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June Classes

June 4
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

June 11
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Brew Your Own Kombucha -Bryan Deane Bertsch

June 18
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Hard Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

June 25

 

 

May Classes

May 7
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Intro to Beekeeping-Jacquelynn Goessling

May 12
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

May 211:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Home Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

April Classes

April 2
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Backyard Mushroom Basics- Jeremy McAdams

April 9
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

April 16
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Edible Landscaping and the Eco:Yard
Dina Kountoupes

April 23

 

Straw Bale Gardening - Kate Clarity
April 30
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies

March Classes

March 5
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Seed Starting Basics Courtney Tchida

March 12
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

March 26
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

February Classes

February 13
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Intro to Permaculture
Matt Frank

February 20
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Hard Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

February 27
1:00 -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

January Classes

January 9
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Worm Composting Elizabeth Carls

January 16
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Brew Your Own Kombucha -Bryan Deane Bertsch

January 23
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Home Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

January 30
1:00pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

Classes - 2016

 

Part of our store mission is to offer classes in all areas of urban homesteading. Please check this page for updates as we add classes to our calendar. Most of our classes are on Saturday afternoons unless otherwise noted.

You can now sign up for our classes through Eventbrite. Click the link next to a particular class to register for the class or click the button here to see the list of upcoming classes.

Note: Eventbrite adds a service charge to register online.

Eventbrite - Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply Classes

To register through the store, call 651-645-0818 to pay with a credit card or to make some other arrangement. Payment is required for registration. We will also need a contact phone number and email where we can reach you in the event of a change in the schedule. Call 651-645-0818 or e-mail leslie@eggplantsupply with questions.

June 2016 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, June 4, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

How to Brew Your Own Kombucha - Bryan Deane Bertsch
Saturday, June 11, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $25, includes starter culture - Sign Up!

Join Bryan Deane Bertsch, brewmaster of Deane's Kombucha, for a 90 minute class that includes instruction on how to brew your own great tasting Kombucha at home. Learn the first fermentation process, which yields a great basic Kombucha, ready to drink on its own. And learn the nuances of the second fermentation and confidently add your own flavors to bring a unique taste and sparkling effervescence to each bottle. Take home a Study Guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your Kombucha adventure right away.

This is a fun, interactive class that includes samplings of several different varieties of kombucha. Be ready to quench your kombucha thirst and feel free to ask questions!

Hard Cheesemaking: Cheddar makes everything better - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, June 18, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 - Sign Up!

This class will give an overview of home cheese making with a focus on pressed cheeses.  The class will take you through the steps of making fresh cheddar cheese curds and steps in pressing and aging cheddar.  Other topics will include fresh cheese, soft, semi soft and hard type cheese, milk composition, rennet, cultures, tools and equipment for home cheese making.

Sean Jones has been a culinary arts instructor for 7 years at Saint Paul College. He has worked locally at the Marsh, Lucia’s, Vincent, and W.A Frost as well as in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas (most notably for Chef Paul Bartolotta) Sean has worked throughout his restaurant and education career to incorporate and spread awareness about sustainable foods and food systems.

May 2016 Classes

Intro to Beekeeping - Jacquelynn Goessling
Saturday May 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $20 - Sign Up!

Become one with the hive mind with this informational overview of backyard beekeeping. This short class will answer all of the questions you have about whether you are ready to become a backyard beekeeper. Topics covered include hive boxes and equipment, rules and regulations,seasonal care, lifecycle of the honey bee, breeds, apiary suppliers and more.

Jacquelynn Goessling runs United Nectar, an urban apiary in its fifth year with 14 urban hives throughout the Twin Cities.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, May 14, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Home Cheesemaking - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, May 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Sign Up!
Cost: $30

This class will introduce you to soft, semi soft, and hard type cheeses. We will cover local, and regional cheeses as well as basic home cheese making. Chef Sean will demonstrate how to make ricotta and fresh mozzarella. Other topics will include milk composition, rennet, cultures, tools and equipment for home cheesemaking, as well as resources for the home cheese maker.

Sean Jones has been a culinary arts instructor for 6 years at Saint Paul College. He has worked locally at the Marsh, Lucia’s, Vincent, and W.A Frost as well as in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas (most notably for Chef Paul Bartolotta) Sean has worked throughout his restaurant and education career to incorporate and spread awareness about sustainable foods and food systems.

April 2016 Classes

Backyard Mushroom Basics - Jeremy McAdams
Saturday April 2th, 1:00 -2:30 pm
Cost: $38 including oyster mushroom log kit - Sign Up!

Growing your own gourmet mushrooms can be easy and nearly maintenance free - perfect for backyards and community garden plots. Learn what mycelium is and how to start and care for garden mushrooms and large-diameter mushroom logs. You will also get a peek at how we grow mushrooms at Cherry Tree House Mushrooms.

Each participant will inoculate his or her own oyster mushroom log to take home- which should fruit mushrooms in a matter of months! Read-to-fruit shiitake logs will also be available for purchase.

Jeremy McAdams runs Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC, an urban farm in south Minneapolis and Ham Lake that provides log-grown shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms and log kits to Twin Cities markets, restaurants, vegetable CSAs and stores.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, April 9, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Edible Landscaping and the Eco:Yard - Dina Kountoupes
Saturday April 16th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost $20 - Sign Up!

Learn all about incorporating edible plants into your landscape- from beautiful accents of red peppers and purple kale to gorgeously designed and fully productive yards that feed the people, pollinators, and the planet. Dina Kountoupes is the owner of Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes, a local business that helps individuals, businesses, schools, and community organizations transform urban landscapes into edible abundance.

Straw Bale Gardening - Kate Clarity
Saturday, April 23, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $25 - Sign Up!

If you think the only place to grow healthy crops is in black dirt, you must attend this class. You will learn how to grow a bountiful garden earlier in the year, without herbicides or insecticides and without weeding. Learn how to plant a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and even beautiful flower gardens, directly into your "conditioned" straw bales. Straw bale gardens are perfect for small spaces, limited sun, balconies, patios, rooftops and driveways! 

Kate Clarity is a Certified Straw Bale Gardening Instructor. Her passion for gardening started as a child and has grown with her. She loves experimenting with plants; whether it’s taking cuttings, starting something new from seed, trying her hand at grafting, or trying new methods of growing.  She graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Landscape/Horticulture and is also a Certified Urban Farmer. Over the years she has become increasingly interested in edible landscaping, food forest gardening and growing crops.  Her classes are always fun, educational and will inspire you to learn how to grow your own food with confidence!

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

March 2016 Classes

Seed Starting Basics - Courtney Tchida
Saturday, March 5, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $20 - Sign Up!

It's time! Starting your own seeds allows you to pick varieties you love, grow many plants for less money, and brighten up late winter days with the promise of summer gardens. Learn about seed selection, seed starting soil mixes, flats and pots, lighting, temperature and fertilizers for optimum growth.

Courtney Tchida is currently the Student Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota where she coordinates the graduate and undergraduate minors in sustainable agriculture and the Cornercopia Student Organic Farm. She is a member of the Teacher's Guild of the Permaculture Research Institute - Cold Climate.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, March 12, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, March 26, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

February 2016 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Hard Cheesemaking: Cheddar makes everything better - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, February 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $25 - Sign Up!

This class will give an overview of home cheese making with a focus on pressed cheeses.  The class will take you through the steps of making fresh cheddar cheese curds and steps in pressing and aging cheddar.  Other topics will include fresh cheese, soft, semi soft and hard type cheese, milk composition, rennet, cultures, tools and equipment for home cheese making.

Sean Jones has been a culinary arts instructor for 7 years at Saint Paul College. He has worked locally at the Marsh, Lucia’s, Vincent, and W.A Frost as well as in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas (most notably for Chef Paul Bartolotta) Sean has worked throughout his restaurant and education career to incorporate and spread awareness about sustainable foods and food systems.

Intro to Permaculture: Growing Food in the City Using Regenerative Landscape Design - Matt Frank
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $20 - Sign Up!

"Interested in growing your own food in the city? Heard of the term 'permaculture'? Learn more about utilizing permaculture to design ecologically-friendly edible landscapes at an introductory permaculture course taught by Matt Frank, Founder of From the Ground Up North. Come learn how to can grow abundant amounts of healthy food while simultaneously promoting biodiversity and habitat for beneficial pollinators.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the ways in which permaculture can be utilized to develop alternative, regenerative systems of food production and renewable energy storage. They'll also learn about permaculture designs specific to creating efficient, small-scale, edible urban gardens. Participants will leave the class with the necessary knowledge to begin implementing permaculture design in their own spaces, yards and community gardens."

Matt Frank is Founder of From the Ground Up North, a sustainable agriculture education hub that cultivates awareness of healthy food, healthy environments and healthy communities through story telling, advocacy and resource sharing. Matt also serves as an active Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate Board member and an Environmental Researcher at Minneapolis-based environmental think tank Dovetail Partners where he specializes in urban agriculture, permaculture and green stormwater management research. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and is a certified Permaculture Designer and a certified Urban Farmer.

January 2016 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, January 30, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over seven years.  They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Home Cheesemaking - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, January 23, 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Sign Up!
Cost: $25

This class will introduce you to soft, semi soft, and hard type cheeses. We will cover local, and regional cheeses as well as basic home cheese making. Chef Sean will demonstrate how to make ricotta and fresh mozzarella. Other topics will include milk composition, rennet, cultures, tools and equipment for home cheesemaking, as well as resources for the home cheese maker.

Sean Jones has been a culinary arts instructor for 6 years at Saint Paul College. He has worked locally at the Marsh, Lucia’s, Vincent, and W.A Frost as well as in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas (most notably for Chef Paul Bartolotta) Sean has worked throughout his restaurant and education career to incorporate and spread awareness about sustainable foods and food systems.

How to Brew Your Own Kombucha - Bryan Deane Bertsch
Saturday, January 16, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $25, includes starter culture, Sign Up!

Join Bryan Deane Bertsch, brewmaster of Deane's Kombucha, for a 90 minute class that includes instruction on how to brew your own great tasting Kombucha at home. Learn the first fermentation process, which yields a great basic Kombucha, ready to drink on its own. And learn the nuances of the second fermentation and confidently add your own flavors to bring a unique taste and sparkling effervescence to each bottle. Take home a Study Guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your Kombucha adventure right away.

This is a fun, interactive class that includes samplings of several different varieties of kombucha. Be ready to quench your kombucha thirst and feel free to ask questions!

Worm Composting - Elizabeth Carls
Sunday, January 9, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $20 Class only, $45 Class and Worm Bin* - Sign Up!

Worm composting is an easy, economical way to reduce household waste and create beautiful compost! This workshop introduces participants to the joys of indoor, year-round, worm composting. We'll cover bin set-up; bin maintance; care and feeding of your worms; and how to harvest the compost.You'll leave with the knowledge and confidence to start your worm composting system. *A complete worm bin includes a starter bag of red wriggler worms.

Elizabeth Carls is an urban gardener, composter, and small-scale worm farmer. She is currently working on her Masters' degree in Horticulture at the U of MN. 

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2011 Classes

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For a listing of classes held in previoius years at Egg|Plant, click a heading above.

   
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