We no longer live in a time where we must be or even can be totally self-sufficient but many of us enjoy exploring ways to be "practically" self-sufficient and sustainable. This multi course series is designed for the person interested in cultivating a small backyard or community garden designed to provide seasonal food for a small family. Or maybe you are thinking bigger and want to design and manage a not-for-profit homestead or a small farm. The series includes elements of soil preparing, seed starting, food preservation, composting, caring for small animals, and managing pests. The single topics will address many of the questions and issues you may have in pursuing your gardening dreams.