Here’s a list of classes at GhostTown Farm for 2014. If you want to sign up for a class, email me at novellacarpenter at gmail. It will be first come, first served. I’ll reply to your email to join the class with details on how to pay. Classes will cost $40, they last about two hours, and are limited to 10 people. All classes will be held outdoors at GhostTown Farm at 28th Street and MLK, Oaklandia.
February 16: Make an Apple Tree. 12-2pm
Grafting scion wood onto a vigorous rootstock is the cheapest way to make a fruit tree. This class will show you how to do just that. Disease-free apple compatible rootstock will be provided, as well as scion wood from various heirloom variety apple trees. Everyone will go home with a grafted tree in a pot. If you want to collect your own scion wood, go to the scion exchange in Berkeley at the Ed Roberts Campus, just across from the Ashby BART, on January 18 from 12-3; or another scion exchange to collect your own scion wood. The class will also include a tour of the farm which has about 25 fruit trees in various stages of development. $40.
March 22: Seed Propagation. 12-2pm
Starting vegetables from seed is the best way to save money on your farm. We will cover which containers work best, how to sterilize them, how to make your own potting soil mixes, basic botany and biology of seed starting, where to order seeds–all so you can get a jump on your summer garden. Taught by Novella Carpenter. Everyone goes home with a tray of freshly sown seeds, a newly transplanted herb plant (not that herb), and a 6-pac of starts. $40
This class will be followed by a plant sale, open to the public, free.
April 26: Urban Chickens 12-2pm
Raising chickens for eggs is fun and easy. Hens are favorites of children, and they provide the farm with fresh eggs and much-needed manure. Come check out the chicken coop at GhostTown Farm and see how to save money on animal bedding, how to compost chicken manure, how to build a predator proof coop, and basic chicken handling and health. Finally, we will end the day with a poached egg demonstration. We will also hold a best-egg tasting, so bring any eggs for our panel of judges to taste. $40.
June 14: Farm Stand and Book Release Party at the Temescal Library. 12-2pm
To celebrate the publication of my latest book, Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild; we will be having a book release party at the library on Telegraph and 51st. Foraged snacks and wildly fermented beverages will be on-hand. I’ll be there selling produce and doing a reading from the book. Free.
August 23: Tomato Processing Class
One of the easiest plants to grow, tomatoes make great fresh eating. But they are also fabulous roasted, dehydrated, turned into ketchup, made into tomato juice, or canned whole. This class will start with a tasting of various tomato products, then segue into actually processing the beautiful fruits for your pantry. Everyone will go home with a quart jar of home-canned tomatoes. $40