Culture swap, homebrew lesson, and homebrew + moonshine tour

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


  1. lowrah’s avatar

    What an exciting series of events! I am disappointed that I am geographically removed.

  2. Sarah’s avatar

    Happy Girl Kitchen is having a culture swap/garden party on May 1st at the oldest standing bard in Oakland!
    449 49th Street

  3. Mimi’s avatar

    comepletely amazing and awesome! Thanks for finding me and sharing the news, Eric !


    p.s. Sarah, what time at Happy Girl?


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