Cheesemaking Class at Shanti Farm

Did you know that you can make your own cheese at home? Well you can and it is surprisingly easy.

Join Slow Food Leader and Homesteader, Pam Carlton, for this fun, interactive class.  You will be making (and tasting) a simple chevre (soft goat cheese) and mozzarella.   You will go home with some cheese as well as the recipes so you can make these cheeses again at home!

This class is for ages 16 and up.  Limited to 6 participants so everyone gets a hands on experience.  A minimum of 4 participants is needed for the class to run.

Next class: June 15

Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat – How to Cook for Spring

The four seasons provide a natural rhythm to keep us in optimal health. Traditionally, each season brings new foods to the table. Eating seasonally supports health and wellness by helping our bodies adjust to the weather, our energy and activity levels, and more.

Spring is the season of new life. Come Spring, we get restless for change, for cleansing and newness, for the sun and renewed energy, for recommitting to our dreams. Nature gives us what we need to support this mood. A growing garden, green Spring vegetables, fresh eggs, and the sun feeds our body, energy, and mind.

If you need to change your diet or learn more cooking skills for health reasons, weight issues, can’t-get-dinner-on-the-table issues, or just because you love to learn, this weekend is for you!

Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!

Note – this is a ticketed event and may sell out.  Tickets are sold for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.

10th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Mateo

The annual Spring Garden Market is a plant sale and educational fair brought to you by the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.

We offer more than 5,000 vegetable plants, herb starts, and succulents to get your home garden started. You’ll discover a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, other vegetables and herbs that have been expertly selected and lovingly grown by us for you.

We’ve carefully chosen top-performing varieties for each microclimate, ensuring that you’ll have a productive and flourishing garden this year.

There will be educational tables to help you select the best plants for your garden, and we’ll provide tips on how best to plant, grow and care for your new seedlings. Don’t miss our other activities and features too, including our exhibit and sale of beautiful succulent arrangements.

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