Fencing is truly a key component of homesteading, whether you are fencing in your garden from livestock, deer or rabbits or you plan on keeping animals, you will need to know how to fence! This hands-on class will teach you everything you need to know about how to properly choose the right fencing for the job, how to source materials, and how to install a variety of fences correctly! We will put in wooden corners, learn how to safely sink metal T-posts in the ground, stretch different kinds of wire, and discuss multiple fencing options for different types of livestock, including practical solutions for keeping deer and rabbits out of the garden. We will also discuss the benefits of rotational grazing, and how to fence appropriately to set up your pasture for rotational grazing.
In this class we will cover:
Choosing the proper style of fence for the job and budget
Setting wooden posts in gravel and concrete
Creating a strong, wooden corner
Setting metal T-posts
Stretching and attaching a variety of types of wire
Setting up permanent and temporary electric fencing (and appropriate uses for each)
Specialty fencing situations such as fencing on steep hillsides or in wet ground
This is a hands on learning course. Please wear sturdy boots, good work clothes (canvas suggested- do not wear jackets or pants that will rip easily), and bring well fitting leather gloves, a sun hat, and a water bottle, and a lunch for yourself. We will provide coffee, tea, and a homemade, organic, gluten free, gigantic cookie!
Class runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Next available class dates: September 21st
*This class will run rain or shine!