Fermenting at Mellonia Farm

We host a variety of intimate hands-on classes  on our homestead. We deep dive into fermentation and its many forms. Some of our classes focus primarily on process—all the art, science and techniques you need to ferment any vegetable into a variety of probiotic salads, condiments, and beverages. In other classes we go deeper into the effect that fermented foods have on our health and mood by exploring how the brain and gut are inextricably connected. In these classes we spend time both in nature, around the table learning (and eating) as well as learning to make these foods.

Currently we have three classes on the calendar for 2019.

May 6, 2019 Day long Mastering Vegetable Fermentation Cost $85 includes a full lunch, all supplies and ingredients for a hands-on class.

May 25 - 27, 2019 (with a optional Happy Hour the evening of May 24) Our Fermentation Intensive (Koji, Miso, Tempeh, Natto and Vegetables) cost $525 includes meals, all supplies and ingredients for an in depth hands-on class.

September 28, 2019 Cider Making Class cost $75 includes full lunch, all supplies and ingredients for a hands-on class. We will press apples and send you home with cider and the knowledge of how to ferment it.

Here is a little more general information about our classes. You will learn how to ferment using various techniques from around the world. We will go through and taste ferment experiments in our fermenting cave. We concentrate on technique and flavor and of course what is going on—in the ferment and in our bodies. We get our ingredients from our gardens or a local organic farm (that happens to run a small on-farm fermentory.) The spring class takes us outside for a little wild food foraging along the creek. The class includes lunches every day some of which are made together allowing another opportunity for you to immerse yourself in fermentation. Students have access to our library and the many journal papers and studies we have printed out.

For out of town students we can offer our field for camping for those that want to pitch a tent and enjoy the rustic amenities—composting toilet, solar shower, a beautiful creek and goats in the next field. Other staying options include some wonderful choices nearby historic Jacksonville and Airbnb in the Applegate Valley.

Scholarships or trades available. Email to discuss. Also email for a payment plan.