Please place orders to be shipped for Christmas gifts before 12pm PST on December 19th. FARMcurious will be closed from Dec 20-27. Happy Holidays!!

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Give the Gift of Self-Reliance

Every year as the holidays roll around, many of us are faced with the same dilemma: do we keep buying our loved ones things they might not need and that may end up sitting around and cluttering their house?  We want to show our friends and family we care about them, but we also want our gifts to be useful, not just something else that gets shoved in a closet or returned (or even re-gifted!).  So many of us have too much stuff already, and often not enough space to accommodate it all. Wouldn’t it be great to give your… more

December 18th, 2014 | No Comments

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FARMcurious Holiday Party called a “life-changer”

We knew it would be a fun afternoon, but we were blown away at our Holiday Party on Saturday! What an amazing group of DIY experts, aficionados and newbies, and all of them swapping ideas, stories and homemade creations. Who knows what will come out of this? Music Festival of DIY We had 3 classrooms with simultaneous workshops going. Cheesemaking or beer brewing? Cocktails or canning? The choices were tough, and some jumped back and forth between rooms to grab a little of everything.     Chris Opela from Oakland’s Brewmaster not only taught a session on the basics of homebrewing… more

December 10th, 2014 | No Comments

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Stocking Stuffers for the Curious

You may need Sasquatch-sized stockings once you look at this list! We have tons of little treats to tuck into a stocking or tie on top of a present and give your favorite urban homesteaders a little something extra. A few of these and you just may get some homemade or homegrown goodies as a thank you!      For The Dairy Queen (and King!) In Your Life: Bulgarian Yogurt Culture-$5.95 Why spend loads of money on store bought yogurt when making your own is so easy? Kefir Starter Culture-$5.95 Find our why kefir is called “the champagne of dairy products!” Cheese… more

December 10th, 2014 | No Comments

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Meet FARMcurious team member Tali

FARMcurious is excited to welcome a new member to our team! Tali comes to us with a well-rounded history revolving around food and farms. She will be helping us to keep great urban homesteading products on the website and keep you informed through social media and our newsletters. If you see her in our booth or at one of our fun classes, be sure to say Hi!   Tali first fell in love with cooking while living in Bologna, Italy, where she learned that eating good food with people you love is one of life’s greatest joys.  Although she never… more

December 5th, 2014 | No Comments

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Holiday Party DIY Swap & Free Gifts

So you know we’re having a party on Saturday, right? You’re invited, of course! AND we’re giving away free stuff! Here’s the catch: you have to bring something to share that you made. It could be a canning project, knitting creation, baked goodies, paper crafts, fermented, bejeweled, homegrown, home brewed…you get the idea! Bring more than one for more swapping power.  If you don’t have your tickets yet, get ‘em here: FARMcurious Holiday Party   Here’s how it works: 1) Drop off your item when you check in and sign our DIY list. We will display all the items so… more

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

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We have a gift for that!

The definitive gift guide for the curious person who has everything. We’ve considered our own loved-ones and put together some unique ideas to surprise and delight people from all walks of life. In line with our mission of connecting people with their food, we offer fun DIY classes and products to go with them. Give a gift that inspires someone and, if you’re lucky, you might get some fresh cheese or tangy ferments as a thank you! Struggling with what to get a curious cousin? Check our Maker list. Perhaps you are hunting for something elegant for your urban uncle – the Minimalist list… more

November 27th, 2014 | No Comments

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Bacteria all around us

Last week we sat in on a discussion hosted by CUESA and Kitchen Table Talks (a joint project of 18 Reasons and Civil Eats) about the unseen and largely unknown world of bacteria, a subject near and dear to FARMcurious. Moderator Dr. Daphne Miller, family physician and author of Farmacology and The Jungle Effect, kicked off the conversation by noting that it was only about 150 years ago that scientists first described these microorganisms and at that time the focus was on germs and eradication. It wasn’t until 2007 and the launch of the Human Microbiome Project that we really… more

November 24th, 2014 | No Comments

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Reduce waste, feed the hungry. FARMcurious and Food Shift.

You have a plum tree in your front yard and can only eat so many. The extra ripe unpicked fruit is falling to the ground. What do you do? One answer is to preserve it. As you know, we at FARMcurious are big fans of all the kitchen traditions that let you enjoy foods well past their season. I’m talking about jams, cheeses, pickles, fruit wines, kimchis…the list goes on. We teach the skills and sell the equipment to preserve what you have now for later. The added bonus is that those baskets of plums or gallons of milk don’t… more

November 18th, 2014 | No Comments

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FARMcurious is Hiring!

Have you ever dreamed of working for a growing little startup company, seeing what it takes to build a business from the ground? We’re currently seeking an Administrative/Marketing Coordinator to help the Founder with day-to-day execution of tasks related to the retail operation of urban homesteading products, events and classes. The ideal candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a constantly changing environment in a small, growing company where priorities may shift from day to day. Key Responsibilities Administrative Help track FARMcurious inventory and re-order when necessary Organize receipts, expenses and invoices using Quickbooks Extra points if you have bookkeeping experience… more

November 18th, 2014 | No Comments

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Win your favorite FARMcurious product!

FARMcurious will be giving away someone’s wish list favorite once a week from Nov 17-Dec 13th, so choose something for yourself while you’re shopping for friends and family. Here’s how it works: 1. Check out our online store to see exciting new items like Ceramic Fermenting Weights and a Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker, as well as classics like the FARMcurious Fermenting Set and Goat Cheese Making Kit. There are some great gift ideas in there (browse our gift roundup here) 2. While you’re browsing, choose any item you’d like to win and post the link to our Facebook Page explaining why you’d like to… more

November 17th, 2014 | 10 Comments

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Get a Jump on Holiday Gift-Making

We’ve all done it. Scrambling through cupboards wishing we hadn’t opened that last jar of apple jam or bottle of orange bitters. “It would have made the perfect gift!” you say, exasperated and empty-handed. This year think ahead and get going on DIY projects NOW to avoid that What-do-I get-Aunt-Louise? holiday conundrum. Apples, pears, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates, quinces are all in season and just begging to be turned into jams, shrubs, liqueurs. And don’t forget your veggies. Pickle beets, carrots, cauliflower and brussels sprouts and make hot sauce with whatever peppers are fresh! You will have a pantry full of… more

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments

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reCAP Mason jar cap giveaway!!

Those clever folks at reCAP keep coming out with MORE ways to improve on the already awesome Mason jar! Their original pour lid is an indispensable mason jar component, and soon it will be available in beautiful BLUE. Want to win one? How about 2? There are 3 ways to enter and the winner will get 1 of the not-yet-released wide mouth blue pour caps AND one of the original silver caps in the narrow mouth size. To enter, complete one of the following tasks. Increase your odds by completing all of the tasks. 1) Comment on this post about what… more

September 25th, 2014 | 44 Comments

Ultimate Homstead Starter Kit

Win an Ultimate Homestead Starter Kit!

The Oakland Eat Real Festival is this weekend and for fun we’re doing  a photo booth with lots of silly props. To spice it up even more we thought it would be fun to allow people to tag the photos of themselves on the FARMcurious Facebook page to be entered into a drawing for a really amazing Ultimate Homestead Starter Kit. If you happen to be a conscientious objector of Facebook or you don’t live locally enough to swing by our photo booth, we wanted to offer another way to be entered into the drawing. So here it is. To enter… more

September 16th, 2014 | 64 Comments

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Oakland Planning Commission Discusses Right to Grow Food TONIGHT (9/17) Please attend!

TONIGHT (Sept 17th) at 6pm the Oakland Planning Commission will be discussing a major positive change being considered to affect the currently confusing (and somewhat prohibitive) urban agriculture permitting structure. If the proposed changes pass, it will be a huge win for Oakland backyard farmers. It’s important to have high attendance in support of the changes, so please considering making it if you’re able. To attend at 6pm September 17th, the address is: Oakland City Hall One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room No. 1 Oakland, CA 94612. A note from Esperanza Pallana for those of you that can attend the meeting… more

September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

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7 Ways to Connect with What You Eat

“They’re growing!” My friend reported to me that a mushroom-growing kit I’d given her had, in fact, made mushrooms. “Now what do I do with it?” she inquired. “You eat them.” I replied. “Are you sure they are OK?” she asked with some trepidation. Don’t put that in your mouth, you have no idea where its been! We’ve all heard that before, right? But most of us frankly give little thought to where our food has been. It could have come from Tulsa or Timbuktu, but safely wrapped in plastic or sealed in a can and marked with a ‘best by’ date, we have come to trust what… more

August 13th, 2014 | No Comments