Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi and many other delicious foods we love are the product of fermentation. Discover cover the basic science behind how to ferment vegetables – from sauerkraut and beets to carrots and corn. Then, try your hand at fermenting whatever vegetables you have in your kitchen while we discuss the many health benefits fermented foods can provide.
Cheryl Paswater, Chief Fermentationist & CEO
Cheryl Paswater is the Chief Fermentationist of Contraband Ferments and Functional Medicine Practitioner as well as an educator, health coach, sous chef, artist, and writer. She previously co-organized the NYC Ferments Meetup and NYC Fermentation Festival. She has been a contributing writer for Edible Magazine as well as a contributor to the book “Miso, Tempeh, Natto” and is currently working on her first book on fermentation due out sometime in the near-not so near future. You can find her teaching workshops and speaking on fermentation and health at in person workshops, online classes, and at festivals both regionally and internationally. She splits her time living in Brooklyn, NY and Richmond, VA with her partner, cat named Koji (which means “moldy rice”) and all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold).
Ancient healing systems are thriving today as they are based on truths that will never change. The elements of Nature, fire, water, air and earth, inform herbalists the same as they do with farmers and growers as they learn how to read the changing landscapes. Learning to read our Nature, the elements within is a way of honoring indigenous vision as well as gaining self sufficiency to work with family and community healing.
Join Michael to learn about the principles, practices, plants and people of african descent that have contributed to American agriculture.
Matt and Rachel Palma of Restoration Acres Farm will be leading us on a walking tour of their Pastured Pig operation while sharing the heart and soul of their farm business.
Chelsea Harlan is a poet from Sedalia, Virginia. Her debut full-length collection, Bright Shade, was recently selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of the 2022 American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize, and is forthcoming in September with distribution from Copper Canyon Press.
Hedgerows have a deep and ancient history in the United Kingdom, where the agri-art of hedge laying is experiencing a renaissance due to it’s ecological and agricultural benefits. A hedgerow is an ecosystem all unto itself- providing a vital biodiverse habitat for animals and plants, including many medicinal plants. This informal discussion will include a brief history of the hedgerow…
This experiential class teaches simple methods for developing intimate relationships with the plants around us. We employ techniques such as wide angle vision, sketching, organoleptics, journaling, and other methods in order to understand the depth…
Brace yourselves for these fizzy, buzzy, sodas. While there are more choices on the market now for sparkly fermented beverages made with healthier ingredients, like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar, they can be a bit on the pricey side…
Over the last decade, Farmer Ashley has weaved her regenerative farm and functional medicine practice into a common principle – food is medicine. Why? because farmers have a great opportunity to join healthcare reform by providing their community with the most important piece – food medicine!
The back-to-the-land movement has continued to gain much ground in recent years, and with it the desire to purchase food directly from a farmer. But many consumers are held back by what seems to be a lack of understanding for how buying from a farmer actually works. ..
Each season, the plants express themselves differently, and their expression reflects specific energetic functions. Autumn and winter bring us in and down—all the way to the earth where we reach for the tethered roots which help us ground and nourish our systems. Spring and summer bring us up and out—towards the buds and leaves which help us tend to what’s bubbling at the surface…
The honeybee crisis calls upon us human beings to act differently and think differently. In this workshop we will begin to form a relationship between the honeybee and the human being by cultivating deep understanding. ..
This talk will go over vocabulary associated with all things fungi. Adam will explain the life cycle, give a basic run down on identification, and discuss the many uses of mushrooms.
In this workshop you will learn updated concepts on our understanding of the microbiome, the human holobiont, Nature as the benchmark, and top ways to implement strategies for regenerative health.
Between environmental threats such as climate crisis consequences and the Covid pandemic, to personal and societal stresses and traumas, the respiratory system faces a daily battle. This workshop explores herbal allies for the lungs, as well as cultivating conscious breath…
Experience the process of wood firing in its simplest way. We will harvest clay straight from the Earth and add some Water. A magical, flexible medium will come alive giving shape to your imagination and inspiration. While the clay slowly dries with the Air we will gather some wood and will get a Fire going. We will place what we have formed into the living flames while sitting around the fire telling stories, listening to each other just like our ancestors”
Exploring the magical landscape at Mountain Run Farm. Together we will gather leaves, flowers, and weeds, to create colorful prints on cloth. This process is called ecoprinting, it is a fun way to better understand the plants living near you!
Believe it or not, the Jackson family left a 14 year long career in the military to farm full time. Find out why and how they took the leap, what drew them to regenerative agriculture, and how with the right mindset, passion, and faith anyone can make a full time career out of farming.
This workshop will tell the story of what drove Cam to start farming at age 30. Growing food in backyards and community gardens presents both challenges and advantages you may not have considered. You’ll learn about the tools, systems, and crop selections that have made the farm successful.
Since the Industrial Revolution we have modeled our lives and society on the paradigm of the machine. Now as that revolution gives way to a digital, information based culture we are being drawn into a disembodied future – like ghosts in the machine…