Red Wiggler's mission is to be a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities can come together to work, learn and grow healthy food. As a part of that mission, we offer workshops where community members can begin to learn how to preserve farm fresh food so that it not only lasts longer but also contributes to a diverse and nourishing diet.
Past workshops have included the following.
DIY Fermentation: Beyond Cabbage
In this fun and informative class, participants learned all about fermentation, probiotics, and the benefits of making fermented veggies. Participants walked through the basics of home vegetable fermentation using produce grown at Red Wiggler Community Farm, such as carrots, beets, radishes and more. Attendees chopped, grated, salted, and mixed their very own batch of veggies to ferment at home and left with the knowledge necessary to make more batches at home.
DIY Pickling: Beyond Cucumbers
In this workshop, participants learned the process of brining and fermenting, using produce from Red Wiggler Community Farm, such as cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and more. Attendees left with a how-to guide, a quart of handmade pickles or relish, and the confidence and know-how to continue fermenting all summer long.
DIY Kimchi for Every Palate
When most people think of kimchi, they think of a super spicy, bright red mix of strange vegetables buried in the ground. Which is why many people view the traditional Korean ferment suspiciously; but kimchi is a delicious, versatile ferment with many options for preparation. In this class, the instructor discussed all the different ways participants can create and flavor kimchi. Participants also made a batch to take home--no burying required.
These workshops were taught by Rachel Armistead, co-founder of The Sweet Farm, a family business specializing in kraut and ginger beer. The Sweet Farm also has a sweet food truck where they serve scrumptious sausages (featured at our upcoming Harvest Celebration & Silent Auction) loaded with their famous krauts. Visit their website to see where you can pick-up their tasty products. All workshops were held on the farm and used Red Wiggler produce as much as possible.
Check back for future workshop dates!