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Intro to Veggie Fermentation @ 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Pollinators in the Piedmont: Picnic + Planting @ Mystic Farm + Distillery April 13th

Want to have a picnic BY the bees while you learn to plant a picnic FOR the bees?

Learn how to grow pollinator-friendly plants while helping to install a pollinator habitat at Mystic Farm & Distillery! Sample from a pollinator picnic where you can taste drinks and treats made from honey and flowers along with samples of Mystic spirits!

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Join the local-food educators from Piedmont Picnic Project and the bee-loving expert of Apiopolis at Mystic Farm & Distillery for this two-hour hands-on pollinator gardening workshop and picnic — great for folks looking to learn new gardening skills, learn more about pollinator-friendly practices, or just taste and learn about food and drink you can make with honey and wildflowers! As we get our hands dirty and taste these goodies, we’ll also learn more about the history of bees & beekeeping and their importance in our world today.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to grow pollinator plants along with seeds for pollinator-friendly plants to get you started at home.
  • New experiences of food and drink made with honey and wildflowers (and spirits!) as well as recipes for you to replicate the same treats on your own.

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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.

                  

This workshop is the third in a four-part series of Foragable Durham 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 a part of the Foragable Communities initiative.

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.

Apiopolis is a non-profit urban bee sanctuary in Raleigh. Their mission is to improve the health and habitat of honeybees and native pollinators, and to form dynamic collaborations that promote the well being of our entire community in a holistic, inclusive, and joyful manner.

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 liqueur, bourbon, and gin.

Note: This workshop takes place rain or shine. Weather-permitting, we will be outdoors working in the soil. Please dress comfortably for the weather and ready to get your hands dirty.

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Fall Workshop Schedule

Check out our full list of Fall Workshops below!  Click the link to access the ticketing website for each class.

September

9/8 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: End of Summer Preserving Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm

9/20  (Thursday, 6 – 7:30 PM) – Know your Roots: Fall into Winter Gardening  @ Raleigh City Farm

9/22 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM) – Fermented Sodas Workshop @ Well Fed Community Garden

9/30 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM) – Beers from Here Foraging Walk @ TLC’s Walnut Hill

October

10/13  (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Intro to Veggie Fermentation  @ Raleigh City Farm

10/13 (Saturday, 2 PM – 4 PM) – Intro to Dairy Fermentation @ NC Museum of History

10/18  (Thursday, 6 – 7:30 PM) – Know your Roots: Soil Building + Composting  @ Raleigh City Farm

10/20 (Saturday, 11-1:30 PM) – Foragable Durham Wild Cocktail Workshop @ Mystic Distillery

November

11/3 (Saturday, 1 PM – 3 PM) – Intro to Veggie Fermentation @ NC Museum of History

11/10 (Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM)  – Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Yogurt + Yogurt Cheese  @ Raleigh City Farm

December

12/15 (Saturday, 11 AM – 1:30 PM) – Foragable Durham: All-Local Cookie Baking Workshop @ Mystic Distillery

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Join us! Gardening Principles + Permaculture May 31!

 

Looking for a solid foundation in key gardening principles? Ever wondered about permaculture as a technique for your garden?

Join Piedmont Picnic Project for this Gardening Principles + Permaculture workshop with special guest instructors – Jeana Myers, Wake County Horticulture Extension Agent, and Will Hooker, professor emeritus NCSU Horticulture and local permaculture expert – to learn more at this workshop on Thursday, May 31 at Raleigh City Farm!

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CANCELLED Good Bug, Bad Bug? Workshop April 26

Is that a good bug or a bad bug for your garden? How do you attract more good bugs and why are they important?

Join Piedmont Picnic Project for a Good Bug, Bad Bug? workshop with special guest instructor, Alison Reeves of the NCSU Agroecology Education Farm on Thursday, April 26 at Raleigh City Farm! Learn all about garden bugs – pests, beneficials, and pollinators!

Learn to make sticky traps to catch bugs at home and take home seeds for pollinator-friendly plants!

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Join us! How to Grow your own Microgreens Workshop on March 29!

Ever wondered about microgreens – what they are or how to grow your own?

Join Piedmont Picnic Project for our upcoming Grow Your Own Microgreens workshop with special guest instructor, Tami Purdue of Sweet Peas Urban Gardens on March 29 at Raleigh City Farm! Learn all about these intensely flavored, super nutritious, and strikingly beautiful tiny edibles!

Take home a tray of your microgreen of choice to start yourself at home.

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Know your Roots: Intro to Soil + Composting | Thursday, October 26, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for our Soil Building + Composting Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Thursday, October 26.

Wondering what you would need to do to start building your own soil at home? We can help!

Fall is a great time to focus on building up your soil for seasons to come.

Join us to learn the basics of soil building, including composting, lasagna gardening, cover crops, and more!

We’ll send you home with a thorough knowledge of soil-building basics and handouts to help get you started.

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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Know your Roots: Fall into Winter Gardening | Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for our Fall into Winter Gardening Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Thursday, September 28.

Wondering if gardening season is over now that fall has come? It’s not!

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons! Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens. Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter, with a free planting guide, AND a fall veggie container garden to get you started.

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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Intro to Veggie Fermentation on July 15 @ The Well Fed Community Garden!

Join us for our upcoming Intro to Veggie Fermentation Class at the Well Fed Community Garden!

We’ve all heard about the benefits of adding probiotic-rich fermented foods to our diets. Buying them at the store can get expensive, but how do you know how to make sure you’re safely getting the most out of these foods when making them at home? Fermentation can seem like a mysterious process, but we’ll make it easy for you and break it down step-by-step by:

  • Providing the story, benefits, and process behind vegetable fermentation
  • Tasting an array of home-fermented veggies
  • Guiding you through a hands-on demonstration of home fermentation using two different methods
  • Sending you home with handouts and a fermentation vessel filled with a prepped veggie of your choice to get started right away at home!

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Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop on May 25 @ Raleigh City Farm

Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden | Thursday, May 25, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for the next workshop of our spring Know Your Roots gardening series at Raleigh City Farm — Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop!

Afraid you’re too late to put in a summer garden?  Already planted your summer veggies, but not interested in spending the summer’s hottest months weeding and watering?  Had trouble keeping your garden thriving through the summer heat in the past?

This workshop is for you!  We’ll guide you through everything you need to plant a summer garden and keep it going through the most brutal parts of the summer heat.  We’ll send you home with a planting guide for June and a handout full of tips for a thriving summer garden.

Information will cover:
-What you can still plant now for harvests THIS summer and how to plant them.
-Strategies to conserve water in your garden and plant varieties that will resist drought and thrive in heat.
-Local history about Raleigh’s plant and garden past!

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We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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