Online Homesteading Courses

online homesteading courses headerWebinars and other online courses are great tools for homesteaders. Homesteaders who live in remote, rural areas will find online courses particularly useful. Online courses can fill community knowledge gaps that homesteaders might only have been able to fill through community college classes, conventions, or meetups.

Dozens of courses in areas that will interest the typical homesteader are available at reasonable prices. The industry is so successful, in fact, that there’s plenty of incorrect and poorly constructed webinars out there. We’ve compiled a list of useful, interesting courses, taught by qualified instructors, which are run by trustworthy sites and companies.

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Carpentry

Instructor: Luke Goodhue
Price: $19.99

Learn to mill your own wood for carpentry and construction projects. The course includes videos, reading material, and Q&A with the instructor.

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Instructor: Dale Barnard
Price: $34.99

Discover how to use your table saw and make your own tools. The course includes seven online lesson, reading materials and Q&A with the instructor.

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Gardening

Instructor: Bill Thorness
Price: $24.99

Learn how to choose plants that will thrive in your area, and how to cultivate them year-round. You will also discover how to keep your soil warm.

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Instructor: Doug Green
Price: $39.99

Learn how to grow strong plants and how to provide the right nutrition to increase yield. As part of the class, you’ll be able to interact with classmates.

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Instructor: Ellen Ogden
Price: $14.99

Discover how to design a garden that is healthy while looking professional. The class includes online materials and Q&A with the instructor.

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Instructor: Jodi Torpey
Cost: $24.99

Discover how to maximize your space with different growing methods. This class is great for urban homesteaders, and has an instructor Q&A.

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Instructor: Andy Chapman et al
Price: $19.99

Learn to construct and care for crops in a raised-bed vegetable planter. Includes seven video lessons, Q&A with instructors, and reading materials.

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Instructor: Bill Thorness
Price: $24.99

Learn how to grow vegetables perennially by using season extension. Includes seven video lessons, Q&A with instructor, and reading materials.

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Instructor: Stefani Bittner
Price: $39.99

How to grow lettuce, kale, and other greens across all seasons. Includes eight video lessons, Q&A with instructor, and reading materials.

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Instructor: Greg Peterson et al
Price: Free

Learn the basics to gardening in this free webinar. You will discover some gardening hacks, along with when and where to plant.

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Instructor: Kari Spencer  et al
Price: Free

This seminar will teach you how easy it is to have your own garden. Learn how to provide your family with organically grown food.

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Instructor: Kari Spencer et al
Price: Free

Discover how to evaluate your property and make use of different parts of your land. Learn what to look for in a good garden.

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Instructor: Greg Peterson
Price: Free

Learn how to be an urban farmer with 3 simple steps. This class will also view the importance of healthy soil and the use of “regenerative.”

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General

Instructors: Various
Price: $147.00

The team behind the homesteading documentary Beyond Off Grid assembled this course, which features more than 45 hours’ worth of courses on a wide variety of homesteading topics.

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Herbalism

Instructor: Unlisted
Prices: $65.00 – $299.00

Discover the basics of herbs with recipes, home remedies, beauty care, and more. This course includes learning resources, instructor/student access, and discounts.

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Instructor: Not Listed
Price: $198.33
a month

This course is for accomplished herbalists who want to build a successful business. Includes access to instructors and fellow students, learning resources, and discounts.

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Instructor: Not Listed
Price: $387.00
a month

The course starts with the theory and practical skills of herbalist practice, and teaches medical ethics and the legal requirements of practicing herbalism professionally.

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Instructor: Not Listed
Price: Free

This free course teaches the basics of herbalism and the materia medica catalog method. Includes video lessons, learning resources, access to instructors and fellow students, and discounts.

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Livestock

Instructor: Chad Hudspeth
Price: $197.00

Learn the basics of aquaponic gardening and raising fish in your backyard. Includes video lectures, Q&A with instructors, and learning materials.

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Instructor: Kari Spencer
Price: $97.00

Learn how to raise and care for farm animals (like chickens and goats)  and cultivate their products (eggs, cheese, milk) in an urban setting.

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Instructor: Michael Jordan
Price: $49.00

Learn what it takes to keep a beehive on your homestead, and the basic tools of the trade. The course includes six lessons, forums, and reading materials.

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Instructor: Chad Hudspeth
Price: Free

Learn how to use fish in your garden to grow organic food in your home. The process is simple and inexpensive.

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Instructor: Chad Hudspeth
Price: Free

Discover the benefits of aquaponics and how it can enrich your life. This course will discuss aquaponics produces quality food.

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Instructor: Kari Spencer
Price: Free

Learn how to incorporate livestock to help your garden thrive. You will also find out more about regenerative systems.

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Permaculture


Instructor: Nick Ferguson
Price: $350.00

This course teaches the fundamentals of plant propagation and security. Learn how to turn a few plants into a forest. Includes ten lessons and forums.

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Instructor: Michael Vertrees
Price: $1,500.00

Learn how to reintroduce microbes, minerals, and other essentials to depleted soil. Includes twenty lessons, learning material, and forums.

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Instructor: Toby Hemenway
Price: $167.00

Learn the permaculture best practices for urban settings, including your specific yard and block. City-dwellers, get ready for more fresh, organic food.

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Instructor: Toby Hemenway
Price: Not listed

This course teaches the basics of permaculture to create a healthy garden. The course counts as ten credit hours towards a Diploma in Permaculture.

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Instructor: Bill McDorman
Price: $47.00

Learn which seeds to reserve and crossbreed from your garden. Includes seven classes, monthly Q&A with instructor, reading materials, and learning resources.

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Instructor: Kari Spencer
Price: $47.00

Learn how to grow substantial crops in an urban setting. Includes seven classes, online forums, periodic live Q&A with instructor, and learning materials.

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Instructor: Toby Hemenway
Price: Free

This class will go over the important aspects of permaculture. Learn about real-life examples from permaculture sites across the globe.

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Instructor: Bill McDorman
Price: Free

In this pre-recorded webinar, learn how to save seeds to fulfill your specific needs. This class also discusses patenting of seeds.

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Instructor: Not Listed
Price: Free

Learn the basics of soil and how to use sheet mulch for your garden. This course will also teach you how to build a garden in one day.

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Instructor: Bill McDorman
Price: Free

Learn how to save your own seeds and the events leading to the patenting of seeds by companies. You will also discover how to take back control of your seeds.

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Instructor: Bill McDorman
Price: Free

If you have questions about saving your seeds, or the importance of doing so, join this live Q&A session. Also learn how to create a heartier garden.

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Soapmaking

Instructor: Not Listed
Price: $75.00

Learn the theory and practice of soapmaking. This course will teach you how to create your own soap recipes, instead of depending on others’.

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Instructor: Not Listed
Price: £127.00

This course is geared towards soapmakers who want to run a soapmaking business. Students learn soapmaking processes and business best practices.

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Textiles

Instructor: Ann Petersen
Price: $39.99

Learn how to make large quilting projects on a small home sewing machine. Includes eight video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Andi Perejda
Price: $29.99

Learn the fundamentals of hand quilting, an heirloom technique that does not require a machine. Includes nine video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A.

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Instructor: Joe Cunningham
Price: $39.99

Learn how to make a quilt without a pattern or guide, and turn fabric scraps into a masterpiece. Includes seven video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A.

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Instructor: Gail Yellen
Price: $19.99

Learn forty techniques useful to the home sewer. Fix damaged clothing and make new pieces. Includes eight video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A.

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Instructor: Susan Stewart
Price: $39.99

Learn how to apply and replicate heirloom sewing techniques on a home machine. Includes nine video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Anne Hanson
Price: $29.99

Learn the essential finishing techniques for amazing hand knitting projects. Includes eight video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Clara Parkes
Price: $24.99

Learn the basics to yarn, picking the right right yarn for every knitting project. Includes seven video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Janet Dawson
Price: $29.99

This course teaches the basics for beginners, and expands the designing process. Includes twelve video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Amy King
Price: $19.99

This fundamentals course will teach you the basic of spinning yarn with a wheel. Includes seven video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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Instructor: Esther Rodgers
Price: $19.99

Learn the right way to prepare the fiber that you spin into yarn. Includes six video lessons, reading materials, and Q&A with instructor.

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