Workshops

dill mustard garlicWant to learn how to raise chickens, make your own beer, or learn how to can? We’ve got a large selection to choose from. Here are the classes we will be offering this year. Stay tuned for future classes.

(Red is Food Skills, Orange is Animal Husbandry, Green is Gardening, Blue is DIY Skills)

Garden Planning
Date TBD in Vallejo
$20/person

Learn what, how and when to start planting for a well-timed and productive year-round garden here in the Bay Area. We will talk about concepts like companion planting, cover crops, perennials, and choosing the best varieties to grow for our area. We’ll go over what your soil needs to get through the year, and the proper methods of bed preparation and crop rotation to prevent pests and diseases. Bring your gardening questions that need answering.

Class instructor: Rachel Hoff has been gardening for over 20 years and teaching gardening workshops for the past four years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel  at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Homebrew 101 – Malt Extract Brewing and Hard Cider
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
Learn the basics to making your own homebrew and hard cider including the equipment you’ll need, different types of ingredients, the different types of homebrew and hard ciders, recipes and kegging and bottling procedures. We will get you started using the easiest form of homebrewing with premade malt extracts which make quality control much easier for the beginning homebrewer. Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Class Instructor: Rachel Hoff has been making homebrew and hard cider since 2002 and has been making homemade sodas since 2009. She’s made a vast variety of different types of  ales, stouts, and ciders over the years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel or Brande at classes@dogislandfarm.com

 

Chickens 101
Date TBD in Vallejo
$25/person or $40/couple
Learn everything you need to know about basic chicken care. We’ll talk about the different breeds and reasons for raising chickens. You will learn about feed, supplements, and their dietary needs in general. We will go over how to handle your birds properly, examine them for issues, and take care of their physical and social needs.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been raising chickens for eggs and meat for 7 years and has been teaching beginning and advanced chicken workshops for the past 2 years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Old Fashioned Preserves
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
Learn how to make preserves and even jellies the way your grandmother did – without adding commercial pectin. We will go over safe canning techniques the types of fruit that can be used for making pectin-free preserves. Students will go home with a jar of preserves from class.

Class Instructors: Rachel Hoff  has been making a vast variety of preserves without added pectin since 2006.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Vegetable Pickling 
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
Learn another method for preserving the harvest, vegetable pickling. We will discuss both acid pickling and lacto-fermentation methods,  and we will have a hands-on demonstration of the methods for producing safe and tasty pickles from your fresh garden vegetables. Students will get to personalize and take home a jar of pickled vegetables.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been making vegetable pickles since 2008.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Fall and Winter Garden Planning
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
That’s right! It is already time to start thinking about your fall and winter gardens! Learn what, how and when to start planting for a well-timed and productive fall and winter garden here in the Bay Area. We will talk about concepts like overwintering vegetables, cover crops, perennials, and cold hardiness. We’ll go over what your soil needs to get through the winter, and the proper methods of bed preparation and crop rotation to prevent pests and diseases. Attendees will go home with a 6pack of fall vegetable starts.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been gardening for over 20 years and teaching gardening workshops for the past three years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel  at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Tomato Canning
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
Tomato season is in full swing. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got them coming out of your ears and are trying to find ways to preserve your bounty. We will discuss proper canning methods to produce a safe product and different recipes including juice, sauces, paste, and jam. Students will go home with a jar of pizza sauce.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been preserving tomatoes in various forms since 2006.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Advanced Chicken
Date TBD in Vallejo
$25/per or $40/couple
Learn how to introduce new birds to your flock, health care from prevention to diagnosing problems, holistic and traditional care and when a vet should be contacted, nutrition and mixing your own feed, feed supplements, and the life cycle of chickens including hatching your own.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been raising chickens for eggs and meat for 7 years and has been teaching beginning and advanced chicken workshops for the past 2 years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Seed Saving
Date TBD in Vallejo
$25/person or $45/couple
Heirlooms and open pollinated varieties are gaining in popularity, not just because they increase our biodiversity but also because you can save seed from them year to year. Come learn how to save seed, why you should know how to save seed, and how to keep varieties from cross-pollinating. Students will get to take home a packet of open pollinated seeds to plant the following year.

Class Instructors: Rachel Hoff has been growing all open pollinated plants, most of which are heirlooms for specific purpose of saving seed since 2004 and has taught workshops on seed saving for the past two years.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Condiments
Date TBD in Vallejo
$30/person or $50/couple
Are you running out of ways to use up all those late summer tomatoes and peppers? Learn to make your own delicious condiments and put them up to enjoy the whole year! We will be making our own homegrown hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and ketchup, using farm fresh produce and tons of great herbs and spices. Students will get to take home a jar of a personalized condiment spiced how they like it.

Class instructors: Rachel Hoff has been making various condiments from her homegrown produce since 2006.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Goats 101
Date TBD in Vallejo
$25/per or $40/couple

Have you ever considered raising goats but don’t really know if it’s for you? Come learn about what it takes to have your own milk-producing (or not) family goats. Meet a few, see where they live, and learn what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Learn about how milk production works, and about how much work goes into daily life with goats.

Class instructor: Rachel Hoff raises dwarf breed goats for dairy and is a member of the American Dairy Goats Association along with participating in ADGA Performance Programs.

Register Here or Contact Rachel at classes@dogislandfarm.com

Workshop Notes:

Beginning Chicken Class Notes
Chickens 201 Class Notes

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