Get Your Hands Dirty With FARMstead Ed!

How many times have you caught yourself wishing you could grow your own veggies, make your own jam or raise chickens for the freshest eggs? If this thought has crossed your mind, FARMstead Ed is here to make your dreams come true! This upscale traveling agricultural education program gives guests hands-on involvement with valuable and FUN farmsteading skills.


As fresh as it gets!

The program presents new experiences each month, using pop-up classrooms held at various local farms, ranches and other unique agricultural-related venues. Classes are always something different and useful. Previous classes include: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens, Naturally; California Olive Oil Cooking Experience; How to Grow Your Own Salad Bowl; and Pasture to Plate: Grass-Fed Meats and Wild Game.

Want to try your hand at making your own bacon? There’s a class for that!

On July 27th, FARMstead Ed is holding a class called “Makin’ Bacon with Chef Jacob” at Cass Winery in Paso Robles. And who doesn’t love bacon? You’ll be able to learn about the history of bacon and other cured meats, and you’ll discover simple secrets to making your own bacon at home. Don’t worry; you’ll also get to eat some of the delicious bacon when you indulge in Chef Jacob Lovejoy’s infamous Bacon BLAST Sandwich for lunch. And you can wash it down with a glass of delicious Cass wine before you take a short smoker and garden tour. 

Bacon is a food group, right?

Is bacon not your thing? Try Cannin’ and Jammin’ with Wine Diva Jams on Aug. 9th at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles. Learn how to create your own jams and fruit butters, dine on some delicious food options for lunch and receive a farm and garden tour where you’ll learn all about the farm’s in-season fruits and veggies.

Even better, Plant your “Palate” at Windrose Farm on Oct. 4. You’ll get to learn all about fall veggie gardens and how to grow your own in a wooden pallet. You’ll get lunch, a fabulous fall farm experience and all of the materials you need to begin your garden. Pallets included! By the end of the day, you’ll have a wonderful plot of fall veggies planted in a pallet to take home: This will be sure to satisfy your palate!

Get crafty with your newly found farming tricks.

What’s great about FARMstead Ed is that if you want to find all of the products you need to recreate your hard work at home, there is a mobile “mercantile” on site at each class, stocked with all the materials you need to DIY on your own farmstead.

Learn everything you need to know during the class to become a farming pro at home!

If you’d like to learn more about the classes FARMstead Ed has to offer, visit