Guild: “an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal.”
There are many ways to learn: a book, YouTube videos, weekend seminars, conferences, mentorships, college classes. If you really want to know something there are two key components: experience, and community. You need to use information in order to know it. And when you learn something in a community of people with mutual aid, all pursuing a common goal, you’ll experience it in a whole new way.
This is the basic idea of the Homesteader’s Guild. You’ll have lessons and opportunities to learn the skills needed to feed yourself from your own backyard (large as an 80 acre farm or small as a high rise patio). You’ll also have a mentor who you can communicate with directly when you need help. You’ll also have a community of like minded people for support, encouragement, and to bounce ideas and questions off of. The goal of the Guild is to build a community of doers and learners who help each other achieve a common goal of being able to grow your own food to one degree or another.
The topics will all be farming related, with some topics set by the mentor, farmer Mark Baker, and some dictated by the needs of the group.
The format includes video instruction, live conference calls for Q&A, trouble shooting, and instruction, and a private facebook group forum for daily interaction and encouragement. All this means you can learn how to maximize the growing potential of your own piece of the earth without leaving your home. You can learn and grow right where you are and discuss your particular situation in real time through this online community.