California, here we come! HOMEGROWN.org is headed west this weekend for Maker Faire Bay Area, the ginormous annual festival of all things sawed, hammered, welded, programmed, and—yep—grown. Farmers are the original makers, after all! For the sixth year running, HOMEGROWN and our big sibling, Farm Aid, are partnering with Maker Faire to put on the HOMEGROWN Village, a curated haven devoted to food, gardening, and eating.
Most definitely eating.
Maker Faire Bay Area runs Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Mateo Event Center. You can snag tickets here—but first, get a preview below of what to expect in the HOMEGROWN Village. Makers, start your taste buds!
HANDS-ON HOMEGROWN WORKSHOPS
Roll up your sleeves and dig into these hands-on homesteading how-tos! Full schedule below.
» 11:30 a.m. Kraut-a-thon, with Todd Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen (Can’t make it Saturday? Get your kraut fix, same time on Sunday!)
» 1 p.m. Chinese Noodle Making, with Mr. Wang (Can’t make it Saturday? Catch more noodle magic, same time on Sunday!)
» 3 p.m. Unraveling the String Cheese Knot, with Louella Hill, a.k.a. the San Francisco Milk Maid
» 5 p.m. Making Marshmallows, with Cristina Arantes
» 6 p.m. Sourdough Starters, with Brandy Reynolds (as in, take home your own starter!)
» 6:30 p.m. DIY Tea Blending, with Christopher Coccagna
» 11:30 a.m. Kraut-a-thon, with Todd Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen (Can’t make it Sunday? Get your sauerkraut fix, same time on Saturday!)
» 1 p.m. Chinese Noodle Making, with Mr. Wang (Can’t make it Sunday? Catch more noodle magic, same time on Saturday!)
» 3 p.m. Shake It Like You Mean It: Butter Making 101! with HOMEGROWN.org (Yep, that’s us! Shimmy over and say hello!)
» 3:30 p.m. Ginger Beer with Wild Fermentation, with Jennifer Harris
» 4:30 p.m. We Can Pickle That! with Kelly McVicker
MAKER SQUARE STAGE
Head here for a jam-packed lineup of food and farming demos! Full schedule below.
» 11 a.m. Making the Perfect Dip, with Kelly Manzo
» 11:30 a.m. It’s All in the Crust: Making Your Best Pie, with Suzanne Kissinger
» Noon Gastronomy + Chocolate = Make a Unique Dessert, with Vanessa Holden
» 12:30 p.m. Making Pearl Sugar, with Sivan Wilensky
» 1 p.m. Making Bean to Bar Chocolate at Home, with Greg D’Alesandre
» 2 p.m. Home Coffee Roasting, with Byron Dote of Sweet Maria’s
» 2:30 p.m. Backyard Beekeeping, with Kendal Sager
» 3:30 p.m Tiny Homes on the Move, with Lloyd Kahn, author of a 2012 book by the same title, as well as the 1973 classic Shelter. Don’t miss him.
» 4 p.m. Your Place in the World—An Intro to Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming, with Justin Cutter
» 4:30 p.m. Soil is Life. Tillage is Death. The Awesome Future of Agriculture, with Paul Kaiser
» 5 p.m. Bringing Home the Grain, with Doug Mosel
» 11 a.m. String from Sticks! with Tamara Wilder
» 11:30 a.m. Mushroom Cultivation, with Patty and Ray Lanier of the Mushroom Maestros
» Noon Home Kitchen Food Handling & Safety, with Bill Waiste
» 12:30 p.m. Root to Stalk Cooking: Discovering a New Way of Looking at Vegetables, with the James Beard Award-winning author Tara Duggan, who was kind enough to share the recipe for her no-cook fennel-Parmesan salad with HOMEGROWN last year
» 1:30 p.m. DIY Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, and Cream Cheese: A Simple DIY Science Project for the Whole Family, with Tyler Henthorne
» 2 p.m. Art of Dehydrating: Dehydrating Pineapples into a Hibiscus Flower, with Michelle Francia
» 2:30 p.m. Your Sustainable Home Brewery: Crash Course in Building It and Using It, with Amelia Loftus
» 3 p.m. Aero Press: Coffee from the Future! with Chris Casassa
» 3:30 p.m. Wet Block to Finish Product (homemade jerky!), with Randall Hughes
» 4 p.m. How to Make a Good Sweet Potato Pie, with Charles Swift
HUNGRY FOR MORE MAKING?
» Browse HOMEGROWN Village photos from last year’s Maker Faire Bay Area
» Be your own maker! Find all kinds of DIY projects to craft, plant, grow, cook, preserve, and beyond in the HOMEGROWN 101 library!