Classes & Workshops
We're excited to begin offering classes to those interested in learning traditional crafts and skills. If there is an area you are interested in but do not see a class listed, please contact us.
Introduction To Baking
Available class dates:
Monday, June 5th 2017
Over the past thirty years, we have learned much about baking our own breads using whole grains and other natural ingredients. The focus of this hands-on workshop is to teach the basics of making whole wheat breads. You’ll gain practical experience as we actually mix the ingredients, knead, prepare and bake a variety of whole wheat breads. Each student brings home what they make in class, which includes; two loaves of sandwich bread, a plate of cookies, a dozen dinner rolls and a dozen flour tortillas.
Offered in collaboration with Brush Creek Creamery
Available class dates:
Saturday, May 20th 2017
Whether you have your own cow, goat, sheep, or use milk from a local dairy, making your own fresh, homemade dairy products is a unique and enjoyable culinary experience. Using our book, Soft Cheese Making – a Beginner’s Guide to Making Butter and Soft Cheeses at Home, our instructors will teach you how to make butter, cultured buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, yogurt, herb cheese logs and a 30-minute mozzarella. We also show uses for whey (the by-product of cheese making).
There is lots of hands-on experience and sampling (eat a light breakfast!) as well as cheeses to take home. At the end of the class, you’ll take home our book on cheesemaking as well as an herb cheese log, a pint of yogurt and a ball of mozzarella. (You may want to bring a small cooler with you if you have a long drive home.)
We provide all the equipment for the class and will have cheese making supplies available for purchase (including dairy thermometers, rennet, cheesecloth, draining mats, soft cheese molds and citric acid).
Canning & Preserving
Offered in collaboration with Brush Creek Farms
Class dates to be determined, Summer 2017
Learn the joy and fulfillment of preserving produce from your own garden, orchard or vineyard produce. In this hands-on workshop, you learn many practical ways to prepare and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables along with meats. You will learn water-bath and pressure canning methods; how to make and can preserves, jams and jellies; how to lacto-ferment cabbage to make sauerkraut; as well as how to dehydrate foods and freeze foods. We will also discuss which preservation methods are the best for each type of food.
In keeping with our desire to prepare as wholesome and healthful foods as possible, we will be using all natural ingredients and sweeteners. Please bring an apron to protect your clothing.
Weaving - Rigid Heddle Loom
Available class dates:
Wednesdays in June, (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th) 2017
We are offering a 4 session rigid heddle loom workshop. The first of the day-long sessions will be an introduction to direct warping in the morning and weaving of a scarf in the afternoon. The next three classes will be different scarf projects (plaid/check, houndstooth, pick-up stick) each warping pattern building on the next.
Each student must provide their own rigid heddle loom in good working order plus 2- 10" stick shuttles, scissors and tape measure. If you have any questions about your loom or wish to purchase a loom and/or stick shuttles from us please contact us at least 3 weeks prior to the class.
Note: Since our workshops are specifically designed for adults, an individual must be 18 years old to enroll in a class. All students should wear practical work clothes and shoes. For your safety, we ask that you do not wear shorts or sandals to a class you are attending.
We would like to offer classes in the following areas, however we need to determine the interest in each specific area in order to schedule a class date. If you would like to participate in any of the following classes, please send us an email with your specific interests and desired class length and focus. We hope to schedule these classes by summer 2017.
Single or Multi-Day Courses, teaching skills including:
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One-day, hands-on class as an introduction to blacksmithing. Learn about the equipment and tools needed for basic forging and how to light and maintain a coal fire in the forge. Learn to develop proper hammer technique and control as well. During the class, you’ll make a handsome three-hook wall rack that you can use in your home or shop.
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Weaving - Floor Loom
To be able to organize floor loom classes, it would help us to know your specific weaving interests. Are you a first time weaver? Have you woven before but need a refresher on warping, reading a draft and calculating a project, or would you like to explore new weaving structures (if so, is there anything specific that you are interested in)? What kind of loom do you have or what kind of loom are you familiar with -jack, counter balance or counter marche?
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