I am super excited about the two classes I’m teaching next Saturday! Next Saturday!!! It’s happening! Spring quarter at Seattle Urban Farm School is officially starting next week and I am beside myself with joy! As I prepare for my classes inside, the schoolhouse classroom I hope to teach them in gets prepared outside. Everyday, there is more and more visible progress on the space and I can imagine, so clearly, teaching what I love!
A class is not a class though without students and we need to fill those upcoming classes up! There are still some spots in both of the classes coming up on Saturday. They are two great classes that give you a good place to start!
From Lawn to Lunch, which is at 10:00am next Saturday (the 15th) is based on the fun seminar I taught at the Flower and Garden Show this year. It’s all about the basics you need to convert your lawn into productive, edible growing space! It’s the kind of class I wish I would have taken when I was just starting to get my hands dirty in the yard. It’s small-space gardening 101! Click here to register!
The Indoor Seed Starting class, also next Saturday, is an awesome one for people who have been wanting to learn how to start seedlings inside. It’s easy to do, but daunting if you don’t know where to start. I know from experience how fun it can be to start seeds indoors when it’s too cold to start them outside. It gives you a jumpstart on the gardening fun! This class is definitely a good thing. Click here to register.
If you’ve been wanting to brush up on these gardening basics, you should join us! Come learn some gardening essentials and check out how the schoolhouse classroom is coming along! If you know someone who might be interested in these classes, please pass them along! Thanks!
Heads Up! Change is Coming!
My farm school business is going through a name change! We’re changing from Seattle Urban Farm School to Urban Farm Schoolhouse. You’ll see those changes happening soon! Be on the lookout!
This happened a few weeks ago. I finally found some eggs in the nesting box after a long, long hiatus. Three of my five hens are geriatric and after a very light fall, I thought their egg laying days were over. The two other younger hens have never been super productive. I really just haven’t expected much from this lot lately. So you can imagine my surprise when I started finding multiple eggs in the nesting box. I’ve got more than a dozen eggs on my counter right now! I am, um, egg-static!
I saw this yesterday on Learn to Preserve’s Facebook page and since it’s obviously egg-laying time again, I thought I’d share it as well. Check out the article from Bon Appetit (here) for the skinny on how to properly boil an egg.
Upcoming Classes! Will you join us?
There are still spots open in my upcoming farm schoolhouse classes! They’re going to be just what you need to gear up for spring – From Lawn to Lunch, Indoor Seed Starting, Space Saver Gardening and Tons of Tomatoes! Grab your spot soon! I can’t wait to garden with you! Let’s grow together!
Here it is – the annual 30 day countdown til spring! From now until the first day of spring, I will post ways to make the dreary days of midwinter a little more merry. Click the “Midwinter Merriment” category button on the right to see more merry things.
It’s amazing what a salted caramel chocolate cupcake from Cupcake Royale or the Smores-inspired Chocolate Graham Cracker cupcake from Trophy can do to a blustery, rainy afternoon. 15. More. Days. And day light savings time starts on Sunday!!! Brighter days are coming!
I mentioned earlier, but I’ll say it again – it’s happening!!! The schoolhouse construction has begun and it is quite possible that I’ll be able to host my first spring class on the 15th in my new space! Of course, it won’t be totally done by then, but it will likely be damn close! Words cannot express how thrilled I am! This is making my midwinter merrier for sure!
An outsider wouldn’t notice much difference at this point, but we certainly do. Much time as been spent hauling things out of the space so I even have an empty space to work with. And that, my friends, has been huge. We’ve also begun prepping the space for electrical (for all my awesome new lighting, which the whole interior design has been crafted around – that’s enough for a whole other post!). Those super awesome schoolhouse lights have been ordered and are on their way!
I wanted to replace the existing door with a door that had a window so that it’d have a bit more character and would let more light in. I thought we’d be able to use an old antique door we took off the basement door frame, but it turns out it was just a bit too big. Luckily, we have a super amazing contractor who listens to my vision and pays attention to my style. He went to the ReStore in Ballard and scored an even more awesome door than we had before. The window is quite a bit longer and will now match up with the bottom of the windows I’m putting in the side of the garage. Plus, it fits perfectly! Score! My mother-in-law said it best, “It’s a door to a whole new world!” A world where I get to bring people together in the name of homegrown food and live my dream! I’ll take it!