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 Event Brite. 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: Event Brite adds a service charge to register online.
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 audrey@eggplantsupply with questions.
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!
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).
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.
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.
For a listing of classes held in previoius years at Egg|Plant, click a heading above.