Vegetable Ferments Workshop–Hands On! Crock Included!

photo_7Wednesday, September 17. 

Want to make your own sauerkraut, and other delicious and nutritious vegetable ferments?  Curious to learn more about the health benefits of fermented veggies?

This workshop includes:

  • hands-on practice
  • fermented foods and gut health from a naturopathic and Chinese medical perspective
  • grounding in history
  • novel recipes and tasty samples
  • resources for free and low-cost equipment

Take home a crock full of sauerkraut! Crocks and ingredients provided.

WhenWednesday, September 17 6-8:15pm

Location: The Side Yard Farm 5940 NE 45th, Portland Or 97218 Frequent service on Trimet #75, easily accessible by bike. Off-street bike parking available.

Instructors: Katie Sharrow Nichols, and Dr. Amalia Oster

Cost: $70

Registration Is Required

Limited Scholarships for SNAP recipients.  Call Katie at 503.729.7115 to discuss.

Group discount!  Bring a friend a get $5 off.

Class is limited to 10 students. Please register online to reserve your place!  You may also call Katie at 503.729.7115 or email info@livingcitypdx.com

Class 8: Food Preservation Methods

Class 8: Food Preservation Methods

In this survey of food preservation techniques, we will discuss:

  • Water bath canning
  • Lacto-fermentation basics
  • Solar and electric food drying
  • Freezing

We will also sample some delicious home-made pickles and ferments!

Solar DehydratorWhen:  Thursday, August 14th from 6-8:30

Location: 4255 NE Alberta Street,  Portland 97218.  Frequent service on Trimet #75, easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.

Instructor: Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $35 – work-trade available, but most be approved by the wednesday before the class.   Call to discuss.


This class is part of Living City’s 9 month program in the Year Round Harvest.
Class is limited to 20 students. Please call 503-849-9466 to reserve your spot, or emailinfo@livingcitypdx.com. And tell your friends!

All About Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a hardy and easy-to-grow perennial, perfect for Portland’s climate.  Join Chef Daniel Brophy for a two hour class dedicated to preparing this delicious spring ingredient.


Class participants will make and taste:

  • Rhubarb Ketchup
  • No-fail Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • and  more
Location: The Side Yard Farm 5940 NE 45th Street, Portland OR 97218
Cost:  $30

Instructor: Chef Daniel Brophy

 About the instructor:  Chef Brophy’s culinary employment encompasses 34 years in food service from dishwasher through executive chef, including ten years with Jake’s Famous Crawfish and the McCormick and Schmick organization as sous chef and executive chef, and eighteen years of formal classroom instructing. Diverse hands-on experience includes teaching, catering, and private chefing. Chef Brophy has worked for both large corporations and individual owners, with responsibilities including research, recipe development, menus design and extensive costing. As an edible inner-tidal specialist, he leads field trips during negative tides to expose students to sustainable life at the tertiary level. His wide-ranging garden and back-yard projects include providing trick vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, wild mushrooms, heirloom turkeys and organic eggs for local restaund culinary schools. Chef Brophy’s professional honors and designations include ACF Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator; ACF Chapter President 1998-2005 Pacific NW Chapter of Portland; Chefs Collaborative Member; Oregon Mycological Society Member; Oregon Tilth Member; Instructor of the Year 2003, Western Culinary Institute; ACF and Le Cordon Bleu Schools member, winning Professional Knowledge Bowl Team 2003 and 2004.


Composting and Better Garden Management

Want to make great compost for your garden? Curious about how to manage all the work that building a year-round garden entails?   Learn from the experts.

This class covers:

  •  building great compost piles
  •  nutrient conservation
  •  worm bins
  •  free materials
  •  organic pest control
  • spring garden management

This class will be held entirely in the garden, so please dress for the weather.

When: Saturday April 12, 1-3:30

Cost:  $35


Location: 4255 NE Alberta St. Portland.  Frequent service on Trimet #75,  easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.

Field Trip to Wildcat Mountain Farm Saturday 3.22

Join Us for an Afternoon on the Farm!wildcat2014


Saturday, March 22 1-3pm Dean Simpson of Wildcat Mountain Farm will host us for a farm tour and demonstration on starting seeds for transplant. Beginners and experienced gardeners alike will find this a great opportunity to learn from an expert and enjoy a tour of the farm that grows Living City’s transplants.

Dean’s operation is a beautifully simple one-man show, one he designed and built from square one on his small farm outside of Sandy. He began as an intensive market gardener in the mid-1990’s, selling his vegetables, eggs and honey at farmer’s markets. By 1998, Dean ran up against the labor constraint that so many small farmers experience. There was more land to plant, but amidst weeding, harvesting, delivering and marketing, no more time to do it. At that point, Dean shifted his business, choosing to focus on growing plant starts. He has since grown his customer base from his original location at People’s Co-op to several Co-ops, grocery stores including Cherry Sprout Produce, and garden shops around Portland.

As a grower with a direct relationship with his customers, Dean has never sought certification, though he has always adhered to organic methods. He works with a clear reverence for natural cycles and a deep commitment to quality. “The foundation of my business is the compost I make.” Dean explains, “You can’t buy the stuff I make.” And while he’ll tell you he started making his potting mix and compost simply for the sake of thrift, his pride and enthusiasm belie a fascination and passion for soil building processes. Horse manure from a neighbor up the road comprises the compost, turned by hand and aged at least three years before use in nursery mix.

Dean will share his entire process with us at the farm. Come and learn all the basic skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started at home yourself! The cost of the field trip is $5. We will meet at noon and carpool from NE Portland to the farm.  Sorry kids, this field trip is open to adults only!

Please register by March 20.  All payments will be taken the day of trip, cash or check only for this event please.

FREE Class March 20: Waking up the garden

Come and learn the basics for early spring gardening in Portland.  Many vegetables can be planted now for delicious garden meals.

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We will cover:

*What to plant in early Spring

*How to read a seed packet

*Protecting seedlings from pests and cold

*Best practices for sowing seeds

When:  Thursday, March 20 6-7pm

Where:  Cherry Sprout Produce

Cost:  FREE!  In fact, we will give you a coupon for 10% off on seeds at the store!

Register now!

Instructor:  Katie Nichols of Cherry Sprout and Living City

This class is a shortened version of Living City’s “Waking up the Garden”, part of our 9 month program The Year Round Harvest.

Waking up the Garden–Saturday, March 8 from 1-3:30

Class 3: Waking up the Garden


Spring is around the corner! Many vegetables can be planted now for delicious garden meals.

We will cover:

  • what to plant in early spring
  • protecting seedlings from pests and cold
  • best practices for planting
  • garden structures from reclaimed materials

When: Saturday, March 8, 1-3:30

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.  We will be in the garden, so dress comfortably for outdoors. A warm hat and shoes that can take a little mud are a good idea.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.Frequent service on Trimet #75. Off-street bike parking available.

Instructor:  Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $35


This class is part of Living City’s 9 month program in the Year Round Harvest. 


Garden Planning 101, Saturday Feb 22 1-3:30

We will discuss:

  • Growing food year-round in Portland’s mild climateSaving water and time
  • Choosing the right crops for your garden
  • Mapping your garden
  • Reading planting calendars, seed packets and seed catalogs
  • ..and more.

To get the most out of this class, please bring a map of your gardensite and a list of what you hope to grow.

When: Saturday February 22, 1-3:30

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.

We will walk around the garden looking at things, so dress comfortably for outdoors.  A warm hat and shoes that can take a little mud are a good idea.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.

Frequent service on Trimet #75. Off-street bike parking available.

Instructors: Rachel Freifelder and Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $35


This class is part of Living City’s 9 month program in the Year Round Harvest.

We look forward to meeting you!


Year-round Garden Training begins February 1, 2014

New Year’s resolutions:

-get outside in the fresh air
-spend more time with family
-have a healthy diet
-make new friends
-try some new recipes
-save money
-learn to garden

Living City’s Integrated Garden Training can help!

Sign up by January 1 for a 10% discount on any program. Bring your spouse, family member, or one person you share yourgarden with – free! Makes a great gift too.

To register for our adult Garden Course or classes click here

To register for youth or family events: click here

Learn to harvest properly

Learn to harvest properly