Urban homesteaders who like to make their own stuff will want to make room in February for a series of classes on cheese, coffee, canning, gardening and garbage. Organized by White Rock Local Market, the classes take place at Gecko Hardware, the hipster farm supply store in Lakewood.
The series begins on February 1, with a cheese demonstration by BethAnn Hooley of Rosey Ridge Farm, from 10 am to 1 pm. Hooley shares techniques and recipes on how to make feta, cheddar and mozzarella. Rosey Ridge Farm is a dairy farm south of Fort Worth that sells raw milk and raw cheese. The class is $40 per person and includes light snack and refreshments.
On February 8, the topic is coffee roasting. From 10 to 11:30 am, Marta and Kevin Sprague from Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters demonstrate how to roast beans in a small home roaster, cast iron skillet or popcorn popper. Cost is $20 per person and includes Noble Coyote coffee beans roasted in class to brew at home.
February 15, it's pickling and preserving. From 10 am to noon, Kathy Neumuller, of JJ&B Jellies Jams and Butters, and Lisa Staffelbach, from 24 Carrot Health, share their expertise in hot bath canning, making fruit preserves and shelf-safe pickling. Cost is $30 per person and includes JJ&B preserves and quick pickles made in class.
On February 22, the class covers garbage. Texas Worm Ranch's Heather Rinaldi instructs students to "love thy garbage" with a presentation on the benefits of vermi-composting, how to set up and care for worm bins, and how to use worm castings to improve organic and landscaping success. The class is from 10 to 11 am, and it costs $20 per person.
An additional class, called Keyhole Gardening with Garden Inspirations, takes place on February 23 at White Rock Local Garden, 10222 Galway Dr. Mother and daughter Marilyn and Donelle Simmons describe how to grow the maximum amount of food in a small space, as well as how to use refuse to create a "hot bed" of biological activity. The day-long class (9 am to 3 pm) is $50 per person and includes snacks and refreshments.
To purchase tickets, go to the White Rock Local Market website.