Category Archives: Farms

‘Hip Homesteading’ classes teach jam-making, beer brewing and more

The Washington State University Kitsap Extension’s Small Farms Team this week will kick off a series of classes dubbed “Hip Homesteading” to teach skills from jam and pickle making to home brewed beer. (Mmmm beer.)

All but the homebrewing class will be taught at Silverdale Community Center, 9729 Silverdale Way. Cost is $35 per class ($50 per family). 4H and FFA youth are free.

The first class starts Thursday from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. with a lesson in using some of the season’s fresh berries to make jam. Bring an apron and a sack lunch.

For more information on this and other classes, contact Shannon Harkness at 360-337-7026.

Here is a list of other classes coming this month:

Cheesemaking: Monday, July 11 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Homebrewing: Thursday, July 14 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Slippery Pig Brewery, 795 NW Finn Hill Road, Poulsbo

Hot Summer Nights Farmwalk: Monday, July 18 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Red Barn Farm/Wyckels Farm on Central Valley

Cheesemaking: Thursday, July 21 10 a.m. to1  p.m.

Jammin’: Monday, July 25 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In a Pickle: Thursday, July 28 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Farm walk in Port Orchard tonight

Something I apparently missed in last week’s food news roundup is the first of several educational farm walks hosted by WSU Kitsap Extension.

Here’s the press release:

Beginning June 27th at 6:00pm at School Bell Farm in Port Orchard, WSU Kitsap Small Farms Team hosts HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, a series of education farm walks to showcase the bounty of sustainable, small acreage farms.

Monday, June 27th – Small Acreage Livestock at School Bell Farm, 9795 SE Horizon Lane Port Orchard, WA 98367

All farm walks run from 6:00 – 8:00pm and are open to individuals and children over 12 years of age. The cost is $15 per family and pre-registration is requested. You can register online at or at the gate! For more information on HOT SUMMER NIGHTS please contact Diane Fish at 360-337-7026 or by email at