Bokashi composting uses bacteria to break down food scraps indoors, quickly and odor-free. Perfect for small spaces like your home or apartment, bokashi can reduce your food waste and give you something to talk about at parties. In this workshop, you’ll learn how bokashi works and how to set up a bokashi bin at home. You’ll also learn what to do with the finished bokashi compost.
Do you want to reduce your food waste and create fertilizer for your garden at the same time? Vermiculture utilizes earthworms to break down organic materials (primarily food scraps) and carbon-based waste byproducts (such as sawdust newspapers, dried leaves, and newspapers) to create vermicompost, a nutrient rich soil amendment. In this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of building a worm bin, caring for your worms, and harvesting vermicompost. Workshop also includes red wriggler worms and bedding to take home.
Backyard honeybees can provide honey, wax, and pollination services, but there’s a lot to know before you begin your relationship with bees. In this beginner workshop, you’ll learn how to determine the best site for your hive, what equipment to use, costs, and how to care for the hive. We’ll also discuss management philosophies
Basic Mushroom Identification
Discover the world of Mushrooms living and growing around you.In this intro-level mushroom identification class, you will explore the natural environment of edible fungi, when and where to find choice mushrooms, the key parts of a mushroom for identification, how to take a spore print, and basic equipment for safe and accurate identification. Through art and science, you'll enter the magical word of our fungal friends.
Beginner Mushroom Cultivation
This workshop teaches you the basics of mushroom growing as you learn the seven stages of mushroom cultivation. With a mix of instruction and hands-on learning, you’ll learn to connect with friendly fungi throughout their life cycle as they teach you what they need at each stage of the growing and harvesting process. You will learn how to choose appropriate substrates and strains, with emphasis on materials that are eco-friendly and easily accessible. Each participant will end the class by creating their own mushroom bag, bundle or bucket.
Do you enjoy fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles? Learn the basics of transforming fresh vegetables into delicious tangy fermented foods that are good for your gut. This workshop covers how lactic acid fermentation works, how to use fermentation as preservation, and the nutritional benefits of fermented foods. Taste different types of fermented foods and watch a demonstration of setting up a crock or jar to ferment at home.
Learn to make traditionally cultured drinks like water kefir and kombucha. This workshop covers the fundamentals of primary and secondary fermentation with a kombucha SCOBY or kefir grains. Learn to care for the culture, flavor your drinks, and taste a variety of fermented drinks to inspire your own creations at home. Workshop includes a kombucha or water kefir starter kit.
Fermenting with Spores
Ideal for fermentation enthusiasts, this workshop goes beyond the basics to explore mold-based fermentation of tempeh and koji. Learn how to culture your own tempeh from a variety of legumes and understand how koji is used to make miso, soy sauce, and more!
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