From posts on Pinterest to its own cable TV channel, DIY - the acronym for Do It Yourself - may seem like "the" hot new thing. But at Primrose Farm, DIY is just SOP - standard operating procedure. Farmers have always been masters of the art of self-sufficiency and now three new programs let the staff at Primrose Farm share some of those abilities with people who want to try their hands at old skills now enjoying a cool new cachet.

"We not only want to bring people out to the farm, we want to bring the farm to our participants," said Emily Lambillotte, Farms Programs Supervisor. "With a lot of these DIY classes, you are able to learn new skills and hobbies that you can take with you even outside of the course."

The first of Primrose Farm's DIY classes begins on Thursday, October 5 with a Candle Making course led by Lambillotte herself. Open to children as young as age 6, this 1-hour class will begin with a brief overview of the candle-making process, followed by a step-by-step tutorial. Participants can choose their own design, color and scent to craft a take-home wax creation along with the knowledge of how to continue candle-making at home whenever they want.

The same goes for the second course in the DIY series, Homemade Cheese. "Many people imagine cheese making as something that is too complex or difficult to do outside of a farm setting," said Lambillotte. "We hope to change that perspective and open people up to hobbies they have never really considered."

The cheese making course will take place on Thursday, October 12, with a lesson on making - and, best yet, taking home - delicious mozzarella cheese. The course is open to participants age 7 and above, making it a fun event for children, families and young adults who want to acquire an unusual and impressive new skill.

And for anyone who has ever wondered how the proliferation of craft brewing got started, the third DIY fall course on "Brew Your Own Beer" will give insights into how so many brewmasters began their trade. Mark Gres, a brewery instructor from Scorches Earth Brewing Company in Algonquin will be on hand on Thursday, October 19, to offer a step-by-step program on how participants ages 21 and older can create their very own beer at home.

Class size is limited and registration is required. The cost of the candle- and cheese-making courses is $10 for residents/$15 for nonresidents; the cost of the "Brew Your Own Beer" program is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.

For more information on the DIY series of classes, contact Emily Lambillotte at 630-513-4382.