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School of Earth Medicine, Herbal Studies and Permaculture Design at Soul Flower Farm is offering classes on a variety of methods for self-sustainability. Soul Flower Farm is a beautiful 3 acre farm in El Sobrante owned by POCSHN members Yasir and Maya. Below are the coming winter classes. Find more info and register online http://soulflowerfarm.com/registration.html or email [masked] Crazy About Kraut Instructor: Maya Blow Date: Sunday, January 29th, 2017 Time: 1-3pm Location: Soul Flower Farm Cost: $60 Come learn the basics of making fermented kraut. We will create different recipes using all kinds of seasonal vegis including several varieties of cabbage, daikon, burdock root, ginger, beets, winter greens and more. Discussion will include medicinal benefits of our ingredients, as well as, fermenting ideas for winter wellness and spring cleansing. We will also talk about the process of making naturally carbonated fruit sodas. Go home with the ability to successfully make your own vegetable ferments plus samples of all we make in class. Bring a basket or milk crate to carry home all your kraut. *Tea and snacks included. FEBRUARY 2017 Food as Medicine Instructor: Maya Blow and Tamu Mosley Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017 Time 12:30-4:30pm Location: Soul Flower Farm Cost: sliding scale $60-80 Materials $20 “Let thy Food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates For time untold indigenous cultures have used food as medicine to prevent disease, boost immunity and strength, heal ailments and open doors to higher consciousness. Join us and get energized as we take you on a journey into worlds of edible medicinal plants, raw living foods, ferments, healing broths, superfoods and traditional recipes from around the globe. In this workshop we will discuss medicinal plants that can easily be incorporated into our everyday diets for maximum health benefits as well as learn some simple recipes and methods of preparation. We will also discuss the nutritional benefits of home grown animal products. Get ready for a day of hands on experience. During class will share a beautiful homemade medicinal meal together. *Tea and lunch provided Intro to Natural Beekeeping Instructor: Yasir Cross Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 Time: 10-3pm Location: Soul Flower Farm Cost: $75 (no one turned away for lack of funds) Join Yasir as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this class with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to set up your own backyard beehive. The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper. This bee-friendly method aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey! Topics to be covered in class: -The history of beehives -Beekeeping in Bay area climate -Biology of the honey bee -Natural comb vs. manufactured comb -The People's Hive (text included with class) -Buying bees hives and equipment -Building your natural hive -Permaculture and biodynamic beekeeping strategies -Urban beekeeping -Harvesting honey and comb -Homemade extractor -Medicinal honey use *We provide tea and a vegetarian lunch. All About Nettles Instructor: Maya Blow Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017 Time: 10-1pm Location: Field Trip to Marin Cost: $50 Stinging nettle is one of our most nutrient rich local wild edibles. Join Maya on a field trip to the Marin Headlands to harvest early spring nettles. We will discuss medicinal and culinary uses for this remarkable plant, as well as, learn which other wild edible plants are complimentary. We will also practice techniques for sting free harvesting. Our day will wrap up with a hike to the beach and some tasters of nettle treats while we sip hot nettle tea. *What to bring: A few paper grocery bags, scissors, gardening gloves, water bottle, sun hat and warm layers.
Hello everyone, I am in the North Berkeley, not far from the Whole Foods on Gilman. I have been thinking a lot about small ways to begin to move towards self-sufficiency and sustainability. We have a decent sized yard, enough for a nice garden and gardening is one of those practices that are easy to implement. I would love for this garden to be a regular community practice/ project. If anyone is in the area and interested in gardening together let me know. If there is interest I will schedule a meet-up/ work day and we will get growing!