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White Rock Local Market and Gecko Hardware kick-off the New Year with a series of five, fun and informative Urban Homestead Classes throughout February.

On February 1, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., learn to make feta, cheddar and mozzarella with BethAnn Hooley from Rosey Ridge Farm.  Using milk farm-fresh milk, students learn hands-on techniques, recipes, essential tools and ingredients needed to make cheese at home.  Rosey Ridge Farm is an all-natural, chemical-free, fully licensed and inspected Grade A Retail Raw Dairy with Jersey and Jersey Brown Swiss cows, offering raw milk and other dairy products including Raw Aged Cheese from the dairy.  Cost is $40 per person and includes light snack and refreshments.

Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters Kevin and Marta Sprague take coffee addictions to the next level February 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Learn to roast beans in a small home roaster, cast iron skillet or a popcorn popper.  Cost is $20 per person and includes Noble coyote Coffee beans roasted in class to brew at home.

Learn the secrets to pickling and preserving February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with instructors Kathy Neumuller of JJ&B Jams and Jellies and Lisa Staffelbach from 24 Carrot Health.  Students learn hot bath canning and how to make fruit, and shelf safe pickling.  Cost is $30 per person and includes JJ&B preserves and quick pickles made in class.

Texas Worm Ranch’s Heather Rinaldi instructs students to love thy garbage on February 22 from 10:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. Discover the worthwhile benefits of vermicomposting, how to set up and care for worm bins and how to use worm castings to improve your chances for organic and landscaping success.  Cost is $20 per person.

Mother and daughter duo Marilyn and Donelle Simmons take over White Rock Local Garden February 23 to teach “Keyhole Gardening with Garden Inspirations.”  From 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. gardeners will learn how to grow the maximum amount of food in a small space and learn how to utilize mounds of refuse to create a “hot bed” of biological activity with this water-wise technique. Cost is $50 per person and includes snacks and refreshments.  White Rock Local Garden is located at 10222 Galway. 

All classes (except Keyhole Gardening with Garden Inspirations) will be held at Gecko Hardware, 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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