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Late notice, but the big party for Ferment Change party is going on tonight. Last year it was a great time, so come if you can. If you can’t, there are other events in the coming weeks. Here’s the announcement:

Calling all homebrewers, picklers, sourdough wranglers, and lovers of LBacillus!

Friday, May 14th from 7-10pm we will be at the Humanist Hall in Oakland to share fermented foods and cultures to benefit Urban Ag Heroes City Slicker Farms. There will be a fermented feast, live music, DJs, a workshop series, slideshow and lots of cultures from sourdough to Kombucha Scoby to take home. If you make anything fermented, please bring it to share and be entered in a rally to win great prizes! Imagine a 300+ fermented food potluck! More info and events posted at Bring your own plate and fork!

390 27th St.
Oakland, Ca. 94612
$10-$30 no one turned away
email to volunteer or arrange a work trade

Ferment Change is back in Oakland, California, with even more awesome events than last year. Here’s the gist: A series of events where we eat and drink all manner of delicious fermented foods, plus lessons and exchanges during which awesome picklers help each other become become even more awesome at pickling—all in support of City Slicker Farms, a fantastic urban farming and food and environmental justice group that builds and maintains backyard gardens and runs gardening workshops, a farm stand, and compost collection in West Oakland. Melissa Schilling took the photo above at one of their sites.

Here’s a list of the happenings. They last from April till June, so you’ll probably be hearing about them from me again later on. Coming up this month there will be fermented beverage workshops, tastings, and a culture exchange on April 17th; a lesson in homebrewing on the 18th; a plant sale on the 14th; and a tour of homebreweries and home distilleries (the latter is a rare one!) on the 25th. Later on, there will be a big fermented food potluck and party, a gourmet dinner, another tour, a workshop for kids… scroll down to see it all + contact info.

Bring yo’ Motha’- A night of fermented beverages to benefit City Slicker Farms

Kombucha, Ginger Beer, Vinegar, and Kefir workshop and mother culture swap

April 17th 8-12pm

1236 23rd Avenue
Oakland, CA 946

COST- FREE. Donations accepted. Mixed drinks and food for sale to benefit City Slicker Farms


Extract Beer Brewing with Chris

Hands on brewing. April 18th


Contact Chris at for the address and to RSVP

COST- FREE. Donations are accepted


PLANT SALE!- Come on by for some live music and a beyond organic plants sale by the People’s Grocery

April 24th


California Hotel *to raise funds to hire residents from the hotel to work in the greenhouse

35th and Chestnut in West Oakland

More info: or


Tour De Ferment-A homebrewers and home stills bike tour and tasting through the East Bay

April 25th- Details TBA.

RSVP with Dylan at or munc at for location start point

COST- Sliding Scale $10-$30 to benefit CSF. No one turned away for lack of funds


Ferment Change 2010 – Fermented Food Feast and Celebration of Urban Agriculture

Including a potluck, live music, demonstrations and fermented product tasting to raise funds for City Slicker Farms

May 14th, 2010


390 27th St, Oakland Ca. 94612

COST- $10-$30 Sliding Scale to raise funds for City Slicker Farms. Let us know what fermented treats you are bringing at

No one turned away for lack of funds. Email for info work trade


City Slicker Farms Bike Tour and Potluck

Sunday May 16th 2010 – Take a tour with Logan of City Slicker Farms through City Slicker Farms’ urban gardens and farms in West Oakland. Along the way we will visit Backyard Gardeners from City Slickers “BYG” program. Bring a snack, some fermented treats will be provided

Please RSVP with and state what you can afford to contribute

COST:$10-$50 Sliding Scale to benefit City Slicker Farms. Limit 20 people.


Ferment – a sit-down cultured dinner, with talk by Novella Carpenter and City Slicker Farms’ backyard gardeners to raise funds for the Backyard Gardening Program

June 3rd – Details TBA, 75 person limit

email or kent@cityslickerfarms for more info or to RSVP

COST-$60-$100 per plate all to benefit City Slicker Farms. 5 Community tickets are available at reduced rates for work exchange


Ferment for Kidz- Kraut making for kids with Mike

June 12th-Details and location to TBA

email mike at for more info


Ferment Trouble Shooting- -What went right or wrong


Wondering where to get a fermentation starter? On Saturday, February 20th, the folks at CRITTER are hosting a mini fermentation festival, with demonstrations on how to start and use cultures in your kitchen. There will be samples to snack on, presentations, and a culture trade, plus people will be on hand to give tips on making a better pickle. This is your chance to pick up a kombucha mother, sourdough starter, or whatever you’ve been hankering after. And if it isn’t on hand, I bet you could get the number of someone who can give you one the next time they have extra. If you’ve got a culture you’d like to trade, bring it with you or get in touch with the organizers. I’ll be there explaining how to make and eat kefir, and I should have some starter grains to give away.

There will also be demos on growing plants from cuttings and mushrooms from spores—the event embraces anything that grows from a starter.

These are the folks who brought us the kimchi contest last year, and I expect this event will be just as fun.

Here are the vitals:

Saturday, February 20 from 2-4 PM
Cost: Free!

Please RSVP to:
crittersalon AT
Subject heading “Mother Cultures”

@ the Studio for Urban Projects:
3579 17th Street
between Dolores and Guerrero
San Francisco

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