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Rediscover Your Garden

It's spring, so go play in the dirt! 

Pollinate Farm co-founders Yolanda Burrell (pictured with Georgette the hen) and Birgitt Evans. Photos courtesy of Pollinate Farm & Garden

In this newsletter:

●   Celebrate spring at local plant sales: various dates
●   Study compost with soil maven Dr. Elaine Ingham:                           April 13–17
●   DIY supplies and a hands-on fermentation class at
      Pollinate Farm & Garden: April 19
●   Grant funding for innovative farmers:
      application due April 30
●   Recipes: Fermented Carolina-Style Slaw
      and Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

Don't miss our Spring issue, where you can learn to make a scrumptious goat cheese artichoke strata.

Cover art: "Magic Tractor"
by Margo Rivera-Weiss.


Garden Goodies

It's spring plant sale season. You'll find California natives, drought-resistant plants, tomatoes of all stripes, and much more at these sales, which are sure to tempt novice and master gardeners alike.

Click here for more details  


Digging Deep

GreenFriends Farm hosts Dr. Elaine Ingham’s annual Soil Food Web Intensive. The renowned soil biologist shares her extensive knowledge of soil ecology in a workshop for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, and soil and garden enthusiasts.

Dr. Ingham has helped farmers worldwide to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil. She is the inspiration behind the impressive composting program at Frog Hollow Farm, the subject of a story in our current issue

Compost Tea & Soil Food Web Intensive 
Monday–Friday, April 13–17
M.A. Center in Castro Valley

Info and registration: here

Grow, Raise, and Preserve

Follow the flock to Pollinate Farm & Garden, a woman-owned farm supply and urban homesteading emporium in the heart of Oakland. You'll find the tools, supplies, and know-how to grow healthy, delicious fruits and vegetables, along with seeds, starts, and other plants. Pollinate also stocks chicks, beekeeping supplies, livestock feed, straw, soils, and soil amendments. Supplies for canning, pickling, fermenting, and cheese making are plentiful among the store’s kitchen goods. 

Pollinate offers workshops and classes where you can learn skills like how to raise chickens, keep backyard bees, and maintain your garden tools. Their upcoming Hands-On Fermentation class is taught by author Alex Lewin, whose recipes are featured below. And be sure to save the dates (May 16 and 17) for Pollinate’s second anniversary celebration, a weekend of mini-workshops, food demos and tastings, tool and knife sharpening by an on-site blacksmith, and much more.

Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland  
Hands-On Fermentation with Alex Lewin 
Sunday April 19, 2pm 
The Dimond Rec Center Kitchen 
3860 Hanly Rd, Oakland

Join Alex Lewin, author of Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen, to learn about the theory and health benefits of fermented foods. Taste some ferments, and then move to the kitchen to make lacto-fermented sauerkraut and tasty beet kvass (fermented beet juice). Info: here

Top right: Birgitt Evans with onions ready for planting.
Bottom right: Pollinate Farm helps people to grow their own food by providing tools, supplies, workshops, and a community meeting and learning space. Photos courtesy of Pollinate Farm & Garden

Funding for Small Farms

The Fabulous Beekman Boys of Cooking Channel and cookbook fame are giving away $18,000 to small farms with innovative approaches to small agriculture. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge will give “lifts” of $15,000 to one farm and $1,049 to three others. The duo, who have their own goat farm in upstate New York, launched their Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter Pasta Sauce in 2013. The sauce is named after a Great Depression–era heirloom tomato variety named Mortgage Lifter, and the couple donates 25% of their profits to other small farms. Entries are due by midnight on April 30; winners announced May 12. Info and application: here

Alex Lewin's Fermented Carolina-Style Slaw
and Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

Alex Lewin, author of Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen, teaches a class in hands-on fermentation later this month at Pollinate Farm & Garden. He shares his recipes for Fermented Carolina-Style Slaw and Lacto Fermented Vegetables here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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