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Brooklyn Brew Shop: Creating Easy-to-Use DIY Kits

 

In July 2009 Stephen Valand and Erica Shea used their small-enough-for-a-New-York-City-apartment Beer Making Kits and their and their steadfast focus on quality to launch Brooklyn Brew Shop. Since then, the husband-and-wife team has added Hard Cider and Sparkling Wine Kits to their brew list, as well as their new line of FarmSteady DIY food kits to make crafting cheese, kraut, and even bagels simple and fun.

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Hatch Lab Marketplace: Finding Artisans Who Share Our Values

In the Hatch Lab marketplace we’re currently shining a bright light on 15 artisan companies from Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado, and Wisconsin, with many more to come in the months ahead. Each company we partner with is invited to join Hatch Lab because its business practices and values align with ours. We look for companies and their founders who exemplify the values of authenticity, quality, sustainability, and encouragement. What do each of these things mean to us?

Authenticity

Values: Authenticity

We seek partners who are expert artisans and change agents, artisans who do their work with integrity and a strong sense of purpose. Hatch Lab artisan partners are driven to make a positive impact on the world and are truly passionate about their craft. You might even call these artisans single-minded; they have deep technical expertise and they are searching for more opportunities to spread the good word and inspire others. We partner with artisans who have a story to tell and are not content with the status quo. Continue reading Hatch Lab Marketplace: Finding Artisans Who Share Our Values

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in your Life

Looking for creative Mother’s Day gift ideas that allow you to shop your conscience? What do kits for growing mushrooms and making cheese, tools for fermenting, books for inspired living, organic honey-sweetened chocolate, decadent face cream, and pollinator-friendly seed bombs have in common? You’ll find them all in the Hatch Lab shop.

We have seven great Mother’s Day gifts in our shop. Each one is unique, high-quality, and made with care by expert artisans from Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado, and Wisconsin who all prioritize the health of humans and the planet. Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in your Life

Karen and Jim at Plantables

Plantables: Seeding Opportunity, Growing Pollinator-Friendly Flowers and Herbs, and Building a Triple Bottom Line Business

Karen and Jim at Plantables - Growing Pollinator-Friendly Flowers and HerbsJim Schreiber was a special-education teacher for 23 years before he retired to start Plantables with his biology professor wife Karen Klyczek in 2013. Based in Hudson, Wisconsin, Plantables is a manufacturing business—but that’s just part of the story. The company’s products were developed with two things in mind: the needs of his former students and the needs of the environment. Jim and his team are tackling social and environmental issues with a successful business model and unique pollinator-friendly products.

As a special-ed teacher, Jim worked with K–12 children with moderate to severe physical and cognitive disabilities. In that role, he worked to prepare his students for employment after graduation. Unfortunately, employment proved elusive and none of his students landed jobs; this unmet need provided the spark that grew into Plantables. Continue reading Plantables: Seeding Opportunity, Growing Pollinator-Friendly Flowers and Herbs, and Building a Triple Bottom Line Business

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Roost Books: Bringing Cooking, Creativity, Nature, Beauty, and Upliftedness Into Our Lives

Sara Berchoz @Peter McEwenShambhala Publications was founded in 1969 in Berkeley, California, by Samuel Bercholz. From the start, Sam’s vision was to create a publishing house that focused on bringing “an enlightened approach to every aspect of life”; religion and philosophy were key components of the Shambhala publishing program. Then, in 2012, Sam’s daughter Sara Bercholz launched a new lifestyle imprint: Roost Books. While Roost Books focuses on different topics, the vision of encouraging an enlightened approach to life remains the same.

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Kraut Source: Making it Easy Peasy to Create Small-Batch Fermented Masterpieces at Home

Kraut Source In UseKaren Diggs, the San Francisco–based founder of Kraut Source, is an entrepreneur, chef, nutritionist, and author of Happy Foods: Over 100 Mood-Boosting Recipes.

The Hawaiian native began her career as a classically trained chef; she can make pâtés, soufflés—the whole shebang. She got her start in Hong Kong, where she spent seven years as a chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel before starting two restaurants. In all her culinary training, fermentation really never came up, even among the old-style European chefs she studied under. Continue reading Kraut Source: Making it Easy Peasy to Create Small-Batch Fermented Masterpieces at Home

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Claudia Lucero: DIY Cheese Kit Queen of Portland, Author, and Inspiration

Claudia Lucero - DIY Cheese Kit Queen In 2006, Claudia Lucero moved from her lifelong home in San Diego, California, to the “maker” capital of the country: Portland, Oregon. It wasn’t long before she started making pickles, sauerkraut, butter, yogurt, and eventually cheese. Her cheesemaking began with Paneer and ricotta, then she moved on to goat cheese and mozzarella, and she was totally hooked. She was in the midst of a personal transformation that included a deep desire to know the sources of her food and focus on quality over quantity in many aspects of her life.

Inspired by cheesemaking recipes in books and a homesteading magazine from the 1970s, Claudia found cheese recipes that called for 5 to 50 gallons of milk at a time—not exactly practical for a casual cheesemaker in the city. But that didn’t stop her. She started tweaking and experimenting with those recipes to make them work for the small-scale urban cheesemaker with no more than a gallon of milk. From this philosophy, Urban Cheesecraft was born.

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Cheesemaking Tips from Gianaclis Caldwell, Author of Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

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Meet Gianaclis (Gee-on-a-klees) Caldwell. She lives in Southern Oregon on land her parents bought in the 1940s, where she was raised to be self-sufficient—not because it was cool but because it was necessary. Her family grew much of their own food, and they had cows for milk and dairy products. She explains, “My mom canned all summer. She knew exactly how many quarts of string beans, how many quarts of tomatoes we needed to make it through the winter.” Though Gianaclis moved away from the land for nearly 23 years and enjoyed a succession of careers including as a nurse and an installation artist, she returned to the property with her husband and daughters in 2005 to build Pholia Farm. Continue reading Cheesemaking Tips from Gianaclis Caldwell, Author of Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

Pearls of Wisdom for the Aspiring Cheesemaker from Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft
Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft in her kitchen

In her own words, Claudia Lucero wants cheesemaking to be “easy, accessible, and empowering for everyone.” Claudia, a California native, lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the founder of Urban Cheesecraft, a thriving company that grew out of her own discovery that cheesemaking sits squarely at the intersection of creativity, science, and community.

When she first moved to Portland, Claudia lived in a small apartment that didn’t have a yard for growing veggies, so she joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) group through which she received a fresh, diverse box of locally grown goodies every week. Fairly quickly, the beans and cabbage began to roll in by the bushel, so Claudia needed to find some creative things to do with them. After a bit of research on the Internets, she was armed with creative recipes for pickles, jams, and various ferments. Then she started whipping up yogurt and butter, fermenting with whey, and before long—crafting cheese! She started with simpler cheeses like paneer and ricotta, then graduated to goat cheeses and mozzarella, and soon she was creating first-class fromage. She was totally hooked. And so were her friends with whom she generously and enthusiastically shared her delicacies. Continue reading Pearls of Wisdom for the Aspiring Cheesemaker from Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft

7 Kombucha-Flavoring Fundamentals From Hannah Crum At Kombucha Kamp

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From The Big Book of Kombucha (c) Hannah Crum (c) Alex LaGory. Used with permission of Storey Publishing. Photo credit: Matt Armendariz Photography

As a girl who grew up drinking pickle juice, Hannah Crum fell in love with kombucha at first sip. A sophisticated upgrade to the vinegary liquid of preserved cucumbers, kombucha inspired Hannah to become The Kombucha Mamma, and co-founder of Kombucha Kamp, and co-author of The Big Book of Kombucha with her husband and partner, Alex LaGory.

Hannah has done a ton to elevate kombucha, build the industry, and inspire everyday people to overcome their fears and brew their own fermented-tea concoctions. Making kombucha at home is fun and easy, but flavoring it is where the real magic happens; that’s when things get creative, messy, sticky, and colorful, and the possibilities are seemingly endless.

We invited Hannah to share some of her flavoring wisdom. If Hannah herself were a kombucha flavor, she says she’d be Love Potion, a mix of blueberries, lavender, and rose. Why? “It’s just so floral, and it’s deep, and purple, and rich,” she says.

Maybe it’s time you found your flavor! Here are seven tips from The Kombucha Mamma herself to get you started. Continue reading 7 Kombucha-Flavoring Fundamentals From Hannah Crum At Kombucha Kamp