Think fresh and plan to learn new skills or expand your current knowledge. 21 Acres is gearing up with a variety of affordable, educational offerings. Here’s what’s on the calendar in August and September:
Pick and Prepare — A Local Farm-to-Table Adventure
Experience farm to table firsthand during this three class series taking place on three Wednesday evenings: Aug. 27, Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. Learn the what and why of farm-to-table as you explore our organic farm, pick your own produce and bring it back to our commercial kitchen to make delicious creations under the guidance of our cooks.
Classic Composting Strategies for Fall Clean-Up: Kitchen Composting 101
This class, offered on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m., explores the benefits of composting at home, the basics of how it works, what makes “good” compost and different approaches that can be adapted depending on the specific situation. We’ll also introduce the idea of worm bin composting (or vermicomposting), which will be taught more in depth in a separate class. You’ll complete this class with enough knowledge to get started composting on your own. 21 Acres is pleased to offer this class to the community at no charge!
Plan ahead for Kitchen Compost Troubleshooting on Thursday evening, Sept. 18 (also no charge); Yard Waste Workshop, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4; and Worm Bin Workshop, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1.
Yes You Can!
Extend summer throughout the year by learning how to can and preserve your farm fresh produce. Take home two jars of produce that you help can while learning how to do so in a safe and effective manner. Classes will feature our kitchen team and a registered dietitian to help understand how preserving foods can help your nutrition through the winter. Class is offered the first Friday evening of the month beginning Sept. 5, and again on Oct. 3.
Start Right — How to Make Good Food for Growing Kids
Participants will help prepare their own pureed baby food and learn about general, infant and toddler-specific food safety. Emphasis will be on what a growing child needs and how to use local, seasonal, organic foods to achieve that on a budget. Class is offered on the first Saturday afternoon of the month beginning on Sept. 6 and again on Oct. 4.
My Local Pantry
Learn how to make hummus, ricotta cheese, salad dressings, salsa, pesto and other foods from Northwest ingredients. Cut back on waste and save money as you learn how to stock your pantry without relying on the supermarket. Class is offered the second Thursday evening of the month beginning on Sept. 11 and again on Oct. 9.
The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is a nonprofit agricultural and environmental learning center showcasing the agricultural heritage of our region.
The Center features sustainable design and technologies as well as ways to maximize the beneficial aspects of fresh local produce and farm products.
Supporting the farm and school, 21 Acres features a retail market, commercial kitchen and special event rental space, all housed on the property and within the LEED Platinum Certified green building.