Cottage Industries

Cottage Industries

 

 

Register for Summer Classes

 

 

 New at Harper CE!

Interested in a sustainable side business that involves ecologically sound practices? Register for one of our new Cottage Industry classes and learn how you can get started in a fun and potentially profitable hobby. Learn how to make natural products for yourself or to sell, while helping the planet.

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING BASICS (LAG 0003): Bees are the world’s most important pollinators of food crops, yet their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Do you want to know more about the ecological impact of the honeybee and learn a new way to make money in the process? Beekeeping can encourage sustainability of our food systems and supply you with amazing fresh honey to sell. This class will introduce bee biology and behavior, hive selection and management throughout the year, bee diseases and pests, swarming behavior, beekeeping equipment, and bee products. All materials are included.

BACKYARD CHICKEN BASICS (LAG 0002): Have you thought about getting chickens but don’t know how to get started in this fast growing cottage industry? As we become more aware of eating well and the ecological impact of where our food originates, the trend of raising backyard chickens is growing. Backyard chickens can be a rewarding experience and a great way to have a supply of fresh eggs. This online course with live chicken experience, will explain how to choose the best type of chicken for your needs, the care and feeding of your chickens, how to keep your flock safe, and troubleshooting flock issues. Illinois licensing requirements, safe egg handling practices and humane chicken handling will be covered during the Saturday chicken encounter portion of the class. Course is online but class meets once for the live chicken encounter at Harper College Learning and Career Center (LCC), 1375 Wolf Road, Prospect Heights.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING BASICS (LAG 0004): Have you ever wanted to reduce your carbon footprint by composting your kitchen waste? You can turn yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for plants, even if you don’t have a yard. Discover vermi-composting, an ecological way to create high-quality soil amendments to keep or to sell. This online class with a hands on session, will introduce the different approaches to composting, how to start composting at home, and composting best practices to encourage sustainability and ecologically sound environmental practices to minimize your carbon footprint. Course is online but class meets once at Spring Valley Nature Center (SVNS), 111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg.

Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.