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Where kids get to design and build a homestead cottage.
Then plant, harvest, cook and EAT together!
At  Austin Village Academy!

Homesteaders will dig their hands into design, engineering and building a permaculture cottage complete with rain water collection and garden! Then make it all come together right to the kitchen table, getting exposed to ultra sustainable new experiences and delicious foods that they enjoy!! 

Ages: 5 yrs - 12 yrs old
SPRING BREAK: March 14-18
SUMMER: June 6-10 and/or 
                June 27-July 1
Fee: $225  (Limited scholarships available for income eligible families. email Thea at
Time: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Austin Village Academy (formerly Austin Eco School)  4105 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704

This is a limited space. First come - first served.
Registration deadlines 
Spring Break: Wednesday, February 17
Summer: Sunday, March 27th

Homesteaders get to …..
Build a REAL Tiny House cottage!
Create a rain water catchment for their garden

Get down and dirty in working on a Kitchen Garden
Plant seedlings
Harvest edibles 
Hoe the garden
Learn about berms, swales, pollinators
Make mulch

And finally….Let’s Eat!
Prepare bean and cheese papusas from scratch 
Learn kitchen safety
Make healthy rainbow salads
Try new fruits and vegetables
Make healthy kid-foods from around the world
Roast seasonal vegetables 
Learn to make a healthy weekend breakfast for the whole family
Embark on new, adventurous philosophy about food
Make and try some foods from around the world like 'damper' from Australia
Make smoothies 

And if they really want they may find out that hard work can be FUN!!

During the week students will:
Build a tiny homestead cottage 
Starting seedlings
Lear what edible plants look and taste like from the garden
Harvest and prepare edibles farm-to-table!
Learn to prepare healthy snacks themselves
Learn how to clean up after themselves  
Understand basics of good handwashing 
Learn basic knife skills one-on-one with adult supervision. Yes! You’ll be surprised and proud. 
Cook together 
Eat what they made at a table with real plates, cups and glasses 
Be empowered to prep salads and dressing for their families

... learn the importance of cleaning up…. for health and the people who follow you!

We all live downstream!
We’ll also learn about the importance of cause and effect in Austin’s water cycle and the importance of not polluting our water table and keeping our aquifers clean. Our goal is to understand biodiversity; what it means, why it’s important, and how can we go about achieving it in our area, touching on subjects such as; the web of life, habitats and homes, ecosystems, vertebrates, invertebrates, food chains and webs and vertical layers of habitats from mushrooms to bees.

We aim to create pleasurable food education and great life time skills that form positive food and lifestyle habits through fun, hands-on learning.

We want kids to discover ideas and concepts first-hand, through real-life experience. Have fun with a multidisciplinary approach to designing with nature. Learn life skills and concepts they can keep with them to have healthy lifestyles into the future.

Sustainable Edible Education - Yeah!!