Workshops & Events

herbal salveHerbal Salve Class
October 20, 2019
11:00am-1:00pm
FREE
RSVP REQUIRED BY EMAIL

Our homemade Herbal Salve recipe is a little bit of garden magic for the gardener in your life! It’s not just for gardeners, though, and it makes a great gift for for anyone whose hands work hard, and deserve a little love and luxury. Join us for this FREE and fabulous class, where we will demonstrate the making of this Herbal Salve from simple ingredients, with variations like Mountain Lion Salve (a DIY Tiger Balm) as well as the classic comfrey and rosemary or lavender scents. Get a head start on your holiday gift-giving, and make a batch to give your friends! Supplies will be available for purchase at the time of class, at a 10% discount to class members.

tea blendsSpice Blends, Salts, and Herbal Teas: Hands on DIY Blends
October 27, 2019
11:00am-1:00pm
$45/per person
REGISTER ONLINE
This class focusses on making simple and elegant salt, spice, and tea blends from bulk bin ingredients. In this fun and fragrant class, each student will get to craft their own spice, tea, and salt blends from a selection of recipes that have been featured on our Homestead Journal. We’ll toast spices and grind them, sprinkle herbs and citrus zest into salt, and craft our own tea blends from flowers, herbs, and spices. Each of you goes home with an assortment of blends prepared in class, as well as a long list of recipes to carry on crafting, should inspiration strike.
cocktail bittersCraft Cocktail Infusions, Syrups, and Shrubs
November 3, 2019
11:00am-1:00pm
FREE
RSVP REQUIRED BY EMAIL
A boozy romp through the DIY craft cocktail ingredient cabinet! From Bitters to Limoncello, Shrubs, Syrups, and Infused Spirits, these seasonal beverage components will have you toasting the magic of doing it yourself, with friends! Learn recipes and techniques that can be adapted across a range of flavors and styles to create fun, original cocktails. Homemade booze makes a great gift, too!

bee classesToo Bee or not Too Bee
Sunday, November 9, 2019
11am-1pm
Free Beekeeping Overview
RSVP REQUIRED BY EMAIL
Join us for a free overview of what it takes to become a successful Beekeeper. This 2 hour lecture will cover the basics of equipment, procuring bees, time and money investment. 

wreath making classSeasonal Wreath Making Class
November 10, 2019
10:00am-1:00pm
$50/per person
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One of our most beloved classes! Gathered and grown in gardens and wild places of Santa Cruz county, we provide a dazzling array of greens, herbs, evergreen foliage, and berries to craft a seasonal wreath. Each participant receives a handmade wreath base, pruners and wire, and their choice from the selection of fresh and dried materials to make a fall or winter wreath to grace their home. There is a special kind of community that forms as we all work with our hands and with the natural materials to make these unique and beautiful creations. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own favorite or significant materials to work with or to share, such as ribbon, dried flowers, or favorite greenery.

garland classEvergreen Garlands Class
November 10, 2019
2:00pm-5:00pm
$50/per person
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New this year, by customer request, we introduce the evergreen garland class! Crafting a garland is similar to making a wreath, but it has its own particular rhythm and techniques. We’ll each make a 6’ garland of evergreen boughs, accented with herbal and floral materials.(If we have time and materials, you can go beyond 6’; measure your space before class, if you are hoping to craft a garland for a particular area.) Perfect to drape over a fireplace, lay along a long feast table, or climb up a banister, an evergreen garland is a beautiful way to bring the beauty and fragrance of the Pacific Northwest rainforest inside for the season.
Refunds on classes will not be given without 72 hours notice.