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White Rock Local Market and Gecko Hardware kick-off summer with a series of five, fun and informative Urban Homestead Classes taught by WRLM vendors including JJ&B, 24 Carrot Health, Texas Worm Ranch, Cita’s Salsa and In a Pickle.

On May 17, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., guests at “The Jam Jam” will join Kathy Neumuller from JJ&B Jellies, Jams and Butters to make two seasonal fruit preserves.  Cost is $30 per person and includes a jar of each preserve made in class.

Lisa Staffelbach from 24 Carrot Health teaches “Soda and Sauerkraut” June 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Cost is $30 per person and includes take home root beer and natural sauerkraut from class.

During “Hugelkultur Horticulture” at White Rock Local Garden June 8, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Heather Rinaldi from Texas Worm Ranch teaches how to use twigs, branches, logs and leaves to make a hugelkultur bed.  Students will build a “Carbon sink” garden – a method that will grow into a fertile, water-efficient bed within a couple of seasons to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables.  Cost is $30 per person. White Rock Local Garden is located at 10222 Galway. 

On June 14th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Carol Castillo from Cita’s Salsa teaches “Salsa Soiree,” walking students through some new and unique recipes.  Cost is $30 per person and includes a jar of each salsa made in class.

Expert pickler James Felps from In a Pickle Foods hosts a “Pickling Party” June 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Students will make two kinds of pickles and take home a jar of each.  Cost is $30 per person.

All classes will be held at Gecko Hardware (except Hugelkulter Horticulture), 10233 E Northwest Hwy #409.  To purchase tickets go to www.WhiteRockLocalMarket.org.

A vibrant celebration of community and neighborhood, WRLM strengthens the local food economy and creates awareness of the social, environmental, and health benefits of eating local foods.  Artisans, farmers and ranchers are located within 150 miles.    WRLM incubates small businesses and provides crucial support to small farmers.  WRLM hosts a community garden as well as workshops and field trips for kids and adults.  

White Rock Local Market is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization sustained by contributions and memberships.  Individual memberships for 2013, from Seeds ($25) to Beyond Organic ($1,000) and everywhere in between are on-sale now at www.whiterocklocalmarket.org.  Membership benefits vary.

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