"FEMA recommend's Americans to educate and empower themselves by following simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies.  FEMA asks individuals to do three key things:  get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses."   HPC advocates and promotes FEMA recommendations.  HPC will follow FEMA guidelines and provide the community with emergency readiness programs. 

Programs for Businesses or Organizations

HPC can design programs to fit the need of your business or organization.    Team members can create a program according to your specified demographic population or create programs to increase safety awareness and build preparedness skills.   Any of the programs listed in home and personal preparedness can be included in a custom designed workshop.  Contact HPC to schedule an appointment with a team member to help you with your programming needs.   

Home and Personal Preparedness


Emergency Car Kit Basics

  Most of our travels are routine trips to work, shopping or family outings and we arrive at our destinations without any unexpected events. But what if your car won't start or you have a flat tire?  Do you have the tools in the car to fix the problem?  What are the weather conditions?  Do you have a blanket to keep the family warm while you are waiting for help or fixing the vehicle?  What else may you need?  In this class we will demonstrate how to create an emergency car kit and we will give participants checklists to take home to help them create their own kit.

Emergency Car Kit Workshop

This workshop will help participants create custom emergency car kits.  Toolbox and contents included in workshop fee.

Emergency bag Basics

There are several types of emergency bags but we will address items that should be carried everyday.  Just by adding a few small extra items to your bag may save your life.  These items are inexpensive and lightweight.  We will demonstrate how to create an emergency bag and we will give participants checklists to take home to help them create their own bag.

Emergency Bag Workshop

This workshop will help participants create custom emergency bags.  Bags and contents included in workshop fee.


Emergency grab and go binder Basics

  Do you have your birth certificates, car titles, social security cards, bank records, mortgage statements and other pertinent documents in a location that will be accessible to you in an emergency event?  We will demonstrate how to create a grab and go binder.  We will give participants binder inserts and checklists to take home and create their own binder.


 Do you have a supply of food for a winter emergency?  If you are ill and cannot go to the store, do you have someone that can bring food supplies to you?  FEMA recommends that you have at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.  In this class we will discuss types of food to store, how to store, and participants will leave with food supply checklists.

Homesteading Series



 Reinventing Granny's lost traditional domestic skills.  Modern homemakers discovering how to create a healthy and simple lifestyle.


Foundation classes

Grandma's Surprise Recipes - What do you have in the cabinet?  Make what you have.

How to make Homemade Bread - Participants will make and bake their own bread.  At the end of the class partcipants will take a loaf of fresh bread home.

How to make Homemade Noodles

How to make Homemade Cheese / Butter

How to make a Homemade Pie

How to make Homemade Pretzels

How to Make Homemade Carmel Corn - Do you or a family member have a peanut allergy?  Most commerically produced carmel corn has peanuts in it.  By making carmel corn yourself you will save money and enjoy a treat that tastes better.  In this class participants will make carmel corn and take a bag home.

How to substitute food when you're out of an ingredient


Alternative Cooking Sources and Foods

Cooking with a Homemade Solar Oven

Cooking with a Dutch Oven

Cooking with Cast Iron and Cast Iron Basics

Cooking with a Rocket Stove or Pocket Stove

Learn to Sprout Seeds and Cook Stir Fry 

Learn to Grow Mushrooms

Foraging and How to Use

How to Cook a Rabbit (  Lee's Video ) 

Preserving Food

Dehydrating Basics

Freezing Food and Using a Vacuum Sealer

Water Bath Canning 

Pressure Canning Basics

Cooking with Herbs

Cooking with chives

Cooking with basil

Cooking with oregano

Cooking with rosemary


Seed Saving and Starting Seeds - This workshop is a hands on class with participants putting together a seed starting kit.  Participants will take their kits home and care for their plants until time to plant them in their gardens or containers.

Planning a garden and garden basics - Each workshop participant will have a HPC instructor visit their home to conduct a soil test, evaluate garden site, and develop a garden plan. After garden visits are completed participants will attend a garden basics workshop.  For participants that are tenants HPC can design an alternative garden plan for you.      

Container gardening - This class is designed for partcipants that have small garden spaces or have physical limitations.

Raised bed basics and how to build a simple raised bed

Alternative gardening solutions - Strawbale gardening, no till gardening, and bag gardening.  

Planning a winter garden and winter crops basics

How to make a cold frame and a hoop house

Indoor Food Production


Urban Beekeeping

Urban Chicken Keeping


Around the Homestead Basic Skills

Sewing, Crocheting and Soap Making

How to crochet a rope basket.

How to crochet a winter scarf.

How to crochet a blanket.

Soap Making - Save money by making your own hand soap and laundry soap.  This is a great class for anyone who has sensitive skin and needs to use a gentle soap on their skin.  


Automotive Basics

Automotive Maintenance 101 - Learn to check your vehicle's fluids and filter and then replace and refill.

Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance 101 -

Primitive and Survival Skills

How to set snares and traps

How to skin an animal

How to prepare an animal to cook

How to start a fire

How to build a shelter