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 Willow Rosenthal. Everyone goes home with a tray of freshly sown seeds. $40
This class will be followed by a plant sale, open to the public, free.
April 26: Urban Chickens 12-2
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.
May: Farm Stand. Exact date and time TBD
June 14: Farm Stand and Book Release Party. 12-2
To celebrate the publication of my latest book, Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild; we will be having a book release party with foraged snacks and wildly fermented beverages. I’ll be there selling produce and doing a reading from the book. Free.
July: No events
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
Summer/Fall 2013 Sked:
July 5: Farm Stand. Fresh produce for sale! Honey extraction demo. 5pm-7pm
July 6: Open farm day. Tours on the hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15), mulberry tasting, produce for sale! 10am-1pm
August 2: Farm Stand. Fresh produce for sale! 5pm-7pm
September 28: Open farm day. Tours (10:15, 11:15, 12:15), fresh produce for sale! 10am-1pm
October 4: Pumpkin patch and farm stand. Fresh produce for sale! Honey extraction demo. 4pm-6pm
October 5: Pumpkin patch and open farm day. Tours (10:15, 11:15, 12:15). Fresh produce for sale, pick a pumpkin for Halloween. 10am-1pm
Essential Urban Farmer 2012 events
Women’s Building, SanFrancisco, 18th street, 5:30. $2 at the door, first come first serve
Biofuel Oasis, Berkeley, Ashby and Sacramento, 2pm. Ask an urban farmer, free
UCBerkeley, Barrows Hall, 6:30-8pm, free
Northern Michigan University
April 1, Open Farm day!!! 11-2 at Ghosttown Farm
Omnivore Books, SF
April 9, Books inc, SF 7:30
Market Hall, Oakland, College Ave, honey extraction demo
Oakland farmers market, Lexicon of Sustainability booth
Laney community college
Ecology Center, Berkeley, SanPablo, presentation
Fall 2011 Events
Maker Faire, Temescal, October 16 with Melissa Hardy of the Biofuel Oasis. Demo of a honey extraction and tabling all day.
Spring 2011 Events
March 26 Hayward Main Library, 2pm. Hayward chose Farm City as their community read!
March 28 Salt Lake City, Westminster College, 7pm public talk
March 31 Alameda Public Library, 7pm. Alameda chose Farm City as their community read!
April 1 San Francisco’s Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street 6:30pm. I’ll be there doing the Bookswap! Buy tickets here. I’ll be dressed as a donkey.
April 6, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 5pm-7pm. Farm City is Cuesta’s book of the year! Woot!
April 7, SLO, Steynberg Gallery, 11-1:30pm.
April 13, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, 7pm
April 17, Teaching Raising Chickens class at the Biofuel Oasis, 2pm-5pm.
April 19, Minnesota, M State-Moorhead, 4pm free public lecture
April 28, Seattle, Washington Hall, part of the Essential Arts Art and Agriculture program, 7pm
May 14 Hayward Ochoa Garden. Remember how Farm City was chosen as Hayward’s community read? The librarians and Hayward Public schools are working together to do a garden work day on May 14, 10am-1pm. I’ll be there, hoe-ing.
Upcoming Events Through the End of 2010
10/9 Pt Reyes, Point Reyes Books, 7pm
10/17 Albany, Albany Public Library, 2-3pm
10/20 Oakland, Pop Up General Store, 47th and MLK, 5pm-7pm
10/24 Livermore, Livermore Public Library, 2pm
11/2 San Francisco, Radar Reading, SF Public Library 7pm
11/6 San Leandro, San Leandro Public Library, 2pm
Past Readings and Hands-on classes
6/5 San Francisco Omnivore Books at 3pm
6/7 Boston, Porter Square Books at 7pm
6/8 Philadelphia, Free Library, 7:30
6/9 Baltimore, Enoch Free Library (with Baltimore Green Works) 7pm
6/10 Salt Lake City – SLC Main Public Library 7pm
6/16 SF – The Green Arcade, 7pm
6/20 Berkeley–Biofuel Oasis The Goat Class, 9:30-1 (must register here).
December 2, Berkeley, CA, Biofuel Oasis, 7pm, Moonlight Soiree, Reading and signing
December 5, Berkeley, CA The Pasta Shop, 4th Street, 1-3pm
December 6, Lafayette, CA, Mt. Diablo Nursery, 1-4
February 27, Silicon Valley, Morgan Hill Public Library, reading and seedling distribution, time TBA
March 21, Berkeley, CA, Raising Rabbits class, Biofuel Oasis, 10-1,
March 30, San Francisco, CA, Bernal Heights Library, details TBA
March 13, Tucson, AZ, Tucson Book Festival, Living a Sustainable Lifestyle slideshow and talk, followed by a book signing.
April 17-18, Wisconsin, Fox Cities Book Festival, details TBA
April 29, Arlington, VA, details TBA
GhostTown Farm Events
August 29th Open Farm Tour 10am-10pm with events throughout the day, as part of the Eat Real Festival in Oakland
October 18th Chicken Class at the Biofuel OasisFall 2011