Spend a year studying homesteading skills with expert instructors. Learn wild foods foraging, subsistence gardening, animal husbandry, and folk craft. During this course, you also join our Homestead Collective. This is a shared farm plot Trackers Earth sets aside at our 90-acre campus in Sandy, Oregon. Together, as a class community, you raise food for your pantry while working toward a grand harvest celebration to end our learning year.
At the heart of this program are our monthly weekend overnights. Each day your team learns homesteading skills with core Trackers instructors. In the evening we recreate a village while cooking over open fires. And every moment we rekindle a deep connection to nature as we learn traditional ways of living.
How It Works
Weekend Overnights Immersion students attend monthly training weekends from September to May. During this time you build experience and learn core principles of Wilders Gardening that designs your shared garden plot. Check out the class schedule below.
Weekly Training There are also learning opportunities every week. Immersion students and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday) where you can loose arrows anytime.
Collective Caretaking Staff and students coordinate rotations to go beyond workshop weekends to provide consistent caretaking of the Homsteading Collective, which includes garden plots and livestock. Collective Caretaking involves teams visiting and maintaining the site to insure the success of your collective bounty.
- Vegetable Garden plot
- Egg and poultry shares
- Livestock shares
Program staff includes our top Trackers instructors. Founders, core staff and many members of the Trackers community attend. It is a learning environment rich with in-depth knowledge, experience, and opportunity.
September 2018 - September 2019 This program runs September to September. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Homesteading Collective Weekly rotations of caretaking to tend to our garden shared farm plots.
Attend Skills Evenings (Thursday) or Open Archery Range (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) anytime. The option of over 200 more hours of class time for the entire family.