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Special Events 2014
Unlike classes, events require no pre-registration,
Just show up at the location listed or if none is listed, email us for details.


Spring Kick-Off
Movie Night & Urban Ag Social

Growing Cities
The Movie

The New Parkway
Tuesday April 8, Doors at 6pm, movie @7pm $8
Join IUH and friends as we kick-off our 8th season of programming with a fun evening social and documentary movie night.
We'll be gathering at the New Parkway (movie pizza pub--arrive early to grab your food & drink!)


Purchase tickets here

Door prizes!
Report Back from the Oakland Food Policy Council!
Jam Tasting & Jam Swap -- bring a jar to taste and a jar to trade!
PLUS Q & A with Dan Susman, Filmmaker

Co-Sponsored By:
The Living Seed Company, Transition Town Albany, Planting Justice, Oakland Food Policy Council, East Bay Urban Agricultural Alliance





Urban Farm Tours 2014
Berkeley & Oakland June 7, 10am-4pm

Vallejo June 8, 11am-4pm

See what established home-scale urban farmers are up to and what is possible on a small. medium, large, or extra large urban lot.

You will see fruit & vegetable gardens, composting systems, rabbits, goats, bees, greywater and more, plus you will get to sample some of what these urban farmers are producing. Each homestead is unique in its interpretation and use of space. This will be a chance to ask questions about animals, gardening, techniques, greywater systems, rainwater harvesting, food forests, permaculture and more.

How it Works
If you are already on our mailing list, you will receive maps and directions in our June newsletter.
If you are not already on our mailing list, use our contact form to tell us you want to come.
PLEAEE NOTE: registration by email ends one hour before the start of the tour each day. After that no one is in the office to respond.
The private addresses of our farmers are intentionally not published here on the web.

We'll send you the locations a week before the event.
Once you have the locations, plan your itinerary and bike, drive or walk yourself there.
Visit as many of the sites as you have time or interest for.
Guided tours with tasting and Q & A are lead by the farmers once per hour on the hour . Each tour lasts about 45 minutes.
You can pay as you go at each site, or support the tour by paying in advance, allowing you entrance to all the sites.

BIKE CONTINGENT: Wanna bike the Berkeley Oakland Tour?
email Vajda scvajda(at)gmail(dot)com to join the bike contingent

Farm Tour Sites 2014 ~ Berkeley Oakland
Farm Tour Sites 2014 Vallejo

Pay as you go option
$5 per person, per location. Kids under 12, $3. No one turned away for lack of funds.
This option lets you pay as you go and decide how many sites to visit on the spur of the moment.
Visit one, two or all the sites if you can!. You may also purchase a day pass at the first site you visit.
Cash and check only.

Purchase In advance option
This cash free option allows you to support the farmers and IUH with your generous donation.
Pay full price for a ticket--or give a little more and get a day pass good for entry to all sites, plus a chance to win valuabkle door prizes!

Purchase in advance -WIN DOOR PRIZES
Urban Farms Tours is a benefit for the Institute of Urban Homesteading and helps us to be able to offer a sliding scale tuition and free events during the year, as well as paying our teachers and farmers a fair hourly for their expertise. We do this with no outside funding or other contributions . As a way to thank you for your advance ticket purchase, with or without a little extra, we'll enter you in a drawing to wiin fun, farm oriented door prizes from our farmers, including private tours, homegrown honey, eggs or nursery plants.

Full price ticket - One chance to win
Full price plus ticket - 5 chances to win
Full price double plus ticket - 10 chances to win!





Join IUH Founder Ruby Blume at the Ecology Center to celebrate the release of her new Book

Every Day Cheesemaking: How to Succeed Making Dairy & Nut Cheese at Home
Goat milking and cheesemaking demonstrations, O & A and a homemade cheese taste off!
Bring your homemade dairy and vegan cheeses for tasting, compare notes with other local cheesemakers or simply join in the fun!

Thursday July 24 7-9pm
Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Ave Berkeley


3rd Annual
North Oakland Day of the Dead Celebration
Altars, madala, kids activities, facepainting, procession, blessing & dinner.
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 3pm until dark
Free to the public


if it is raining put on your galoshes, get out your umbrella and laminate your photos
come down to the park and have tamales and hot chocolate on us!

Dover Street @ 58th, Oakland
3-5pm Altar Building. mandala, facepainting, kids activities
5pm Processions,
6pm Blessing & Dinner

Sweet Adeline Bakeshop Deliscious treat and amazing coffeee
Trader Joes Berkeley Local market
Berkeley Bowl Local market Home cooked meals from real cooks dirext to consumer
Primavera Tamales the best Masa, totillas and tamales in town

3-3:30 Jane Colman & Nicholas Brown flute & guitar duet
3:35 -4:10 Jenny Holland & Crew youth pop music
4:15-4:45 The Dead Crow Show ~ Performance by the Oakland Improv Collective
4:45-6pm Procession Sons and Daughters of Orpheus
4;45-5 gathering in park
5-5:30 procession
5:30-5:45 gathering for big circle in park
5:45-6pm Blessing
5-5:30 (in the park) Mud Fence, old time music
6 ish -7pm Con Permiso Mariachi

Facepainting: Audette Sophia
Mandala: Ruby Blume
Altars: IUH central altar (Alexa Davis & Diane Driscoll), Animal altar. (Jenny Holland) and others in the works. Bring flowers, candles and pictures of your beloved dead.
Hot Chocolate:
Dinner: Seth Peterson & Others, Kitchen Crew Chief: Mik Jew

FREE Pre-celebration Cooking Classes
& Volunteer Opportunity
Learn and do. We'll be teaching and making to prep for our Day of the Dead Harvest Feast.

Tamales Making with K.Ruby Blume Wednesday, October 29 10am-2pm North Oakland
Learn to mix masa and roll up the tamales. RSVP

Cooking for Celebration with Seth Peterson Thursday October 30, 6pm-9pm
Learn knife skills and traditional cookery following Weston A. Price cooking including; whey fermented salsa, the why and how of soaking grains and beans, bone broths, etc.

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Volunteers needed! Donations Accepted!

Social & Sale

Saturday December 13 & Sunday December 14, 2013
noon- -4pm each day
straggler sales Monday & Tuesday TBA

FREE and open to the Public, Please use our contact form to have directions sent to you.
Join the party! Our year-end event is a celebration of the bounty. There will be tasting (homemade jam, bread, wine and more), convivial people and shopping! Who could ask for more? Lots of cool handmade goodies and treats starting as low as $1. Come grab your stocking stuffers, Secret Santas and private stash. Enjoy the cheer and support the local economy. Win-win happy joy!


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