Institute of Urban Homesteading

Oakland, CA
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IUH classes take place in the private homes and gardens of our instructors or at other community homestead sites. We are locally based and most classes are in Oakland or Berkeley.

While there are some drawbacks to not having a permanent physical location, there are also many benefits. First we know that you, our potential student, are curious to see how active homesteaders create sustainable spaces in the city. Being invited into our instructors' home or garden is one way they can teach by example and show you what is possible. Teachers also get to teach in an environment that is familiar and comfortable, which in turn creates a kind of intimate learning not available in a classroom. Finally, not paying rent for a physical location allows us to keep our class fees low while still paying teachers reasonably for their effort.