Thursday, February 6, 2014

White Rock Local Market Urban Homestead Classes in February

White Rock Local Market and Gecko Hardware are hosting a series of five, fun and informative Urban Homestead Classes throughout February.

Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters Kevin and Marta Sprague take coffee addictions to the next level February 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Learn to roast beans in a small home roaster, cast iron skillet or a popcorn popper.  Cost is $20 per person and includes Noble coyote Coffee beans roasted in class to brew at home.

Learn the secrets to pickling and preserving February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with instructors Kathy Neumuller of JJ&B Jams and Jellies and Lisa Staffelbach from 24 Carrot Health.  Students learn hot bath canning and how to make fruit, and shelf safe pickling.  Cost is $30 per person and includes JJ&B preserves and quick pickles made in class.

Texas Worm Ranch’s Heather Rinaldi instructs students to love thy garbage on February 22 from 10:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. Discover the worthwhile benefits of vermicomposting, how to set up and care for worm bins and how to use worm castings to improve your chances for organic and landscaping success.  Cost is $20 per person.

Mother and daughter duo Marilyn and Donelle Simmons take over White Rock Local Garden February 23 to teach “Keyhole Gardening with Garden Inspirations.”  From 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. gardeners will learn how to grow the maximum amount of food in a small space and learn how to utilize mounds of refuse to create a “hot bed” of biological activity with this water-wise technique. Cost is $50 per person and includes snacks and refreshments. 

All classes (except Keyhole Gardening with Garden Inspirations) will be held at Gecko Hardware, 10233 E Northwest Hwy #409.  To purchase tickets go to

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