“Cheesemaking classes have been huge for us,” reports Nicole Easterday, who started her Oakland business, FarmCurious, five years ago to offer workshops and accoutrements for the do-it-yourselfer. “We can’t do enough of them. People have money again and are looking for fun things to do.”
But while some newbies are stretching their first mozzarella or fermenting their first batch of kraut, the more seasoned urban homesteaders now want to dive deeper.
In their honor, let us present the Tupperware party for the DIY generation: urban homesteading get-togethers hosted by Nicole Kramer of FarmCurious.
Gather your closest friends for a beginner’s guide to canning, preserving, pickling, even raising animals (chickens, bees). Kramer demos the necessary equipment, often bringing samples of her own homemade yogurt or plum wine for participants to taste. Her philosophy? It’s easier (and less hippie-dippy) than you think.
Nicole Kramer owner of FARMCurious will lead this “modern day tupperware party” and not only educate your guests on how to get started but also provide you and your guests with the tools needed, to start preserving, culturing and brewing to your hearts content.
Nicole Kramer launched FARMcurious, a one-stop shop for all things homesteady, and Her Majesty’s Secret Beekeeper briefly brought beekeeping supplies to the heart of the Mission. Classes in everything from chutney to cheese making became abundant, at venues like 18 Reasons, Urban Kitchen SF, the Institute of Urban Homesteading, BioFuel Oasis, and Happy Girl Kitchen.
- Alice Waters in line for a gordito at Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana stand.
- While discussing beer with Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewery, specifically how collaborative and easy going “competing” brewers tend to be with each other, he sited a shocking statistic: The 1600 craft brewers in the U.S. make up a mere 5% of beer consumption, while Budweiser alone holds 41%.
- Nicole Kramer’s Farm Curious: A shop that provides all one would ever need to be a real urban homesteader…but without a storefront. She’s transient for now, sort of the retail parallel of a food truck.