It’s the agrarian version of spending time with grandkids: Enjoy fresh eggs all summer from two hens (coop included) … then give the birds back when you’re sick of them. (No, you can’t eat them.) $400 for six to eight months, rent-a-chicken.net
Hire an apiarist.
Get loads of honey without really having to do anything. The Westside Bee Boyz will set up and tend hives in your yard. From $300 for setup, then $75 a visit, westsidebeeboyz.com
Grow veggies on your windowsill.
Cramped apartment? Not a problem. Grow peppers, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes in a box hydroponically. Science! From $139 for planter, $30 for seed kit, modsprout.com
Can in the safety of a class.
At the Chopping Block’s two locations, you can learn how to pickle your haul without fear of food poisoning. (Bonus: You can finally use the 50 Mason jars left over from your wedding.) $50, thechoppingblock.com