Our program consists of one week courses in which a global overview of a traditional subsistence farm is given. Use a scythe and build a haystack. Create good soil conditions for growing organic vegetables. Feed and care for animals in life-enhancing ways. Milk a goat and cow. Make wine and apple cider. Make yoghurt and cheese. Preserve vegetables and fruits. Design a bread oven. Repair an adobe structure. The list is endless! Every week is a unique experience and is designed in accord with student/guest variation and seasonal offerings.
You already know what it is, and somewhere deep inside, you already know how to do it. It is your birthright. Our ancestors did it because they had to in order to survive. We do it by choice, because we find it beautiful, useful and in good taste!
What is it? Whatever names we give it: sustainable living, subsistence farming, responsible use of resources, “the Good Life,” or self-sufficiency. We find it a decent response to the world as it is today. Our wish is to offer visitors a place where they may be inspired to put some lost or forgotten skills into practice. Current research is proving that keeping our hands busy is, literally, an anti-depressant! Here, you can find support for the steps you wish to take toward learning or remembering skills that can bring traditional quality back into your modern life.
We choose to receive by donation, following in this way the natural balance between giving and receiving, which are essential in the whole of ecology and in the laws of true sustainability.
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A healthy combination of 'in classroom theory' and 'on farm hands-on' create the perfect balance for optimal learning and enjoyment. Excursions to the local farmers market and neighbouring villages and nature are optional though strongly recommended!
*learn how to make organic and delicious meals yourself that can last for years through the process of canning.
*learn how to care for your vegetables and herbs in healthy and life-enhancing ways through intelligent garden management including composting and seed preserving.
*learn how to care for your entire family, including barnyard animals and pets, in a more natural and holistic way.
*see and practice natural building techniques. Experience the feeling of a true natural, ecological house.
*remember the feeling of being in touch with the basic building blocks of life: food, shelter and clothing – allow your hands to stay happy doing “bread labor:” craftmanship that brings you in direct contact with the things you actually need to stay healthy and well.
* Contents of classes *
natural and traditional building – adobe – lime – plaster – carpentry – decorative woodwork - repairing – DIY projects - heating
organic gardening – sowing & planting – seeds – soil management and composting – pest control – companion planting – permaculture – herbs and uses – preserving – canning – drying - pickling
orchard planning – tree planting – soft fruits - pruning – preserving – wine and cider – jam’s jelly’s and chutney’s – root cellar principles
barnyard animals; horse and donkey– cow – goat – sheep – pig – poultry – rabbit – bees: – husbandry and care – health and wellbeing – hay; scything and storage – cereals; production and uses – barns and housing – draft horse use
animal products – milk: cheese, yoghurt, butter production – meat : butchering and preservation – optimal egg and honey harvest
sheering sheep - growing hemp – spinning – weaving – sewing - knitting – felting
sourdough bread baking – basket weaving – soap making – the compost toilet - cottage industries – social life
Provision offers a purposeful learning journey to a school of living traditions and sustainable values.
Provision is a new school for self-sufficient living and subsistence farming, self-reliance and sustainability, traditional skills and values, low impact living and simplicity, all in the spectacular natural setting of Alunisu, a small rural village at the foothills of the Carpathians in Transylvania!