla Jam & Canning
  • Alyssa & Justin – Goat cheese and Yogurt….with tips and info about kombucha!
  • Tessa & Ian – The Chittle Homestead – Gluten-Free Bread/pasta & Pickled Veggies/Saurkraut

FREE.

{Optional donation of $25 to The Homestead is welcome via our GoFundMe page}

OR

Check out The VIP yearly membership for access to all our events and classes!

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Be a MAKER – Holiday Craft Party

Sunday Dec 11th, beginning at 12 noon. SOLD OUT! Please join our mailing list for future events!

This is the year you MAKE all your Christmas presents….something everyone actually wants :). Join us for a day of holiday gift craftmaking, cozy beverages, yummy treats, and good conversation….at The Chittle Homestead.

FREE.

{Optional donation of $25 to The Homestead is welcome via our GoFundMe page}

OR

Check out The VIP yearly membership for access to all our events and classes!

Pre-book your Farmstay in the tiny house now!

Available starting April/May 2017

 

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