Fall 2015 Urban Homesteading Classes in Columbia, SC
This fall, I will again be teaching a series of urban homesteading classes at the Columbia Homestead Alliance, a new local non-profit located in Five Points in Columbia, SC. All levels of experience (or none) welcome — the idea is to learn together in a low-key, fun and supportive environment. The classes are limited to 10 participants, so sign up soon, and bring a friend!
Canning and Preserving
August 30, 2-5pm
Learn to preserve the bounty of the summer with home canning! Canning is an easy and budget-friendly way to get closer to the foods you eat – and you get to enjoy jams, jellies, relishes, fruit butters and more in the middle of the winter! This class introduces canning and preserving in a fun and simple way: even if you are a total beginner, you’ll leave confident to start canning on your own. We’ll cover canning safety, equipment and ingredients, and lots of tips and troubleshooting advice learned from my years of canning experience. Then we’ll can up some late summer fruits and jams. The class fee covers the materials and a sample jar of goodness for you to take home.
Home Dairy 101
September 20, 2-5pm
Blessed are the cheesemakers! This class opens up the rewarding and delicious world of transforming and preserving milk and cream in your own kitchen and making your own butter, yogurt, and cheese. You’ll learn about the history of dairy cultures, equipment and ingredients, and various tricks and troubleshooting tips to ensure your home dairy success. In the second half of the class, you will get hands-on practice making whipped butter, yogurt, and two beginner’s cheeses – ricotta and queso fresco. The class fee covers the materials and a sample jar of yogurt for you to take home.
Not-so-hard Cheeses: Feta, Mozzarella, and Chevre
October 4, 2-5pm
This class builds on the basic cheese-making knowledge of Home Dairy 101 to learn to make some of the most popular European semi-soft cheeses: mozzarella, feta, and chevre. The class covers everything you need to get started with making these cheeses in your own kitchen. We go over the process, and then — of course — make a batch of each cheese to enjoy at the end of the class!
Home-made Body Care
October 25, 2-5pm
Are you interested in learning to make your own moisturizers, soaps, shampoos and other body care products? It’s easier than you think, and incredibly rewarding! With a few basic ingredients, you can create a set of luscious, completely safe and non-toxic products for cleansing and pampering your body. In this class, we will make a basic moisturizer, shampoo, and lip balm. We will also go over the basic steps for cold process soap making. The class fee includes all the supplies, as well as samples of what we make to take home with you.