Fermenting at Mellonia Farm

A few times a year we invite you to join us at on our homestead for a intimate intensive hands-on classes this year. We deep dive into lacto-fermenatation through vegetables. We get our ingredients from a local organic farm (that happens to run a small on-farm fermentory.)

You will learn how to ferment vegetables 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. The class includes lunches every day that 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.

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 the Applegate Lodge or Airbnb.

3-day Fermentation Intensive. Arrive Friday at noon ready to dive into the brine. We will get to know one another over lunch and begin the fermentation discussion and learning that takes us through Sunday. Cost includes all materials and hearty lunches. Cost $490.00

Space is limited to allow for a small class learning environment. We will be teaching 2 classes this fall.

The first one is Sept. 8, 9, and 10. This one will be based on the harvest veggies that are seasonal (and possible wild-crafting based on what’s out there.) We will be doing all things vegetable—condiments, krauts, chutneys, fermented salads, pickles, miso-zuke, achars, and kimchis.

In October we usually do a special class that is similar but, a few less veggie techniques as on Sunday we will do cider pressing with our heirloom apples, make hard cider, and talk about vinegar.  The dates for this one are October 6, 7, and 8.

Registration Is Open. Space is Limited and these classes Fill Quickly.

We will email you a syllabus/schedule upon request.