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Kirsten Lie-Nielsen offers online homesteading classes in the Spring and Fall.  These classes are designed to offer farmers and homesteaders the ability to learn about various topics without having to leave the farm. Courses cover a range of topics, from geese and goats to searching for land, and include a digital packages of resources and information on the topic of the class.


Classes are in presentation format with live demonstrations when possible and relevant. Classes are on weekends (Saturdays or Sundays) at 2pm ET on Zoom. Recordings of classes will be emailed for anyone who can’t attend live. There will be ample time for Q&A at the end of each class and all attendees are encouraged to email Kirsten at before and after class with any questions.

The cost of each class is $25, which includes all course materials listed plus a small token to support you on your homesteading journey. Classes may include added value items when possible and relevant.

You can register for any of the classes via the arrows below. If you sign up for the email list you’ll be notified as soon as new classes are open for registration.


Below are the full offerings for Fall 2021

Spring 2022 classes will be announced in the fall after the schedule is finalized.

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September 19, 2021, 2pm

In this hands on class we’ll take a cabbage and make it sauerkraut!  This beginner class will introduce you to the basics of fermenting and how to preserve farm vegetables.  You’ll be sent a list of supplies if you want to make alongside me, and a few of my favorite fermenting recipes to try out at home. 


October 10, 2021 at 2pm

If you’ve always wanted to start a garden, but don’t know where to begin, this is the class for you!  We’ll talk about garden layout, what thrives in different gardening zones and how to figure out your zone, and go over what stores the best, what ripens first, and what common homestead garden plants need some extra love to thrive.  Attendees will receive a planting schedule for their zone after class, as well as more details on planting and harvesting times for the vegetable and herbs discussed in class.


October 23, 2021 at 2pm

Choosing animals to add to a homestead can be a challenge.  You have to work within your limits of space, terrain, and time, and it’s important to know your goals for those animals.  Goats can help you clear brush, pigs will turn over land, and sheep and cows tend to be grazers not browsers (but what’s the difference?!).  Are chickens or ducks more suited to your space, and whose eggs would you prefer?  In this class, we’ll go over all the common homestead livestock and their pros and cons, ways they can help you nourish your land and ways that you can benefit from adding them to your farm.


Novemebr 6, 2021 at 2pm

This class will offer a 101 for potential goat keepers, from setting up housing and pasture space to how to trim hooves. We'll discuss using goats in rotational grazing, basic nutritional information, and what is involved in the day-to-day and year-by-year care of goats.
While this class won't be focused on breeding and milking, we will discuss options for the small homestead when it comes to dairy goat breeding.
This class will focus on Nigerian Dwarf goats, although the information will be applicable to all breeds and we will briefly discuss other common goat breeds.  Attendees of the class will receive printout information on goat breeds and care, and the class will include a live demonstration of hoof trimming.


November 14, 2021 at 2pm

The experience of keeping geese is dramatically effected by the breeds you select for your farm.  A Chinese goose will behave much differently than a Sebastopol, and a flock of Toulouse is not the same as a flock of Pilgrims.  Confused?  This class will help lay out the diversity of geese, explaining which breeds have been bred for which purposes and where each breed can thrive.  We’ll spend time talking about friendly geese and what breeds work best for a farm with small children or other livestock, but we’ll also discuss what breeds to consider if you need a guardian goose.  If you’re considering geese, this class is a must for making sure that your experience with them is a pleasure!  Attendees will receive printouts on various goose breeds and Kirsten hopes to introduce you to a few of the breeds on her farm live.


November 21, 2021 at 2pm

Intimidating by sourdough bread?  Don’t be!  Baking sourdough is an easy addition to the homestead kitchen, a skill even non-bakers can master the basics of and become that little bit more self sufficient.  This class will be a live demonstration of starting a loaf of country white sourdough bread, and will go over waking a dormant starter, feeding your starter, and what exactly discard is.  Attendees will receive some recipes to work with at home, and a list of supplies for baking alongside me or to refer to as they start their bread journey. 


December 5, 2021 at 2pm

In the most popular Hostile Valley Farm class, we will focus on the uses of geese on the homestead, housing and care for geese and goslings, and how to avoid any potential pitfalls on your goose keeping journey. There will be special attention paid to keeping geese with other poultry and using geese effectively as guardian animals, as well as giving goslings a great start.  As the author of the Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese and an experienced goose keeper with a flock of 17, I look forward to introducing you to these amazing birds.  Attendees of this class will receive printouts on goose care and uses on the modern farm.