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Exhibitors In The HOMEGROWN Village At Maker Faire Bay Area 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

We are so excited for Maker Faire this year! The HOMEGROWN Village — the food and sustainability area of the Faire — is better than ever!

Here is a list of the exhibitors participating in the Village. For more about Maker Faire, and The HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire, you can check out the links, but it really must be experienced to fully “get” it. Hope to see you there!

Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo

The Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo is an organization dedicated to educating both new and experienced beekeepers. Our exhibit will be staffed by experienced beekeepers to answer questions, offer support and provide products form their hives for sale.

Build A Bug Habitat!

Create a wildlife habitat full of nooks and crannies for a variety of insects. Re-purpose materials such as wooden wine boxes, used lumber and natural organic materials. Attract pollinators!

Disconnect from the Water Grid: Greywater, Rainwater, Composting Toilets

From Greywater Action: Learn how to reduce dependence on the water grid with simple, low-tech, low-cost options. Greywater Action is a collaborative group of educators, designers, builders and artists who educate and empower people to build sustainable water culture and infrastructure.

East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance

EBUAA: educates on sustainable practices for growing and raising healthy food in an urban environment; develops infrastructure to support agriculture throughout the East Bay; and advocates for policies that enable productive use of urban land. (Plus you can meet Tom and Rachel from Dog Island Farm and The HOMEGROWN Life column!)

Farming FOR Mother Nature

Find out what organic agriculture really means and how including Mother Nature in our food production is both mutually beneficial and necessary for our future; learn ecological farming techniques for your own backyard garden! From Singing Frogs Farm.


Guerrilla Gardens

Become a modern Johnny Appleseed, spreading seed balls to restore natural beauty! These guerrilla gardens are full of wildflowers native to North America, enjoyed by humans and wildlife alike. Just throw & don’t mow! Also, don’t miss Edward’s seed ball-making workshops happening each afternoon!

Hacking Agriculture

Meet Pilar Reber and Rick Wesson a husband and wife team living a sustainable, organic life while hacking seven acres of local urban biodynamic farmland in Richmond, CA.

Happy Girl Kitchen

Happy Girl Kitchen Co. makes a variety of preserved goods using locally harvested produce and is a part of the DIY local food revolution. Happy Girl Kitchen Co. is making change in a delicious way, “one jar at a time”.

Letterpress Printing The Old-fashioned Way

Letterpress printing has been around since Johannes Gutenberg invented it in the mid-15th Century. Visit Peach Farm Studio to learn about letterpress printing the old fashioned way and print a letterpress label or recipe card to take home with you.

Milkin’ In The City

Goat milk? Learn how you can have some too with your very own urban goats. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of keeping dairy goats in the city. From Heidi Kooy of Itty Bitty Farm In The City.

Poo Garden

Feed greedy plants – not greedy banks!
This composting toilet was designed for the Occupy movement. What started out as a urine-diverting, dry-composting toilet ended up as a permanent fixture that reclaims a place for nature.

Ritual Coffee

At the Ritual Coffee booth, you’ll get to taste different coffees and learn about how varietal, processing and origin contribute to the natural flavors of a particular coffee. All brewing will be done on equipment that is available for home use. Ask the experts how you can improve your coffee at home.

Sonatas of the Soil

Lily Films (makers of the documentary, The Future of Food) will show three shorts from their new film project, Symphony of the Soil. These short Sonatas of the Soil are each 10-15 minutes long and delve deeply into one topic.

Tiny Homes

There’s a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes on land, on wheels, on the road, on water, even homes in trees. Be inspired to MAKE your own. From Shelter Publications. Also see Lloyd Kahn’s presentation on Tiny Homes


Trackers is an education organization dedicated to teaching old school outdoor skills: wilderness survival, wild plants, homesteading crafts, kayak building, tracking, and more. We run weekend programs for adults, summer camps, and after school groups.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Co.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. will teach you how to reduce your carbon footprint, eliminate reliance on mortgages and have the freedom of living with less “stuff” by building your own little house.

Urban Biofilter

Our Mobile Greenbelts are fabricated out of upcycled and palletized totes. The plants we select for these modular systems grow quickly and provide dense foliage for air filtration and wastewater reuse and treatment.

Worms, Worms, Worms!

Did you know that there are hundreds of millions of microscopic soil critters in a teaspoon of healthy soil? Learn how to grow a healthy garden by feeding these soil critters. Compost and create a garden that is life sustaining. The County of San Mateo/RecycleWorks Master Composter Program encourages composting, IPM and reuse for sustainable gardening in San Mateo County.


Call to Makers for the HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire Bay Area

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

That’s right, we’re curating a HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire that celebrates what YOU do: growing, preserving, building, sprouting, brewing, urban farming – anything DIY and homestead-y. This is THE most inspiring gathering of creative and passionate Do-It-Yourself-ers and promises to be a really fun time.

Deadlines for submissions is 4/10/2009. Drop a line or comment here and we’ll send you more information.


Corn on the cob at a concert!?!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Here are a couple of photos from the HOMEGROWN Concessions at Farm Aid 2008 this past weekend. The were tons of good food options at the show – organic burgers and dogs, pizza, beer, and those famous Patchwork Family Farms pork sandwiches. See our Flickr for photos from the HOMEGROWN Village.