|Feta curds draining|
|Ruby stretches Mozzarella|
Ruby's stake in urban homesteading began with bees. Sparkybeegirl, her alter ego, makes an exquisite Mead, or Honey Wine, from her own hives. It’s not surprising, then, that Ruby’s cheese making class was a model of busy but focused project management. By Sunday afternoon we completed ten cheese and milk related products, most of which we delightfully consumed with a closing feast. As outlined in its Mission Statement, a fundamental goal of the Institute is “to make what we present simple and digestible— to give you enough information and hands-on experience to get started on your own the very next day.”
|Cheese Class Feast|
Classes at the Institute of Urban Homesteading are added regularly but fill up quickly. As an appetizer before a live class, consider getting Ruby’s book, Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, which she co-authored with Rachel Kaplan. However you choose to take the cheese making classes with Ruby, either individually or in an intensive weekend, you are bound to gain an appreciation and capability that will enhance the rest of your life.