Creating More Resilient Gardens Workshop Oct. 19th!

Want to learn techniques to make your garden more resilient even in times of extreme rain, drought, and heat?

Join Piedmont Picnic with two local gardening experts, Will Hooker and Jeana Myers, to learn their top tips for more resilient gardens!

Register here!

This 2-hour hands-on gardening workshop is great for beginners looking to master some important gardening basics or for more experienced growers looking to learn new techniques for a more resilient and independent garden! You’ll learn top tips from these two local and nationally-renowned gardening experts to make our gardens more resilient in the face of changing climate impacts, including protecting soils, swales, mulch, providing shade and shade structures, irrigation, and more!

Reserve your spot here.

As we try our hand at growing these yummy foods, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around them in our local Raleigh community.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow a more resilient garden at home.
  • Information on protecting soils, swales, mulch, providing shade and shade structures, irrigation, and more to keep your garden growing through the weather extremes.

We’re excited to be at Raleigh City Farm for this workshop – a hub for local food and community as well as a beautiful outdoor urban farm location!

Foragable Raleigh. This workshop is one of a pair we’re hosting this fall as part of a Foragable Raleigh series to connect us more with our local foodways and build resilience and community through food. Foragable Raleigh is a part of the Foragable Communities initiative.

About the partners:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Will Hooker and Jeana Myers are a husband and wife dynamic duo of gardening expertise that we are lucky to have right here in Raleigh. Jeana Myers is a Wake County Extension agent of Agriculture and Horticulture who educates people on growing their own food every day and Will Hooker is a professor emeritus of horticulture from NCSU and nationally-renowned permaculture expert.

Piedmont Picnic seeks to connect people to their food through hands-on programming that builds skills and builds community. Learn how to produce your favorite food and drink while at the same time being rooted in the relevant history behind our local food traditions, people, and place.

Note: This workshop takes place rain or shine. Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty!

Grow Your Own Microgreens Workshop Oct. 3!

Want to learn a simple technique to grow your own super-nutritious and tasty microgreens?

Join Piedmont Picnic with the founder and owner of Sweet Peas Urban Gardens to learn everything you need to know to grow these tiny and flavorful nutritional powerhouses at home!

Reserve your spot here.

This 1.5-hour hands-on gardening workshop is great for beginners looking for a simple way to start growing your own food (even in small spaces!) or for more experienced growers looking to learn new techniques from a local expert! You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to grow your own microgreens at home AND take home a handout and kit you plant with us to get you started. Enjoy samples of microgreens and learn more about ways to incorporate them into your table and the nutritional benefits of these small but mighty greens!

Join us by reserving a ticket here. 

We’re excited to be at Rebus Works for this workshop – a hub for local food and community as well as a very cool indoor space with wine, beer, and coffee available for purchase! As we taste and try our hand at growing these yummy foods, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around them in our local Raleigh community.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow microgreens at home.
  • Ideas to incorporate microgreens into your table.
  • Samples to taste in class and a microgreen kit you plant in class to take home!

This workshop is one of many we are hosting at Rebus Works – each designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

Join us!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Tami Purdue of Sweet Peas Urban Gardens Tami started Sweet Peas on her own residential property, and this urban farm is now located less than 2 miles from downtown Raleigh. The team grows over fifty-five varieties of microgreens and vegetable shoots exemplifying the precepts of the urban farm movement. The team believes that urban farming is fundamental to the creation of healthy, sustainable food production for our growing metropolitan society.

Elizabeth Weichel of Piedmont Picnic has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson of Piedmont Picnic has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-fermented goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Homemade Chips & Salsa September 26th!

Want to learn to make your own homemade tortilla chips, fresh pico de gallo, and yummy guacamole for a delicious starter to any meal or party?

Learn simple techniques from the founder and owner of Mama’s Salsa who has combined her own family traditions with new ideas inspired by experiences and ingredients both locally and throughout her travels!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project with Mama’s Salsa at Rebus Works for this 1.5-hour hands-on cooking workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to simple techniques or those more experienced in the kitchen looking to learn new methods and recipes! We’ll learn everything you need to know about how to create your own freshly made salsas and freshly baked chips – all with no special equipment. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home a jar of salsa, a bag of chips, and handouts to get you started at home.

We’re excited to be at Rebus Works for this workshop – a hub for local food and community as well as a very cool indoor space with wine, beer, and coffee available for purchase! As we taste and try our hand at making these yummy foods, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around them in our local Raleigh community.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to make homemade chips and salsa, including choosing ingredients, the process for making and storing, and ideas for how best to serve them.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started at home.
  • Lots of samples in class and a jar of salsa and a bag of chips to take home!

This workshop is one of many we are hosting at Rebus Works – each designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Crystal Harris of Mama’s Salsa got started making authentic Mexican meals for her friends, and it turned into a full-blown business! Mama’s Salsa makes fresh chips & salsas weekly!! Each recipe has been carefully crafted & perfected. Some salsas remind her of home & some are new packed with flavor! When it comes to Salsa, Mama knows best!

Elizabeth Weichel of Piedmont Picnic has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson of Piedmont Picnic has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-fermented goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Bottomless Salad Gardening Workshop Sep. 21st!

Want to grow a continuous supply of your very own fresh, nutritious, and tasty salad greens all fall long?

Learn how to plant once and harvest again and again! Take home a “salad bowl” upcycled container garden you planted yourself!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on gardening workshop — great for beginners looking to plant their first veggies or experienced gardeners looking to learn new methods! As we get our hands dirty on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history of how Raleighites have been growing their own food for generations.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • Everything you need to know to start plants from seeds – in containers or straight into the ground.
  • What plants you can plant when this fall.
  • How to choose the right container, soil, and environment to match your plants.
  • What you need to turn an upcycled container into an attractive and functional pot for your plants.
  • How to grow fall salad greens using the “cut and come again” continuous growing method.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow your own veggies at home.
  • A planting guide handout to know what to plant when.
  • Your very own upcycled container garden planted with salad greens to harvest all fall long.

This workshop is the first in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this fall designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, and preserving her own food all on a small lot in the city and working toward total fruit and veggie independence. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little homestead – whether it’s the size of a single container garden or an entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty.

Kombucha & Fermented Root Beers at the Well Fed Community Garden on September 7!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at the Well Fed Community Garden for our upcoming workshop on kombucha and fermented root beers! Learn two techniques for fermenting your own sodas at home: (1) fermenting using a kombucha SCOBY which we will provide, and (2) fermenting by growing your own ginger bug.

REGISTRATION LINK COMING SOON!

What you can expect:

  • Taste fermented sodas flavored with locally foraged fruit and herbs!
  • Learn how to make two kinds of fermented sodas on your own at home:
    • Kombucha
    • Ginger Bug Soda
  • Take home a kombucha fermentation kit that includes:
    • fermentation vessel + swing-top bottle for the finished product
    • fermentation cover cloth
    • SCOBY starter
    • your first batch of tea!
  • Learn a about the history of sodas and health elixirs in North Carolina + more about the potential health benefits of drinking naturally fermented sodas today!

SOLD OUT: Gettin’ Figgy with It at the NC Museum of History on August 10!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project in this interactive workshop to learn about the history and traditions surrounding figs in North Carolina. You’ll learn several techniques for preserving figs at home, and you’ll sample homemade treats made from fig preserves.

When you leave, you’ll take with you everything you need to get started with figs at home: a jar of fig jam you helped make in class, recipes for jam and for Ocracoke Fig Cake, and cuttings from the museum’s fig tree so you can grow your own!

Support for the museum’s outdoor garden exhibit, History of the Harvest, on Bicentennial Plaza is provided, this year, by the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission and by Logan’s Garden Shop.

Blackberry Brigade at Horton Grove Nature Preserve on June 29th!

Join us for a fun morning foraging blackberries in a beautiful natural location – all for a great cause and a great beer!

The 6th annual Blackberry Brigade will take place at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Horton Grove Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 28th.

Piedmont Picnic Project will be on site to guide you to the best berry picking spots and offer tips on how to nab the best berries with the least scratches. Compete with other pickers on who can get the most berries during the event, and win a prize if you pull in the highest berry poundage! Enjoy cold wild foraged sodas made and served by Piedmont Picnic as you pick.

Reserve your free spot here.

All berries that are picked and donated will be given to Trophy Brewing Co to create a yummy new blackberry beer inspired by this event – with a portion of proceeds going back to TLC! That’s right — your berries will contribute to a delicious beer on tap at Trohpy Brewing — and benefit a great organization!

Join us for this fun and juicy event!

Reserve your free spot here.

Intro to Veggie Fermentation at Camden Street Learning Garden on June 8th!

Want to enjoy the tang and crunch of your own fermented vegetables in your home kitchen? Curious about the benfits of fermented foods?

Learn simple techniques to turn fresh veggies into tasty and healthy fermented foods. Take home a jar of sauerkraut to ferment and enjoy at home!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Camden Street Learning Garden for this two-hour hands-on fermentation workshop — great for folks new to fermentation or others with more experience looking to pick up new techniques! We’ll use fresh veggies right out of the Camden Street Learning Garden to make salty, sour, pro-biotic-rich fermented vegetables – including sauerkraut, “kraut-chi,” and root veggies! Hear stories about southern ferments… is sauerkraut a southern tradition? Find out! Try samples in class and make and take a jar of your own to ferment at home! We’ll give you all the information you need to know and handouts to take with you.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • The basics of fermentation, including how the process works, potential benefits, choosing a fermentation vessel, choosing ingredients, and creating the ideal environment for your ferment.
  • Everything you need to know to start fermenting simple pickles and condiments at home, including sauerkraut, “kraut-chi,” and root vegetable pickles.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to ferment your own veggies at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your fermentation journey.
  • Lots of fermented veggie samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own fermentation vessel with a starter batch of sauerkraut to ferment at home.

We’re excited to be hosting our very first workshop at Camden Street Learning Garden AND our very first “pay what you can” workshop to keep it accessible to all!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

About the instructors & host:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-fermented goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Camden Street Learning Garden is a one-acre garden in downtown Raleigh run by the Interfaith Food Shuttle. The garden provides community members with the opportunity to cultivate new relationships as they find out where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how to turn it into healthy and affordable meals.

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors –please dress comfortably for the weather.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Wild Fermentation Foraged Sodas Workshop at Mystic Farm & Distillery on May 18th

Have you ever wondered what springtime tastes like? Wanted to bottle up a perfect day and save it for later? We can teach you how!

Join us for a FREE foraging walk through the property at Mystic Farm & Distillery. Along the way, we’ll identify edible plants and add them to our jars which we’ll then turn into your very own personalized wild soda! This Wild Fermentation Foraged Sodas Walk + Workshop will conclude our Foragable Durham series started last fall.

Join the local-food educators from Piedmont Picnic Project for this two-hour hands-on wild history walk + picnic — great for folks interested in an introduction to foraging, looking to connect more closely to the Piedmont region of NC, and to learn the almost-magic secrets of wild fermentation!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to ID edible plants in the wild.
  • Instructions on using wild fermentation to create sodas and other beverages & and your very own jar of future soda from plants you’ve picked on the Mystic Farm & Distillery property.
  • New drink experiences made with wild fermentation (and some Mystic spirits!) along with recipes for you to replicate the process at home.

This is the fourth and final in the Foragable Durham series of events and workshops at Mystic Farm & Distillery designed to teach important skills that connect you more with your local food community and environment! Foragable Durham is part of the Foragable Communities initiative.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

About the Partners:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

                  

Piedmont Picnic Project seeks to connect people to their food through hands-on programming that builds skills and builds community. Learn how to produce your favorite food and drink while at the same time being rooted in the relevant history behind our local food traditions, people, and place.

Mystic Farm & Distillery is located in the heart of the Research Triangle on a 22-acre site. They transform local grains and botanicals into finely-crafted spirits, including bourbon liquour, bourbon, and gin.

Note: This workshop takes place rain or shine. The walk will include walking outside through some potentially uneven, forested, or grassy terrain. We recommend that you come dressed for the weather and for walking, including closed toe shoes and long pants, a hat/sunglasses/sunscreen and/or rain gear, and a water bottle.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Berry Jam + Jelly Canning Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on May 11th!

Want to preserve the taste of delicious spring berries to enjoy all year long?

Learn to make jelly and jam from spring berries and then preserve them using the simple water bath canning method! Take home a jar of berry jam you help make!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on preserving workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to preserving or those familiar with canning looking to learn to make a new preserve!

We’ll learn everything you need to know about turning spring berries into glossy, chunky jams or glowing jellies – the jewels of the pantry! You’ll get a thorough overview of the water-bath canning method – a way you can seal and keep jars of preserves on the shelf without needing special kitchen equipment. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home your very own berry jam you help make in class. As we taste and try our hand at preserving on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around preserving food in our local Raleigh community.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • How to make berry jams and jellies, including selecting fruit and other ingredients, choosing recipes, and processing your fruit.
  • The water bath canning method of preserving jars of jelly and jam to make them shelf stable without needing special kitchen eqipment – including selecting jars and other tools, the science of canning, and preserving safety.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to preserve your own jams and jellies at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your preserving journey.
  • Lots of berry jam and jelly samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own jar of berry jam you help make in class.

This workshop is the third in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-preserved goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather.

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