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Bi-Rite Events


May 2014

SOLD OUT - Urban Gardening School

May 7 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Cost:$475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons: michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

18th Hour

May 8 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

closed for private event

May 9 from 6:00pm to 12:00am
 

Urban Gardening School

May 10 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Tickets: $475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons:
michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

closed for private event

May 10 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
 

closed for private event

May 10 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
 

SOLD OUT - Burrata by Hand

May 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesBurrata by Hand
{A hands-on cheesemaking course; each participant leaves with his/her freshly made cheese. Includes a cheese tasting of top burrata alongside an array of snacks.}
Monday, May 12, 6:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $55 for 18 Reasons members; $65 for the general public

The most exciting cheese on the cheese board needs little explanation: burrata is fresh mozzarella filled with luscious cream and more cheese. You get to make your own in one short night. And eat it too!

In this action-packed evening class, you will learn the basics of cheesemaking, including which milk to use, where to find cultures, and options for rennet and what makes a soft-ripened cheese variety unique in terms of the make process. You will also leave with a deeper understanding of the science behind the process - The San Francisco Milk Maid is an absolute well of information and inspiration!


About the Instructor
Louella Hill, aka The San Francisco Milk Maid, first encountered cheesemaking while on a sheep farm in Tuscany over a decade ago. There she realized she could be part of the process all the way from sunlight to dinner plate. She never turned back. She's trained in Europe and the US though now works mainly with a 5-gallon pot in her own kitchen. Her forthcoming book on home cheesemaking, Kitchen Creamery, is due out by Chronicle Books this year.
Visit her at
www.sfmilkmaid.com/
 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

May 14 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

18th Hour

May 15 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Flavors of Andalucia

May 16 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesFlavors of Andalucia
{A three hour hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with Spanish wine.}
Friday, May 16, 6:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $55 for 18 Reasons members, $65 for the general public


Camila Loew is passionate about traditional and contemporary uses of regional Spanish foods and the culture they stem from. In this three hour hands-on cooking class, she will focus on the cuisine of Andalucia in spring.

MENU

Ajoblanco (the original gazpacho)
Patatas Bravas
Crispy Chickpeas with Onion and Alioli
Fava Beans with Ham
Oranges with Olive Oil and Honey
Alfajores


About Camila

Sixteen years ago, I fell in love with Spain. I was on a two-month journey during a hiatus before graduate school, and little did I know that two months would eventually turn into fifteen years. I fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle: the busy, sun-filled cities with streets full of people chatting away day and night, the small villages with their plazas, fresh markets, narrow streets and long siestas, the ancient Gothic churches nestled in winding pedestrian roads. And especially the food, oh the food, completely in tune with the way of life. Lunchtime stretched out for hours, through course after course of olive.oil drenched, fresh, colorful, seasonal goodness. In the evenings, tapas crawls were a must, bar hopping with a glass of red wine and something to nibble on so as to line one’s stomach. Always eat more than you drink, and you’ll never get too drunk, were the wise words a tabernero from Extremadura once offered me as a welcome. And during that trip, of course, I also fell in love with a Spaniard. We met in Madrid, the city where lunch is at 3pm and dinner is at midnight. A few months later we both moved to Barcelona, so we could be close to the Mediterranean, eat fresh seafood and vegetables year-round. A few year later, a Ph.D. in Humanities as well as culinary training allowed me to teach American students abroad about Spanish literature, culture and, yes, food!

I recently relocated to the Bay Area and am heeding my own students’ advice, bringing a taste of the Spanish way of life through food to Americans. I am happy to teach you my favorite recipes and cooking techniques from all the regions of Spain, and, hopefully, make your kitchen a bit Spanish, too. The name of my newly founded company, Sobremesa, implies what I love most about Spanish food culture: its social aspect. A meal is not a meal unless friends and family are at the table.

When I am not teaching, you can find me riding my bike with my madrileño husband and two Catalan kids around Berkeley, from farmers’ market to farmer’s market.
 

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