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Pollinate Farm and Garden
2727 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94601, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

December 10, 2014

New to Fermentation? The process of fermentation transforms food, adding flavor and making it more nutritious. Fermented foods include sauerkraut, cheese, beer, vinegar, kombucha, and many more. Please join fermentation expert and author Alex Lewin for a fermentation talk, demo, and tasting. Taste sauerkraut, fermented cole slaw, and beet kvass (fermented beet juice). Watch them being made, and learn how to make them at home. Bring any questions you have about ingredients, technique, flavor, equipment, or anything else! Participants will receive 10% off all fermentation supplies following the workshop, and Alex will also be on hand to sign his book.

Alex Lewin is the author of “Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen”, the first fermentation book with step-by-step photographs specifically designed for home cooks. He regularly teaches workshops on fermentation and related topics.

A graduate of Harvard, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alex seeks to create a healthier and tastier world by spreading the word about fermentation and real food. He is at home in Boston and in the Bay Area.

Start: December 10, 2014 6:30 pm
End: December 20, 2014 6:30 pm
Cost: $20

January 7, 2015

Our favorite fruit tree expert John Valenzuela returns to Pollinate Farm & Garden. Prepare for winter’s bareroot season and take the mystery out of planting and growing deciduous fruit trees!

In part 1 of this workshop series we will discuss how to select the best fruit tree varieties for flavor, climate and growing conditions. Learn the basics of a scion exchange and how to make the best of the upcoming California Rare Fruit Growers Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange on January 11, 2014.

In part 2 of this series, learn to create your own multi-grafted trees! Store your collected scions for spring grafting and learn how to graft them on to bare root stock at Pollinate’s February 22 Grafting Workshop.

Date: January 7, 2015 6:30 pm
Cost: $10

January 14, 2015

Does growing your own food or buying local food conflict with supporting sustainable farmers from abroad? Can consumers trust foods with the organic label, even if the food is from another country? What can U.S. consumers and gardeners learn from organic farmers in places like India? Come find out in this evening lecture at Pollinate Farm & Garden. Sapna E. Thottathil, PhD, author of India’s Organic Farming Revolution and Oakland resident, will tackle these and other questions and explain how our global food system has come to take its complex shape over the years so that consumers are faced with these tough decisions. Sapna will also share details about the growing buy-local and organic farming movements in India. After the talk, she will be on hand to sign copies of her new book.

Date: January 14, 2015 6:30 pm
Cost: $5

February 4, 2015

Starting vegetables from seed can save money and give you access to thousands of vegetable varieties not available as transplants. We will start with a discussion of the history of seed saving and learn which seeds are best sown directly in the ground and which are best started indoors. The class will also cover cleanliness, seed starting mixes, containers, planting techniques, watering and fertilizing, and sources of light and heat. We will also learn how to “harden off” seedlings before transplanting out into the garden. Students will practice what they learned by planting several 6-packs of seeds to take home. A resource list will be provided.

Date: February 4, 2015 6:30 pm
Cost: $25

February 15, 2015

Join the San Francisco Milk Maid for a crash course on home cheesemaking. In two wonderful, action-packed hours, learn how to ferment fresh milk into fragrant farmers’ cheeses or fail-proof, super healthy kefir. Learn which milk to use, what equipment you’ll need, how to get the most probiotic benefits and best, how to enjoy your home dairy creations. Class price includes instruction, recipe sheet, in-class tasting and your own take-home fermentation project. Louella will also be on hand to sign copies of her book. For more info on The Milk Maid, visit: www.sfmilkmaid.com.

BONUS! Class attendees will enjoy a 10% discount on all cheesemaking tools and supplies at Pollinate on the day of class. We carry all you need to perfect your home cheesemaking skills!

Date: February 15, 2015 11:00 am
Cost: $40

February 22, 2015

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop with John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens
Learn the art and science of fruit tree grafting! If you plan on attending the CRFG Scion exchange on January 11, then you know the value of collecting scions for spring grafting to expand the varieties of fruit available in your backyard orchard.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the “hows” and “whys” of fruit tree grafting. After learning some basic theory about tree culture, techniques and tools, we will head out to the Pollinate orchard and learn to graft onto an established fruit tree. We will also have premium bareroot fruit trees for sale onto which you can graft your collected scions or buds. Students will leave the workshop with the knowledge and confidence to make it work, and will receive 33% off our premium bare root trees and 10% off grafting tools and supplies.

Date: February 22, 2015 11:00 am
Cost: $25