Courses

We intend running a series of courses over the next year or two, all focused on ‘homesteading’ with ideas evolving around backyard chicken care, keeping house goats, cheese making, soap making, fermentation/preserving and more. Our dream is to run these in conjunction with homesteading legends from our region as a way of ‘sharing the local love’ of producing, sustaining and community. 

The Venue

The building we now refer to as the schoolhouse was established as the “Cobbobra Public School” in 1884 by the (then) Department of Public Instruction at the cost of between 800-1000 pounds. Cobbobra was written up in The Bega Gazette (4 April, 1885) as “one of the many small hamlets, centres of rural population … making slow sure progress in our midst, and forming the nucleus of future important townships.” The occasion of this article was to report on a picnic that was held on the 26th March (1885) to celebrate the school’s opening. The picnic was deemed a great success with over 200 people turning up!

The Venue

The building we now refer to as the schoolhouse was established as the “Cobbobra Public School” in 1884 by the (then) Department of Public Instruction at the cost of between 800-1000 pounds. Cobbobra was written up in The Bega Gazette (4 April, 1885) as “one of the many small hamlets, centres of rural population … making slow sure progress in our midst, and forming the nucleus of future important townships.” The occasion of this article was to report on a picnic that was held on the 26th March (1885) to celebrate the school’s opening. The picnic was deemed a great success with over 200 people turning up!

The one room school, with associated headmaster’s (sic) residence, remained operational until 1952, after which time a school was established in the nearby village of Quaama.
The original schoolroom is where our courses are run; it still holds all its original charm.

We just wanted to say thank you for today. You are both so full of knowledge, friendly and so warm and welcoming. We appreciate the enormous effort it took to host today’s workshop.

Thanks also for providing the yummy food, hot coffee and tea. An amazing effort by an amazing team. We met some beautiful local people as well.

Looking forward to future workshops!

Thanks very much for the chook course including the lovely morning tea and lunch … I loved the course and meeting the other participants.

Not only was the workshop informative, for me, there is no better way to spend time than being with chickens or with people who love to talk about chickens.

I appreciated the knowledge bank of the presenters, the welcoming environment & delicious food.

A great, informative course. Scrumptious food and well presented.

It was great! I loved seeing the chooks and roosters. Fabulous day!! Thank you 🙂

Backyard Chicken Keeping

This is a return for me to training in backyard chicken care – I used to run courses for councils, schools and community gardens before I moved south. This time though, I am so excited to be co-training with Brogo’s Cheryl Nelson from Natural Chicken Health. We will cover the basics of all things ‘keeping chickens’ – housing, breeds, health, common ailments, nutrition – essentially all you need to know to start and maintain a healthy contented flock. The course is designed to meet the needs of those thinking of starting a flock or those with a flock already. By the way, it’s a very hands on and practical course so dress appropriately and prepare to have fun.

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 9am to 4pm

Cheryl of Natural Chicken Health is our co-trainer: https://naturalchickenhealth.com.au

Venue: Schoolhouse Farm, old school room and cottage
434 Upper Brogo Rd, Verona

Included: Fully catered (scrumptious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, tea and coffee and alternatives), course notes, product samples and prizes.

Cost: $150 pp

Upcoming Courses

Keeping House Goats

It’s early days in the planning cycle for this course. This introductory course will cover the essentials of keeping a goat or two for a small holding. We will cover breeds, housing, nutrition, basic care, milking and kidding. Basically everything I wish I’d known before I started! 

Cold process soap making

In this beginners course we will teach you the homesteading basics of making natural soaps using the cold process method. We will cover everything you need to know to get started – the method, ingredients, safety and how to include additives such as essential oils, botanicals & colourings. And, yes, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to soap with goat’s milk (and why wouldn’t you) then we will teach you how to do this too.