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We educate through hands-on experiences - for the seasoned and the beginner. We offer modern solutions to Homesteading and Practical Sustainability, including:

  • Homestead stays and tours

  • Native plants and animal workshops

  • Full-build construction with natural materials. 





  • Worksite safety

  • Building codes and permitting

  • Solar (PV) design and installation

  • Other off-grid design considerations (water/sewer)

  • How to find containers

  • How to have the containers delivered to your site

  • Siting the container

  • Permanent vs. temporary location considerations

  • Foundation options

  • Windows and door design and structural considerations

  • Interior layouts

  • Material choices – light vs. heavy, cheap vs. expensive

  • Keeping the container watertight

  • Basic framing techniques

  • Basic electric wiring

  • Basic plumbing (greywater/composting toilet/conventional)

  • Insulation options

  • Interior finishes


Tools You Will Learn To Use And Operate

  • Plasma cutter

  • Welder

  • Grinders

  • Pneumatic nailers

  • Numerous hand and power tools

Continued Learning

  • Two free 30-minute follow-up consulting sessions with Cappie ($300 value)

  • Digital blueprints of the build ($2,000 value)

  • Resource/tool guide


A Chance To Win

  • 1 free raffle ticket to win the container you helped build! (Ticket value: $100 value; Container value: $85,000)


Free Vittles

  • Catered lunch Monday thru Thursday

  • Sunday night meet & greet (food and drink provided)

  • Thursday night wrap-up Pizza Party (baked in wood-fired cob oven!)



  • Personal protection equipment (PPE)

  • Gloves

  • Ear protection

  • Eye protection


Things to Remember Me By

  • A professional photographer will capture photo and video, which will be made available to you at no cost (for your Instagramming pleasure!)

  • Black Hills Homestead pint glass, made locally by Dykstra Pottery

  • Black Hills Homestead T-shirt

  • A crisp high-five (daily)



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