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Women's homesteading class this Saturday

by LAUREN REICHENBACH
Staff Writer | March 15, 2024 1:00 AM

SAGLE — Want to learn gardening techniques but don’t think you have the space?

This Saturday, the National Ladies Homestead Gathering is putting on a free event that will teach women all about square foot gardening, which maximizes even the smallest spaces to produce home-grown foods.

“This approach is a fantastic way for beginners and advanced gardeners alike to learn how to optimize spacing when planting so that they yield the most produce possible,” said Linsday Hollenback, a member of Bonner County’s Ladies Homestead Gathering chapter. “This high-intensity planting design makes food independency accessible for those using just a few containers or an entire acre.”

With this year’s theme being, “You can do it,” the event will also feature a demonstration on how to use a chainsaw, provided by VIP Ladies Homestead Gathering member Michele Walker.

All levels of interest and homesteading experience are welcome to this event March 16. Teens 16 and older as well as nursing babies under one year old are allowed at the event, but attendees are asked to find childcare for their other children.

Women who attend are not required to own acreage or livestock and are encouraged to take away tips that will benefit the space they are in now.

“It is our hope that ladies will leave feeling confident to get outside and get their hands in the dirt,” Hollenback said. “Gardening not only feeds our bellies but also our hearts.” 

The event begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at New Song Bible Church, 470250 U.S. 95 in Sagle.