Homesteading Calendar 2015

With a little help from the homesteading pros, this can be the summer you turn both of your thumbs green! From volunteer days where you can learn techniques firsthand from the Weavers Way farmers, to workshops that will remake your kitchen into a DIY hub, Weavers Way will have you sprouting into a master of the domestic arts this season. 

Check back often for updates! 

For more info: skane@weaversway.coop.

MAY
Wednesday, May 6, 7-9 p.m.

Food in Jars Canning Series: Preserve Spring with Rhubarb Jam and Asparagus Pickles
Celebrate the arrival of spring produce with cookbook author and Food in Jars blogger Marisa McClellan. She'll walk you through the steps of turning ruby stalks of rhubarb into jam and transforming crisp spears of asparagus into pickles. She'll also show you how to safely seal the jars so they're ready for your pantry shelves. All students will go home with recipes and canning details, as well as jars of the products made in class that day. Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E Mermaid Lane. REGISTER. 

Friday May 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Farmstand Grand Opening and Volunteer Day: Starting at 11 a.m., farmers will lead volunteers in the first monthly volunteer day of the year. Then, from 3 to 6 p.m., local vendors will offer samples, there will be grilling by the Weavers Way kitchen, games for kids and signups for 2015 Henry Got Crops CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

JUNE
Saturday June 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day: Weavers Way Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 1011 E. Washington Lane.

Wednesday, June 10, 7-9 p.m.

Food in Jars Canning Series: Cucumber Pickles, Fast and Slow, Vinegar and Fermented
Learn the basics of both quick vinegar and brined pickles with cookbook author and Food in Jars blogger Marisa McClellan. In the class, all students will build jars of vinegar-based quick pickles that can be eaten the next day as well as salt brined pickles that will need at least a week in a cool, dark place to achieve their signature fermented tang. All students will go home with the recipes and details, as well as the two jars of pickles they made in class that day. Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane.REGISTER.

JULY
Wednesday, July 8, 7-9 p.m.

Food in Jars Canning Series: Introduction to Canning Whole Peeled Tomatoes
Learn the basics of tomato preservation and boiling-water-bath canning with cookbook author and Food in Jars blogger Marisa McClellan. She'll walk you through the steps of prepping, packing, and preserving whole peeled tomatoes. All students will go home with the recipe and canning details, as well as a jar of the tomatoes made in class that day. Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. REGISTER.

Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day: Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

Tuesday, July 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Fermentation Workshop: with Amanda Feifer of Phickle
Fermenting is one of the oldest methods of food preservation around. We'll be taking on simple fermented green beans — perfect for CSA members looking to make the most of the U-Pick season. Amanda Feifer, Philadelphia-based blogger for Phickle, will show you the ropes. (Look for her new book, "Ferment Your Vegetables," out this spring.) Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

Thursday, July 23, 6-8 p.m.

Hometown Herbs How-To: Summer Skincare
Join us for the first in a series of workshops on using herbs for a variety of purposes, both inside and out! Herbal experts April Pedrick and Amy Hsu will lead you in making a natural toolkit to take on summer's insults, from heat and humidity, to bug bites and bee stings. Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

AUGUST
Saturday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day: Weavers Way Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 1011 E. Washington Lane.

Tuesday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.

Hometown Herbs How-To: Tinctures and Glycerites
Herbal experts April Pedrick and Amy Hsu will bring out the 5th grade science student in you with this workshop. Using alcohol and glycerin, they'll show you how to preserve plants for medicinal uses internal and external. Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 7-9 p.m.

Food in Jars Canning Series: Low Sugar Spiced Plum Jam
Love jam but can't bear to use all the sugar that traditional recipes require? Local cookbook author and Food in Jars blogger Marisa McClellan will teach you how to make perfect, flavorful low-sugar jam using Pomona's Pectin. She'll walk you through the steps of safe preserving (it's easier than you think!) and show you how to process the jars so that they're shelf-stable. All students will go home with the recipe and canning details, as well as a jar of the jam made in class that day.&nbspChestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. REGISTER.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day: Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.

OCTOBER
Saturday, Oct. 3. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day: Weavers Way Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 1011 E. Washington Lane.

Tuesday, September 22, 6-8 p.m.

Hometown Herbs How-To: Oils and Salves
As the cooler months arrive, you'll be happy to know how to create your own skin-nourishing oils and salves — which are also great for cuts and scrapes! Herbal experts April Pedrick and Amy Hsu will lead this class in extracting plant properties into oils that can then be used for a variety of salves for any purpose! Henry Got Crops Farm, 7095 Henry Ave.