A New Series of Do-It-Yourself Classes



 Meet our instructors:

Backyard Chickens with Jeannie McKenzie of Pine Heaven Farm

Jeannie lives on a half acre homestead in Montclair that was the neighborhood's first chicken farm. She has been gradually reviving the old farmstead which now includes chickens, bees, and goats, an organic garden and many fruit trees. Jeannie is a circus artist, dancer, musician and teacher. She currently teaches music in a few elementary schools and plays with several bands around town. Jeannie has been involved in many aspects of homesteading and she’s excited to share her growing knowledge of and passion for backyard chicken farming.  JEANNIE MCKENZIE 

How to Brew Beer at Home with Chris Opela of More Beer!

Chris Opela is the Sales Manager for Brewmaster, a wholesale supplier of beer and wine making supplies.  He has been home brewing, making mead, fruit wines, and other delicious beverages at home for 20 years. Chris is a BJCP Certified beer judge, and enjoys teaching and talking about home brewing.


Exploring Shibori & Indigo Dyeing with Jenny Fong of Modern Shibori

Jenny Fong has been practicing shibori for 5 years and founded Modern Shibori, a home decor and accessories line, located in Berkeley, CA.

Jenny's inspired by architectural shapes, and bold colors in a modern world. Contrasting mid-century modern-inspired geometric patterns against the organic nature of natural dyes and shibori, she creates unique beauty on scarves and home goods. Everything is made with love and loads of indigo (blue) or the natural dye of the day.



Home Cheese making 101 with Kirstin Jackson of It's Not You, It's Brie


Kirstin Jackson is a cheese and wine writer, consultant, and teacher. She loves teaching people how to stretch mozzarella curds in cheese making classes as much as she adores sharing her favorite French Alpine cheese in pairing classes!

From visiting Comté caves to wandering through Loire Chenin Blanc vineyards in France, Kirstin travels extensively. After recently spending two months flipping cheddar slabs in England and washing funky cheese rinds in Ireland, Kirstin feel so in love with the curd that she started to teach cheese making classes upon her California return. She visits domestic cheesemakers any chance she gets, and reports back on her adventures on her blog.

Kirstin went to the California Culinary Academy and studied Cultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley. She is the author of It's Not You, It's Brie: Unwrapping America's Unique Culture of Cheese.


Kirstin Jackson 

Beginning Floral Design with Karen and Kelsey Cox of Mais Oui Floral Design

Mais Oui is a freestyle-focused floral design studio based in the East Bay of San Francisco. Founded, run and owned by Kelsey Cox, Mais Oui is the result of a passion for flowers that began in her mother's garden. Her great grandfather even owned a flower shop in Ohio - a deep love of flowers runs in her family!

Mais Oui uses locally grown flowers whenever possible; the resulting style is organic and thoughtful with unique combinations of flowers in an exquisite palette of colors.


Embellished leather pet collars and a Tooled leather wallet class with Jen Laursen

Jen Laursen, owner and designer of Tilt Leather, has been making leather accessories for women, men and home for the last 7 years. She also teaches leatherwork to kids and adults around the bay area. You can catch her work at local stores and artisan markets as well as online at http://www.tiltleather.com.

Kimchi Workshop with food blogger Selina Lee.


Selina S. Lee is a designer and a food blogger based in Oakland, CA. She writes about cooking and entertaining creatively. She is also the host of Banchan Workshop, a Korean theme based cooking workshop to gather people around the table to cook and feast together. She has hosted workshops like Korean Street Food, Date Night In and How to Make Kimchi. She designs her own menus for the workshops and shares the recipes on her website http://selinaslee.com.