Fermenting 101

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This will be the most comprehensive fermentation workshop offered  this fall.
Demonstrating several methods of fermentation, Colleen will show how to create simple ferments that are not only easy to create but also delicious and family friendly. Emphasis will be on lacto-fermentation techniques using both dairy and non-dairy methods.

This dynamic workshop will cover a variety of ferments including tibicos, sodas, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut, plus traditional condiments such as salsas, jams, and mustards. Find out tips on which types of vessels work best for fermenting as well as learn foolproof ways to preserve your harvest to make it more digestible and the nutrients more bio-available.

Every participant will take home samples to enjoy and inspire you to incorporate the health benefits of fermenting into your daily routines.

“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”

Your instructor is Colleen Emery, Master Herbalist and owner of Emery Herbals and
The Apothecary in the heart of Winlaw. Colleen is a passionate proponent of traditional foods and preparation techniques as well as foundational family wellness.

To register please email vpg@rbrand.ca or call 250-226-7402

2nd annual Pickle Palooza

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With the great success of Pickle Palooza last year we are doing it again, only this time it will be bigger and better, and even easier to participate in!

Mark your busy harvest calendars October 6 from 10-2 The Vallican Whole will be home to all things puttin’ up food!

Canning Contest & Jar Swaps (entry details below)

Vendors : Suppliers and Farmers, Caners and Local Food Producers

Demos : Fermenting, Canning + Curing Arts

While your canning this busy harvest season save 3 jars for contest and swap entries!

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Cheese Please + Thank You

David ranks among the best instructors of all time! The feedback from our Homesteading 101 Natural Cheese making Class has been overwhelming… EVERYONE has been praising Davids workshop! Kelly Brown sent along some lovely photos from the day and I wanted to share a few of the great emails I received praising the guerrilla cheese maker. David Thanks so much for traveling inland so far to bring us not 1 but 2 amazing workshops, and for taking the time to share your experiences with the Valley Permaculture Guild at our monthly meeting (first Monday of each month @ Vallican Whole 6:30)

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“Cheese class was frickin’ phenomenal!!!!! I’m so ramping it up and inspired – can’t wait to get at er.” – Renata

“Great workshop! David was awesome, that was perfect. Thanks to you and Isis, Bryce, Kelly for your work to get it together. Cranking out the cheeses now…” -Andrew

” We had an amazing time at the cheese workshop – David is an incredible educator as well as cheese maker! ” – Liz

“Irme and I really enjoyed the Cheesemaking class with David, and are enthused to try out what we learned  on Sunday :-)” – Claire

“I have a lifetime of taking some wonderful courses, even travelling overseas for some of my training.  The Cheesemaking course with David was on my list of the top three courses that I have ever taken thus far.  The range of information received, the vast amount of cheeses that were covered and the taste testing  – Nosteemo!!  All was perfectly done!” – Judy

canning & preserving 101

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Workshop #2 of our Homesteading 101 series… An introduction to Canning and Preserving, using hot water bath techniques. In this class you will learn how to make: Jam, Chutney and pickles and best of all you’ll take the preserves you made home with you, and all of the produce will be organic and local.

Participants will be limited in this hands on class, so register ASAP to make sure you get a spot!

Register by emailing vpg (at) rbrand (dot) ca or by calling 250-226-7402

here is your chance to help

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Big Huge Thanks to Malin, Stephan, and my Tricycle Acres support team for helping put on a stellar Solutions Symposium this week! Thanks to the “Tables Hosts:” who helped keep things running, and especially to those who are now empowered to do more! Also thanks to the politicians who came and actually participated in the process like community members, and who are finally speaking up about the actions our community NEEDS! And of course thanks to the 100 folks who showed up to contribute their ideas!

One of the best way you can help us, help our river is by dipping into your pocket so we can pay Both Leila Darwish and Anita Burke who are on route to our aid. Together they have had many years of experience working with remediation companies and affected communities to help clean up environmental disasters. We think that their differing skill sets will be complementary, helping us to diversify our approach to cleaning these waterways.

Next week we will be planning a public event so we can all get to know these ladies and their expertise first hand, and until then you can participate by contributing to our fundraising efforts.

More about upcoming events soon…

Bio-Remediation Workshops, PIckle Palooza, and Canning & Preserving 101