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Did you know that you could become a certified UC Master Food Preserver? But only, like, if you're into that sort of thing—being passionate about local produce, preserving food, educating others, and meeting your neighbors. The UC Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-week volunteer certification training in Los Alamos beginning on March 14. You just missed The Mad Science of Fermentation class offered through the cooperative extension, but don't worry! There's another class coming up: The Art of Making Yogurt and Fresh Cheese at Home Safely on March 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the UCCE Auditorium at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo. A $20 class fee covers the basic supplies (for more info, visit cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu) and you get to make fresh cheese! ... The Central Coast Beekeepers Association is offering a free introduction to beekeeping class on March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Atascadero Library. Association President and Atascadero beekeeper Erin Holden will discuss the basics of keeping bees. That includes hive design and equipment, procuring bees, bee hierarchy, honey harvest, and pest management (email Holden at handhfarms@yahoo.com with questions) ... On Feb. 5, City Farm SLO signed an agreement with the local company SLO Circuit Electrical to install an array of solar panels along on the southern end of the fields and the frontage road. The installation should reduce the cost of electricity for the irrigation pump, and it addresses the farm's commitment to sustainable agriculture and its mission to educate youth and engage the public in the life of an urban farm. The project is made possible by donations from SLO Circuit Electrical, Independent Electric Supply (which is donating the photovoltaic modules), and contributions from the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo (visit centralcoastgrown.org to learn more). Δ

Editor Camillia Lanham is always feeling festive. Send your food and drink tips to clanham@newtimesslo.com.

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