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November Classes

November 8
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Worm Composting for Beginners
Leslie Ostrander

November 15
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Canning for the Holidays
Flannery Clark

November 22
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Kombucha for Beginners Class
Bryan Deane Bertsch

October Classes

October4
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Bokashi Composting
Sean Alter

October 18
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Fermentation Basics
Krista Leraas

October 25
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Hard Cheesemaking: Cheddar makes everything better
Chef Sean Jones

September Classes

September 20
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Canning Basics: Pickles Flannery Clark

September 27
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

August Classes

August 2
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Home Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

July Classes

July 19
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Canning Basics: Focus on Jam
Flannery Clark

July 26
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Brew Your Own Kombucha
Bryan Deane Bertsch

June Classes

June 7
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Square Foot and Vertical Gardening
Joan James

June 14
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

June 28
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm

 

What You Can Do For Pollinators
Heather Holm

May Classes

May 3
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

May 10
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Meat Craft: The Art of Dry Aged Beef
Igor Pilko and Thea Lopatka

May 17
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Intro to Beekeeping
Jacquelynn Goessling

May 31
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

April Classes

April 5
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Mushroom Basics - Jeremy McAdams

April 12
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

April 19
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Edible Landscaping
Dina Kountoupes and Krista Leraas

March Classes

March 1
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Bob Lies

March 8
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Sustainable Veggie Gardening 101
Dina Kountoupes and Krista Leraas

March 22
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

March 29
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Kitchen Composting: Putting Worms to Work
Melanie Harding

February Classes

February 1
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

February 8
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Backyard Chicken Basics Bob Lies

February 15
1:00 pm -
2:30 pm

 

Seed Starting Basics
Courtney Tchida

February 22
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Home Cheesemaking
Chef Sean Jones

January Classes

January 18
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Small but Mighty: Shoots, & Micro-Greens
Karla Pankow &
Elizabeth Millard

January 25
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm

 

Fermentation Basics
Krista Leraas

 

Classes - 2014

 

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 in 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.

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 audrey@eggplantsupply with questions.

November 2014 Classes

Worm Composting for Beginners - Leslie Ostrander
Saturday November 8, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15 Class only, $45 Class and Worm Bin - Sign Up!

Worm composting is a simple and efficient way to turn your food scraps and paper waste into a versatile compost in any season, whether you are in an apartment or have plenty of outdoor space. Learn how to set up a basic indoor worm bin, maintain it, troubleshoot as needed, harvest castings and find great uses for the compost.  $15 for the class or $45 for the class plus a fully functional starter worm bin WITH WORMS!  There will be time for questions and hands-on experience.

Taught by Leslie Ostrander, store manager at Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply. She keeps a worm bin in her Minneapolis apartment, which comes in handy for all the extra fruit peelings from her jam canning projects.

Canning for the Holidays - Flanner Clark
Saturday November 15, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $25 class - Sign Up!

Learn to make homemade canned gifts for the holidays. This class will demonstrate canning mustard, but the lessons apply to canning jam, jelly, pickles, and more! The demonstration will cover canning in traditional mason jars as well as Weck canning jars for a beautiful holiday gift. Participants will receive a handout with protocols for safe canning, and recommendations for supplies and recipes.

Taught by Flannery Clark. Flannery started helping her mother make jam at age 5. 20+ years later, she is a prize winning canner who has earned ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, and spends much of her summer making jam, jelly, pickles and more!

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha - Bryan Deane Bertsch
Saturday, November 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $25 - 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!

October 2014 Classes

Bokashi Composting - Sean Alter
Saturday October 4, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15 class, $50 class plus take-home bokashi bin and month's supply of bokashi bran - Sign Up!

Learn how to compost all your household organics (including meat and bones) with this innovative, no hassle method. Bokashi is a traditional form of composting that is perfect if you live in a apartment or don't want to trudge through the snow this winter to your compost pile!

Sean Alter is the owner of Urban Compost, a local company that is focused on compost solutions for the urban grower. Also visit Urban Compost's Facebook page.

Fermentation Basics - Krista Leraas
Saturday, October 18, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20 - Sign Up!

Fermented foods are delicious, health-enhancing and easy to prepare. Learn about getting started with simple ferments like sauerkraut and yogurt as well as kim chi, miso, kefir and others.

Krista Leraas is a gardener, permaculture designer and sustainable skills encourager. She owns an edible landscaping business, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, and enjoys spending time cooking, preserving and fermenting her own garden bounties.

Hard Cheesemaking: Cheddar makes everything better - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, October 25, 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.

September 2014 Classes

Canning Basics: Pickles
Flannery Clark
Saturday, September 20, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $25 - Sign Up!

What to do with your garden bounty or seasonal produce?  Learn how to safely make pickles!  This class will cover the basics by demonstrating canning pickles in a water-bath canner.  We will cover protocols for safe canning, and recommendations for supplies and recipes. Lessons from this class are also applicable to making jam or canning tomatoes. 

Flannery Clark started helping her mother make jam at age 5.  20+ years later, she is a prize winning canner who has earned ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, and spends much of her summer making jam, jelly, pickles and more.

Backyard Chicken Basics: Winterizing - Bob Lies
Sunday, September 27, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5 - Sign Up!

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. This class will review the basics of backyard flock management with a special emphasis on helping you bring your flock through the long Minnesota winter in (relative) comfort.  There will be time to address your specific concerns, so bring your questions.

August 2014 Classes

Home Cheesemaking - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, August 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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 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.

July 2014 Classes

Canning Basics: Focus on Jam - Flannery Clark
Saturday July 19, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $25

Learn how to safely can your own jam and jelly! This class will cover the basics by demonstrating how to make jam and can it in a water-bath canner. We will cover protocols for safe canning and recommendations for supplies and recipes. Lessons from this class are also applicable to canning pickles or tomatoes.

Flannery Clark started helping her mother make jam at age 5. 20+ years later, she is a prize winning canner who has earned ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, and spends much of her summer making jam, jelly, pickles and more.

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha - Bryan Deane Bertsch
Saturday, July 26, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $25

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!

June 2014 Classes

Square Foot and Vertical Gardening - Joan James
Saturday, June 7, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20

Square foot raised bed gardening and vertical gardening are two of the most useful techniques for maximizing your space in a small urban yard. Join Joan James from A Backyard Farm to learn more about soil and plant selection, planting and maintenance, organic weed and pest controls and more.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, June 14, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat - Heather Holm
Saturday, June 28, 1:00-2:00 pm
Cost: $20

This talk covers the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed.

Heather Holm, a graduate of the University of Guelph in Canada, is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in native plant landscapes and restorations. She is passionate about native plants, pollinators and attracting and observing wildlife with native plants. Heather is the author of the blog Restoring the Landscape with Native Plants and is a monthly contributor to the national team blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. She is a popular speaker in the Midwest teaching people the value and benefits of using native plants in the landscape. Heather lives in Minnesota with her husband and dog. She is the author of the newly published book, Pollinators of Native Plants.

May 2014 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, May 3, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

Meat Craft:  The Art of Dry Aged Beef
Saturday, May 10, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $20

Learn how to craft dry aged steak in the comfort and ease of your home refrigerator. Create that dry aged umami, the prized special flavor only found in the finest steakhouses. The class will cover the basic principles and techniques of meat aging, as well as a taste test of dry aged vs wet aged steak.

The class is taught by Igor Pilko and Thea Lopatka who developed the innovative UMAi Dry® system in 2007 for dry aging, dry curing and dry sausage making. This class will cover the what and why of dry aging, what differentiates "wet aging" from dry aging, a demonstration of how to apply UMAi Dry® to dry age at home and--of course--a taste test of wet aged -vs- dry aged steak. There will be plenty of time for questions. .

Intro to Beekeeping - Jacquelynn Goessling
Saturday, May 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $20

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 31, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

April 2014 Classes

Backyard Mushroom Basics - Jeremy McAdams
Saturday April 5th, 1:00 - 3:00
Cost: $38 including oyster mushroom log kit

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. Each participant will inoculate his or her own oyster mushroom log to take home – which should fruit mushrooms in a matter of months! Inoculated shiitake and nameko log kits are also available for purchase and pickup at this class.

Jeremy McAdams runs Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC, an urban farm in south Minneapolis and Maplewood that provides log-grown shiitake and oyster mushrooms to Twin Cities restaurants, markets and grocery stores.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, April 12, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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 - Dina Kountoupes and Krista Leraas
Saturday, April 19, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $20

Learn all about incorporating edible plants into your landscape: from beautiful accents of red peppers and purple kale to gorgeously designed and fully productive urban yards and food forests. Taught by Krista Leraas and Dina Kountoupes: vegetable growers and permaculture experts who promote urban farming and gardening with their business, Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes.

March 2014 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, March 1, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

Sustainable Veggie Gardening 101 - Dina Kountoupes and Krista Leraas
Saturday, March 8, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $20

Get some great tips on how to grow a high yielding vegetable garden using organic methods and permaculture principles that make growing your own food easier for you and better for the environment. Taught by Krista Leraas and Dina Kountoupes: vegetable growers and permaculture experts who promote urban farming and gardening with their business, Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes.

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, March 22, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

Kitchen Composting: Putting Worms to Work - Melanie Harding
Saturday, March 29, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20

Turning your kitchen scraps into a valuable soil additive is both easy and rewarding, and a great way to help repay the planet for our food supply! Participants will walk away knowing how to get started on their own indoor worm bin, maintain it, harvest and use the compost, and troubleshoot if problems arise. Commercial and do-it-yourself options will be presented.

Melanie Harding has been working in the field of environmental education for the last 22 years, teaching people how to enjoy the wonders of Nature and getting their hands dirty! She currently works as a Naturalist & Volunteer Coordinator for Ramsey County's Tamarack Nature Center.

February 2014 Classes

Backyard Chicken Basics - Bob Lies
Saturday, February 1, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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, February 8, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15, children with adult $5

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over five 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).

Seed Starting Basics - Courtney Tchida
Saturday, February 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $15

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.

Home Cheesemaking - Chef Sean Jones
Saturday, February 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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.

January 2014 Classes

Small but Mighty: How to Grow Pea Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, & Micro-Greens - Karla Pankow & Elizabeth Millard
Saturday, January 18, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $25 (Includes take home kit)

There's nothing quite like growing your own food! In this hands-on, get your paws dirty, educational class, discover the ins and outs of pea shoots and various micro- greens. From seed to harvest, you'll learn how to grow your own on a small scale, using recycled produce containers, keeping the process clean and simple. No fancy grow lights or materials needed! In addition, you'll enjoy a pea shoots and micro-greens tasting, learn quick and easy meal ideas, and take home your very own starter kit. .

Karla Pankow & Elizabeth Millard run Bossy Acres, a USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm.

Fermentation Basics - Krista Leraas
Saturday, January 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $20

Fermented foods are delicious, health-enhancing and easy to prepare. Learn about getting started with simple ferments like sauerkraut and yogurt as well as kim chi, miso, kefir and others.

Krista Leraas is a gardener, permaculture designer and sustainable skills encourager. She owns an edible landscaping business, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, and enjoys spending time cooking, preserving and fermenting her own garden bounties.

 

2013 Classes

2012 Classes

2011 Classes

2010 Classes

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

   
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