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Land Stewardship Courses

Cultivating Success is offering two Land Stewardship courses: Living on the Land and 10 Acres and a Dream. 

For additional information about living on small acreages, please visit: https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/small-farms/living.

10 Acres and a Dream

This three-part online workshop is designed to help participants learn how to thrive in a rural setting and make their land ownership dreams come true!  

The idea for 10 Acres and A Dream came from the Idaho Master Forest Stewards, most of whom are private landowners themselves. They have interacted with rural landowners from many walks of life who may have struggled to realize their rural property dreams. In this webinar series, forest owners, rural landowners, homesteaders and future landowners will learn about the basics of rural land ownership, paths to caring for their land and ways to achieve their goals for rural living. 

Dates: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Zoom Webinar

Cost: FREE – please plan to attend all three sessions!

Workshop Overview

Day 1: Introduction to Ten Acres and a Dream, Forestry, and Landowner Experiences

Day 2: All About Soils and Growing Crops

Day 3: Livestock Production & Management-Intensive Grazing Practices

Workshop Topics

Forestry fundamentals

Homestead planning

Growing fruits, vegetables, and other crops of small acreages

Raising livestock on small acreages

Rural living


Workshop Presenters

Samantha Ball, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County

Tess Hahn, Idaho Master Forest Stewards, Bah Bah Blacktail Farm, Careywood, ID

Jennifer Jensen, University of Idaho Extension, Bonner County

Rebecca Mills, University of Idaho, Gem County

Sean Mitzel, Idaho Master Forest Stewards, Homesteading Consultant, Cocalalla, ID

Kate Painter, University of Idaho Extension, Boundary County

Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension, Panhandle Area Forestry

Dean Sutton, Idaho Master Forest Stewards

​Please note:  The primary focus of this workshop is general information for rural landowners with an interest in homesteading. It does not focus on commercial crop and livestock management or farm and ranch business management.

An Idaho Forest Stewardship program is co-sponsored by:

University of Idaho Extension

Idaho Department of Lands

USDA – Forest Service


For more information, please contact Kate Painter, University of Idaho Extension Boundary County , or Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension, Panhandle Area Forestry


Special thanks to Colette DePhelps, UI Extension Community Food Systems Area Educator, and Mackenzie Lawrence, UI Extension Community Food Systems Administrative Coordinator for making this workshop available online!


For technical assistance registering or accessing course resources, please contact Mackenzie.


College of Agricultural & Life Sciences / College of Natural Resources

The University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educational Institution

University of Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Idaho Counties Cooperating

Living on the Land

This course consists of a series of classes designed to meet the needs of participants in the region where it is offered.

Topics include:

Choosing farm equipment

What to do about weeds

Market and organic gardening

Pasture establishment and renovation

Caring for animals

Water quality

Feeds and feeding

Your living soil

Grazing management

Living on the Land has been offered in Ada, Canyon, Payette, Washington and Gem counties and interest continues to grow.

This course varies based on your county, but a typical format has:

Weekly meetings for 8 - 12 weeks

2-3 hours in the evening for each meeting

Tours and individual site visits/consulting

Costs often less than $250 for two people

Soil and water tests, textbook, course notebook all included