The 2017 Boston Mountains Homesteading Workshop is set for April 22 at the market pavilion on Front Street in Chester.

Registration for the workshop is at 8:45 a.m. and the workshop will include three sessions of classes beginning at 9 a.m. There are 27 classes offered for ages 6-12 and ages 13 and older.

Classes include cake decorating, basic wine making, raising goats, proper dry food storage and the basics of survival for the older group, and seed starting, recycling and making cane fishing poles for children.

Each class is $10 if registered by April 15 and $15 after. Classes for ages 6-12 are $5 per class, and children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

Those that sign up for a full day of four classes by April 15 will receive a $5 coupon to be used at the concession stand for lunch that day. Those with special dietary needs should bring their own lunch.

Refreshments and cookies will be available to workshop participants. A Frost Cutlery Aggressor tactical folding knife will be raffled at lunch.

A homesteading exposition will take place during the workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exposition is free for those attending the workshop and $1 for the public.

Chester Farmer’s Market and Poultry Swap is organizing the homesteading event. Money raised from the workshop will go toward continued improvements at the farmer’s market pavilion including a handicap accessible ramp, organizers said.

Participants should have cash on hand for classes that require an additional fee or to purchase exposition items. Debit and credit cards will not be accepted.

Registration forms are available at the Chester Country Cafe or Mountainburg Elementary School, or can be requested via email at For more information contact Staci Beauford at (479) 831-7014.

Chester’s Farmer’s Market as well as Mountainburg Farmer’s Market recently received $400 for advertising through the Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program administered through the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

Organizers for both markets said the money will be used for signs to make the farmer’s markets more visible.