What is Homesteading?

Homesteading is most commonly perceived as building a home and growing your own food.

At Lodestar, the definition of homesteading consists of 8 components: Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle through responsible food and energy production, conserving water, efficient shelter construction, diligent animal husbandry, a commitment to recycling waste, a philosophy of respectful land stewardship and community networking.

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Homesteading Apprenticeship Program Principles

Our Motto:

Living things first. Joy in all things.


Our Over-Arching Learning Objective:

Through a variety of perspectives students will optimize their ability to create their own self-reliant lifestyles.


Our Goal:

To assist in uplifting and transforming our world by providing a template for personal sovereignty.

Certification Qualifications

Lodestar Homesteading Certification is awarded to those students who:
Attend a full year-long program (required).

1.    Fulfill the requirements in the eight homesteading disciplines: Art & Philosophy, Agriculture, Energy Generating Systems, Water Systems, Food Preparation and Preservation, Herbal Studies, Shelter Building Alternatives, and Community Building (80% of certification points).

2.    Complete a final project that reflects their greatest homesteading interest (10% cert points).

3.    Participate in a local community organization, project, or event(s) over the course of the year (farmers markets qualify) (10% cert  points).

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Who is the HAP 

Program Designed For?

The optimal candidate for the HAP program is 18 years of age or older, physically fit, enjoys solitude as much as teamwork, enjoys a variety of activities as much as rigid routine, delights in innovation, problem solving, and building community, has a passion to expand consciousness (mind-spirit-body) and learn from others and Nature.


Lodestar Gardens is a FREE ZONE: smoke-free, cannabis-free, drug-free, hate-free. As much as possible, we eat what we grow and cook healthy recipes according to participants’ diets.

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A Day in the Life

Of A Hap


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Everything You Need


At  Lodestar's HAP school  we offer a wide range of courses and an all inclusive experience to get you started. Tuition includes:

  • Daily Classes

  • Peer to Peer Support

  • Comfortable Accommodations

  • Three Meals Per Day

  • 24 Hour Wi-Fi Access

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The Road to


Starts with Hands-on Education

Tuition costs starting

at just $38/day!

Sign up today  and to begin your journey to independence.  Space is limited, so act now. 

Our Students Say it Best

"Staying and working on your property

has been an experience I will never forget.

I swear I haven't felt

this good in years.

Can't wait to come back"

- Handwritten Note, Aria, Student 2018

"The year I spent as farm manager

at Lodestar Gardens Learning

Center was easily one of the

more enlightening and worthwhile

challenges that I have undertaken."

-Mark Nelson, LCLC Farm Manager, 2016

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Towards Enrollment