Fermented foods have long been documented & utilized for their health benefits including supporting and nourishing the human microbiome. A balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function and produces crucial vitamins and nutrients.
Colleen offers a variety of ways to learn how to implement this healthy habit into your life.
The Wonders of Fermentation This 1-2 hour talk covers the therapeutic benefits of introducing fermented foods and beverages to one’s diet. Demonstration of fermenting techniques and samples provided!
Intro to Fermentation Often taught in conjunction with the Homesteading 101 series hosted by the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative this beginner class teaches all the foundations necessary for successful fermentation techniques.
In this 6 hour class you will learn the basic fundamentals of several Ferments including Yoghurt, Kefir, Kombucha, Jun, Tibicos, Pickles, Kvass, and Kraut. In the last 2 hours of the class we collectively prepare a batch of Kraut to which each participant will fill a vessel to take home.
Advanced Fermenting Often taught in conjunction with the Homesteading 201 series hosted by the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative this is your next level fermentation. In this dynamic class you will take your already learned fermenting skills and create unique and delicious culinary delights. Participants are guided through a series of hands on preparation techniques plus several demonstrations will be offered, leaving with 3 started ferments to finish at home. At the conclusion of this class we sit down to a fully fermented catered feast to celebrate our learning.
Medicinal Fermentation and the Human Micro-Biome Fermented foods have long been documented & utilized for their health benefits including supporting and nourishing the human microbiome. A balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function and produces crucial vitamins and nutrients. Combining the ancient art of herbal medicine making with traditional fermentation practices yields innovative and outstanding results. Join Colleen as details the benefits of fermented foods and medicine while demonstrating several fermenting techniques that combine well with various herbs and herbal formulas. Samples will be provided.
Fermenting Intensive AKA Fermentation Extravaganza! In this exciting workshop offered once a year Colleen teaches several of the above techniques in one-8 hour class. After reviewing the health benefits of Fermentation, participants will be guided through various fermenting techniques in this entirely hands on class. Students will prepare several ferments that will expand their culinary and medicinal application of this preparation technique. Sign up early, this class sells out every year.