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

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upcoming events

January 27, February 24, + March 24, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Biofuel Oasis, Berkeley, CA

Stefani will be teaching a three-part series; Growing Food 101- come for one class or all. Session 1: Getting StartedWe'll cover food safety, soil structure, building raised vegetable beds, and setting up irrigation systems and watering strategies. You'll learn everything you need to know to structure your edible garden for success. Session 2: Planting Your GardenWe'll dive into soil preparation, perennial and annual plants, growing by seed, growing by transplant, plant placement, and fertilization. You'll leave with all of the tools to grow an abundance of food. Session 3: MaintenanceWe'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. 

March 3, 2018

Healdsburg SHED, Healdsburg

Beautiful, colorful bitters are a great way of preserving a moment in time from your garden. Make your own citrus-based winter bitters in this workshop with Stefani Bittner while you learn about how to grow and care for the wonderful varieties of citrus, herbs and edible flowers that grow locally throughout winter and early spring. Participants will choose their own ingredients and make their own personal jar of bitters to take home along with a recipe for making more at home. You will come away knowing about the medicinal and digestive benefits of bitters, how to care for winter citrus, and knowing what to plant now for your spring garden, and what will be coming soon to plant for summer.  Find more details here!  

March 8, 2018, 10-11:30 am

Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross

Join Homestead's lead edible gardener, Sierra Vasquez, in Marin Art and Garden Center's Edible Garden to learn how to make the most of your salad garden, or start one from scratch. She'll dive into soil preparation, growing greens by seed and transplant, plant placement, and fertilization. Come ready to get your hands dirty- you'll be helping to replant Marin Art and Garden Center's salad bed! You'll leave with all of the tools to grow and enjoy an abundance of garden-to-table salad all year long! Register here

March 10, 2018, 10-11:30 am

Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito

In the Bay Area, it's possible to grow all that you need for delicious, hearty salads each and every season. Homestead's lead edible gardener, Sierra Vasquez, will empower you with all of the knowledge and skills to create your own salad garden for year-round eating. You'll get to taste her favorite seasonal varieties of classic and unusual greens and delicious, inventive salad recipes to put them to use. Register here

April 17, 2018

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

Healdsburg SHED HomeFarm, Healdsburg

Save the date! We're so excited for this collaboration with Studio Choo, Sasha Duerr, and Healdsburg SHED, which has been a long time in the making. We'll introduce a plant palette for your garden that is easy to grow and can be used for the harvest of food, flowers, and natural dye. We'll start by getting to know the plant palette and then we'll transition into a flower arranging class with Studio Choo's Alethea Harampolis. We'll wrap up with natural dye instruction from Sasha Duerr, author of Natural Color. A delicious lunch will be included. Stay tuned for more details! 

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.