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Erica Strauss

Author, The Hands-On Home and blogger,

Erica Strauss is the author of the hot new release, The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving and Natural Homekeeping, just released by Sasquatch Books. Erica comes to the suburban homestead life by way of really good food. She went to culinary school, and for 10 years worked in restaurant kitchens in and around Seattle. She worked with some amazing chefs, saw some amazing food, and even had a hand in making some of the good stuff myself. So her backyard veggie patch started as a way for her to have a few really fresh vegetables and salad greens to cook with. And then, in a turn of events that will feel familiar to all gardeners, she got bit by the bug. She started looking at her nice green lawn as the enemy of productive space. She put in some espaliered fruit trees and a berry patch, and dragged her husband to home improvement stores for florescent tube lights so she could start my own seeds indoors. Entire Januaries were spent with her nose in seed catalogs. Erica became…obsessed. Now she marries her two loves – cooking and growing edibles – and writes about them on her popular blog, Northwest Edible Life. Her monthly To-Do lists are must-reads for edible gardeners. In addition, her Northwest Edible Life articles have been featured on or linked to by Lifehacker, CNN’s ‘Eatocracy’,, Oregon Live, Glamour Magazine Online,,,,,, and Readers Digest Online. (Speaker photo by Lauren Gardiner.)


In a Pickle: Food Preservation in the Depths of Winter

We think of food preservation as a summer activity – but many of our best cool season NW vegetable crops are ideal for preservation through lacto-fermentation. Learn about this health-boosting traditional method of converting hardy vegetables into long-lasting and delicious pickles. Erica will teach you how to make Spiced Ginger Carrots, Sauerkraut with Apples and Caraway, and Korean-spiced Daikon radish. Saltcuring of seasonal Meyer Lemons will also be demonstrated.

Friday, Feb 19 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Sowing Confidence: Start Your Own Vegetable Seeds

If you want to save money, grow unusual vegetable varieties, or have the earliest possible harvest, starting your own seeds indoors is a must. Erica Strauss, author of The Hands-On Home and edible gardening blogger at Northwest Edible Life will discuss the most important and often confusing aspects of starting your own seeds indoors so you can grow your own vegetable starts with confidence. Specific planting, up-potting and thinning techniques and timing secrets will be demonstrated.

Saturday, Feb 20 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow