Rock Bottom Farms – Learning

What we teach here at Rock Bottom Farms, and our different sites, facilities, programs, workshops, and virtual learning endeavors.

“As We move forward with our mission to facilitate food and energy independence – we are embarking on this endeavor to create a sustainable community training farm.  Where will demonstrate the principles and methods in a learning environment for others to take back home and help spread the vision.”

Ethan The Farmer, Founder &Executive Director GTKYF Foundation Inc

Here are some of the aspects we envision incorporating into these sustainable community training and demonstration facilities:

(Not all facilities will offer all subjects or training, Please contact the specific location to verify the courses being currently offered out of that facility. As well, many of the courses are availible remotely, and via our up and coming learning center. We can and will provide workshops and demonstrations based on these topics across the country, please contact us to discuss your needs. Thank You)

Sustainable Agricultural:

  • Poultry:
    • Brooding & Hatching, designed to teach basic poultry raising, and to provide chicks and pullets for sale and use throughout our organization and the community.  Teaching the skills necessary to hatch a variety of poultry from small to medium scale, using sustainable and natural methods wherever possible.
    • Poultry Tractors and Free Range Pastured Poultry. Incorporating rotational grazing, and the principles of the American Pastured Poultry Association. As well as in depth course work on natural pasture management.
    • Including these types of poultry: Heritage Breed Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Hens, Pea Fowl, Pheasants, Quail, Pigeons,  and Heritage Turkeys.
  • Livestock: The course where we can teach others about their animals, how to train them, and the skills necessary for working, training, breeding, and raising animals on the sustainable farm, ranch, or homestead.  Again , using natural methods where ever possible. Working with nature instead of against it.
    • Including goats, cows, sheep, llamas, alpacas, horses, rabbits, dogs, and more.
    • Pigs: Where we will teach and  breed pastured pork and the raising of pastured pork.  Pig Shares will be available. This program includes the use of pigs to prepare land for crops and is a pasture based natural pork program.
    • Goats: Teaching breeding, and raising. Goat Meat and goat Milk. This Program will provide Raw Goat Milk Shares. One specific area this program will include is using Goats for natural weed control. All Livestock are pastured and grass fed.
    • Sheep: Teaching Raising; Sheep Shares – Mutton, Wool and Lamb shares.  There is also the possibility of adding raw sheep milk shares in this program. All livestock is pastured and grass fed.
    • Cattle: Teaching Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle and Raw Milk Shares.  This program uses a completely natural approach, no steroids, all natural grass based diet, on pastured cattle.
    • Rabbit: Teaching raising and breeding rabbits naturally, in pastured settings for meat and fur- Rabbit meat shares are part of this program.
  • Aqua – Ponics and Areo Ponics: Using natural methods to grow high intensity crops and fish, prawns, crawdads. Including ebb and flow, raft, tower, and salad wall systems.
  • Horticulture:
    • “Field Crops:” Rotational, companion planting. cover crops, Natural nutrient management, natural pest control, heirloom crop production, agri – tourism, and niche markets. Are some of the topics we cover.
    • “Market Gardens”:  All of the topics covered in “Field Crops”, with an emphasis on “direct to consumer” sales of naturally grown produce and fruit.  This is more of the backyard, urban, or homesteader looking to subsidize and diversify their income stream. A market garden is typically less than five acres, and more than 50 square feet.
      • We will be adding “value added products” aspect in the near future. Covering such things as baked goods, canned goods, homemade foods, and crafts.
      • On site Market Gardens: Where we grow and teach others to grow food for sale and provide to those who cannot afford good healthy natural produce. We will donate  15% to shelters and food banks, 15% to those who volunteer, and 70% to the retail market at prices that are affordable to the average person.  We will also be offering vegetable shares. This program uses the ethican principles of permaculture, non-GMO, Heritage seeds, in a water wise natural friendly manor. All of the aspects of this are done using diversification, crop rotation, no chemicals and all natural methods.
    • “Truck Patches”: This is for the larger projects that are not “field crops” but are larger than a typical market garden. includes all of the aspects mentioned in “market gardens” as well as a section on having a “Farm Stand”, either on site or involved in a farmers market, co – op, or CSA.
    • Perma culture: Sheet mulching, companion planting, square foot growing, and many other aspects that can be applied to the above courses of “field crops”, “market gardens”, or “truck patches”. As well as your personal efforts to grow, and produce natural healthy food.
      This program uses the ethic-an principles of permaculture, non-GMO, Heritage seeds, in a water wise natural friendly manor. All of the aspects of this are done using diversification, crop rotation, no chemicals and all natural methods.
    • Wapinis: the underground “green house”. Course work including the design, construction, maintenance, and growing in these diverse unique structures.
      On site sub – Grade Green House (wapini): Where we teach and use to grow aquaponics, seedlings, and food.  This requires a south facing structure partly below grade using the natural heating and cooling properties of the earth, as well as “thermal mass” to help facilitate an off the grid operation. This facility will also serve as a training program year round.
    • Mycology: Mushroom cultivation, and foraging
    • Vermiculture: The cultivation and growing of worms.
    • “Food Forests”: Taking food production one step farther. Pros, cons, and how to aspects.
    • Composting: How to recycle organic matter into healthy soil and many reasons why.
    • Living Roof Program:  Teaching and growing food on your existing roof systems.
  • Apiary: Working with, cultivating healthy pollinators, and raising honey bees. Growing crops and working within the complex relationships between pollinators and their environment. protecting and conscientiously growing for the mutual benefit of the environment and the pollinators. 

The Trades:

  • Construct Program: (in conjunction with our STEP GROUP) Where we will use reclaimed materials whenever possible to rehab the facilities to make them functional. This program will also be used  for training and re-tooling participants, volunteers, and interns to build the following types of projects for expansion to their communities, their lives, and society as a whole:
    • Tiny Houses – offer a way to provide an affordable path to home ownership for all. Providing housing alternatives to those who otherwise could not be able to achieve home ownership. These tiny houses also are a viable option for those desiring to embark on their dream of “Off the Grid” Living. We plan to not only allow people to “work off their home,” but also would like to rent, and “rent to own” these structures. In the Metro areas in the proximity to the Rock Bottom Farms Facilities these “tiny houses” can be utilized to help address the ever growing homeless plight in our communities.  By allowing those desiring to achieve a stable residence the ability to build sweat equity and work off the cost of construction of their very own tiny house, while retooling them with marketable skills with which to better their lives.
    • “Tiny Greenhouses” – Mobile greenhouses built on trailers, can include aquaponic / areoponic systems,  assisting those who do not have room for a green house with a mobile option for a greenhouse.  We plan to sell, rent and “rent to own” these to people pursuing food independence. As well as provide the opportunity for sweat equity, and working off the value of their green house, while learning valuable retooling skills that provide them additional ability to exist in our society.
    • Poultry Coops – Poultry Nesting Boxes – Poultry Tractors – we will build and produce structures from recycled materials that are both aesthetically  pleasing and functional at affordable prices to facilitate their journey to food independence. All while using recycle and reclaimed materials when ever possible. Selling, renting, and “rent to own” these structures as well.
    • Goat, Sheep,  Pig, and Calf Tractors – A livestock tractor is a device used to facilitate the natural use of livestock to maintain the land to promote rotational grazing, as well good animal and land management.  These devices are moved around the land to allow for the selective grazing and rotating of the animals.  Goats, sheep, pigs, calves, rabbits, and poultry are the most common animals for tractors.  These structures will be provided at below market value (sold, rented, and rent to own) to persons looking to participate in the journey to food independence, using reclaimed and recycled materials.
    • Garden Structures – raised garden bed kits, “hot houses”, pre-assembled units and kits, and tiered raised bed towers.  sold, rented, and rent to own below market value.
    • Bee Hives – using recycled materials to teach people about bees, and the importance of bee hives and pollinators.
    • Bat Boxes – using recycled materials to help people understand this very misunderstood animal.  Bats are a great way to provide sustainable insect control and wonderful organic soil amendments.
    • Bird Feeders and Bird Houses –  providing much needed habitat and visually  pleasing wild bird habitat.
    • Rabbit Hutches and pens – construct rabbit hutches and pens to provide people with an economical way to grow rabbits for food.
    • Sheds, Barns, and Lean To Structures – using reclaimed materials to build the structures for use in urban homesteads and in rural agriculture.
    • Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, and Hotboxes -providing an economical way for people to extend their growing season and achieve food independence.
    • Off the Grid Growing systems –  Both onsite and custom kits to help facilitate people in gaining food and energy independence.
    • Alternate Energy Systems – Bio Digester Systems, Gasification Systems, Geo Thermal Mini Systems, Alternate Solar, Mini Hydroelectric and more…  All designed and built using reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible.
    • Aquaponics Kits and Systems –  to help people grow food year round and in limited space environments. Including Vertical Growing Systems, Micro Greens, Fodder, Duck Weed, Mushrooms, Beneficial Insects, Worms, Traditional Vegetables and more.
    • Trailer Construction -repair, construct, and customize trailers for use in natural agriculture – energy and food independence, as well as the base for the Tiny Houses.

Other aspects and courses of Rock Bottom Farms:

  • Foster Sustainability:
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose and Reclaim
    Develop the “can do attitude” and retraining from the mentality of a disposable society. When we apply an attitude of repairing what is broken, verses throwing it away, across the board in our lives, it will go along way in developing a strong and healthy community.
  • Direct Relationships
    Eliminate the middle man – deal directly with the providers of goods and services locally. Direct to Consumer sales pipeline for small businesses and agricultural related endeavors.
  • Off Grid Systems: Unplug from the matrix!
    Through the use of alternative energy systems and growing ones own food developing a strong local connection, Not reliant on environmentally destructive processes for food and energy.
  • The Mentality of Community
    • Bunk House: To help build team comradery, and  for those in training, to reside and learn in a community environment. This can also be used to provide housing to those in transition, and needing to get off the streets, as a stepping stone in their lives.
    • Co Op: Designed to facilitate and teach Co Op farmers markets in the communities we are involved in.  This Program can be in conjunction or independent of the training farm project.
    • Community Housing: Where a community of people contribute to the operation and live withing the community – this program can also be used to teach and provide an arena for those interested in this type of life to experience it first hand. A scaled cooperative housing concept, based on respect and sustainability, for families and single persons.
  • “Retooling” – teaching people skills and retooling them for a better life.
  • A direct tie in to our STEP Group, providing “Skills Training and Employment”
  • Workshops currently availible: Click here
  • Media and Production Program: Where we teach and encourage the use of various media platforms in association with our Farm Fresh Media Organization. Can produce Documentaries, radio, TV, articles, and educational stories and production.

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