FARMcurious Blog

Put 'em Up - A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide

PRESERVING IS BACK, AND IT’S BETTER THAN EVER. Flavors are brighter, batch sizes are more flexible, and modern methods make the process safer and easier. Eating locally is on everybodys mind, and nothing is more local than Heirloom Salsa made from vine-fresh tomatoes or a quick batch of Ice-Box Berry Jam saved from the seasons last berries. Even beginners who never made peach jam or dill pickles in their grandmothers kitchens are eager to pick up preserving skills as a way to save money, extend the local harvest, and control the quality of preserved ingredients. The step-by-step instructions in Put ‘em Up will have the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers with the preserved goodness of summer in no time.

Posted Tuesday, February 08, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

The Great Rabbit Dilemma

There comes a time in every urban homesteader's life when one must decide how far you're going to take this thing. It was easy enough for us to decide that no pigs would live in our backyard.

Posted Wednesday, January 05, 2011 | By Nicole Easterday |

DIY Holiday Cheer

I love Christmas and I have as long as I can remember. It's not the presents, which are probably actually my least favorite part, but everything else.

Posted Thursday, December 16, 2010 | By Nicole Easterday |

Underground Holiday Gift Party!

The holidays are in full swing and everyone is searching for the perfect gift. FARMcurious would love to help you select something that will bring out the urban homesteader from the most serious 9 to 5'er.

Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 | By Nicole Easterday |

Homemade Foodie Gifts for the Holidays

On December 9th at 6pm, three food-loving DIYers will descend on a group of 25 at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley and share their diverse knowledge.

Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | By 2 |

DIY Holiday Gifts

What kind of urban homesteader would I be if I wasn't making at least of few of my own holiday gifts? In my family it's always been a tradition for the women to give gifts they made themselves with ultimate care and from the heart.

Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | By 2 |

So you call yourself a farmer?

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about this idea of urban farming and whether it’s fair to call what people in cities are progressively doing to grow and raise their own food ‘farming’.

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 | By 2 |

Visit our inspire page to book FARMcurious home demonstration!

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 | By 2 |

What happens when you preserve 100 lbs of tomatoes?!

Have you ever wondered what 100 lbs of processed tomatoes looks like? It’s a big number, fake-sounding almost, like a gross exaggeration – the canner’s equivalent to a fisherman ‘catching the big one’.

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 | By 2 |

How to 'treat' a chicken

Last Saturday I taught a workshop at the SF Underground Market on keeping urban chickens. There's nothing like teaching to make you take note of all you know...and all you don't know.

Posted Thursday, September 16, 2010 | By 2 |