Homestead Design Collective
Homestead Design Collective is a Bay Area edible landscaping company. We design, create, and organically maintain beautiful gardens that provide harvest.

Books + Events

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Stefani Bittner co-wrote The Beautiful Edible Garden, deemed one of Amazon's Best Garden Books of 2013 (Ten Speed Press, 2013). The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make the garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits one's personal style. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces- from large yards to patios- this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden. 

More recently, Stefani teamed up with Studio Choo's Alethea Harampolis to co-write Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017). Harvest is a beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, and more. Stefani and Alethea demonstrate how to turn turmeric root into a natural dye, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea, and so much more. The book is both an informative garden guide and a source of inspiration for aspirational yet achievable projects. 

Stefani regularly speaks on the themes of The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harvest at events throughout the country. She's available to talk and lead workshops on these subjects at private events, garden clubs, and garden shows throughout the Bay Area. If you're interested in learning more about having Stefani speak or lead a workshop at your event, please leave a message here.

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March 24, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Biofuel Oasis, Berkeley

Join Stefani for her third class in a three-part series, Growing Food 101. We'll discuss how you can make the most of your garden for a lifetime to come. We'll cover maintenance, secession planting, organic pest management, trouble-shooting water issues, harvesting, and maximizing food and enjoyment from your edible garden. We'll also talk about incorporating bees, backyard chickens, and pets into an edible garden space. $35 per class, or $90 for all three. 

April 7, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show @ The Historic Cow Palace, San Francisco

Stefani will be giving a seminar titled "Harvest: A Guide to Living in a Beautiful Edible Garden" at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. She'll be discussing themes from Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants and demonstrating projects from the book. Stop by the Real Books booth beforehand for book signing! Buy tickets to the Flower & Garden Show here

April 17, 2018, 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross

Join Homestead's lead edible gardener, Sierra Vasquez, for this intimate, interactive gardening class. Prepare to get your hands dirty and learn how to strategically maximize the abundance and beauty of your summer edible garden. We’ll make sure to cover everything tomato-related, including favorite heirloom tomato varieties, pruning, trellising, and general care, but we’ll also cover companion planting, succession planting, planting thoughtfully for pollinators (which is so important for favorite summer squashes), and more. We’ll discuss space-saving vegetables for small-space gardens, and the herbs and edible flowers we love to round out warm-weather vegetable beds. You’ll also plant seeds and seedlings in the MAGC Edible Garden to practice Sierra’s tips and tricks of the trade. You’ll leave with all of the tools for a successful summer bounty! Register here

April 29, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Healdsburg SHED HomeFarm, Healdsburg

Learn to create beautiful arrangements and hand-dyed fabrics with the harvest from your backyard garden. Just in time for Mother’s Day, join designers, artists, and authors Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis, and Sasha Duerr in creating a garden-based plant dye palette at SHED’s HomeFarm. Participants will create and take home their own flower arrangement as well as a textile in dye. The class will begin with a tasting, overview, and discussion of the medicinal and culinary uses of plants including rosemary, flowering basil, and yarrow, led by Stefani. After a walk around SHED’s HomeFarm to identify blooms and plants, Alethea will lead the group in a floral arranging class. Finally, Sasha will demonstrate how to dye with the plant palette from the day. Lunch will be included. Find more info and buy tickets here

May 12, 2018, 10-11:30 am

Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito

Edible flowers are some of the greatest multitaskers in the garden; they support pollinators while adding beauty and color, and are delicious and nutritious to boost. Join Sierra Vasquez in exploring her favorite varieties (taste testing included!), learn how she plants them strategically to maximize bounty and beauty, and discover how she likes to utilize and preserve edible flowers after they've been harvested, from beautiful pressed cheeses and medicinal teas to healing creams and infused vinegars. You'll leave with a luxurious moisturizing and exfoliating flower-infused salt scrub of your own creation. 

May 12, 2018, 11:00 AM- 12:00 AM

Annie's Annuals, Richmond

Stefani will be teaching a FREE Incredible Edible Flowers workshop at Annie's Annuals on Day 1 of their Mother's Day Party! She'll show you how to add floral pizazz to a variety of dishes, desserts, and cocktails, and give you a taste of a few of her favorites. Come learn everything you've ever wanted to know about the world of edible flowers, and stay and plant shop and enjoy the other Mother's Day Party festivities!