Classes

Each week, on Saturday from 10 – 12 pm, we offer a class on urban homesteading.   Each class costs $39 unless otherwise noted.  To reserve a spot in an upcoming class send an RSVP.  We accept cash or checks made out to Fairytale Farm.  Please let us know if you’d like us to offer a class you are interested in.

July 6th :  How to get your Cottage Food License in Santa Cruz 10 AM – 11:30 AM (FREE)

Learn what forms you need to fill out, what it means to get your cottage food license class A or B, who to talk to at the county health building, how to pass your kitchen inspection, and what foods are permitted in the new California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616).  We’ll talk about ways of marketing around town, and who to contact to expand the laws to include our backyard produce in our foods.

For this no-cost class please RSVP via email.

July 13th: Your Backyard Bounty: PLUMS 10 AM – 12 PM $39

Learn what to do with the 100s of plums that just became ripe.  Drying, canning, and jamming will be covered, as well a discussion of plum wine recipes.  We will walk you through different techniques, let you taste samples, and give you confidence to try some of these preserving techniques at home. Plum leathers, jam, and plum pie will be covered. We’ll also talk about some of the public places in Santa Cruz where you can forage free plums if you don’t have them yourselves, and encourage you how to talk with your neighbors if you see plum trees going to waste.

July 20th: Sauerkraut and Kim Chee : how to make it 10 AM – 12 PM  $39

Learn the craft of making sauerkraut, an easy way to bring probiotics into your life.  We will have a hands-on class where everyone will participate in chopping cabbage, adding flavors such as ginger, carrot, or traditional dill.  We will also make kim chee, the Korean spicy version of kraut that can include other greens such as mustard, spices, and fish sauce.  Students will walk away with a jar of their own kraut, and knowledge as to how and why to include this traditional fermentation in your diet.

Aug 3 :  How to get your Cottage Food License in Santa Cruz 10 AM – 11:30 AM (FREE)

Learn what forms you need to fill out, what it means to get your cottage food license class A or B, who to talk to at the county health building, how to pass your kitchen inspection, and what foods are permitted in the new California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616).  We’ll talk about ways of marketing around town, and who to contact to expand the laws to include our backyard produce in our foods.

For this no-cost class please RSVP via email.

Aug. 17th: Yogurt  – how to make it  10 AM – 12 PM $39

Learn how to make your own yogurt, a probiotic fods that is popular for its health benefits.  We will be learning how to make yogurt using powdered starters, commercial yogurt, or past batch yogurt, and the benefits and draw-backs of each method.  We will teach Greek-style yogurt making, and discuss ways to ferment the yogurt, including commercial yogurt makers, DIY incubators, or just sticking it in the oven.  We’ll have samples of different batches of yogurt; 8 hours, overnight, or 24 hour ferments, “hung” yogurt, yogurt made from whipping cream, 1/2 and 1/2, or raw milk.   We will discuss non-dairy yogurts, kefir, and the latest findings of the benefits of these probiotic cultures on our microbiome.





Aug. 24:  Slow Food Edible Garden Tour

Slow Food Santa Cruz are putting on a garden tour and Fairytale Farm is in it!  For $10 you can download a map and visit amazing gardens all over Santa Cruz who focus on growing edible fruit and vegetables.  More information at http://slowfoodsantacruz.com/events/santa-cruz-edible-gardens-tour/

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