Fermenting and preserving workshop

fermentingPhoto by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Saturday 4th April,
10am till 3pm

The autumn harvest is upon us! Learn how to preserve your excess produce as healthy pickles or ferments.

Join us for a fun and relaxed workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of preserving, pickling, and fermenting excess produce from the greengrocer or home garden. Discover ways to use up seasonal fruits, vegetables, and dairy products by turning them into delicious pickled and fermented foods. Fermented foods are rich in beneficial bacteria and proven to increase the health of your immune system and gut microbiome.

This workshop will teach you the basics of fermentation and food preservation, as well as simple, tasty ways to make homemade treats such as relish, chutney, kefir, yoghurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Produce for the workshop will be picked from local gardens including the community garden at the Hurstbridge Edible Hub, and participants will have the opportunity to take home samples of each recipe made on the day.

What to bring
— 4 x 200ml jars with lids (for your take home samples)
— knife
— apron
— chopping board
— closed-toe shoes

Venue
Hurstbridge Community Hub,
50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge VIC 3099

Lunch
Shared lunch – bring a plate!
(More information on booking.)

Cost
$22 (includes take-home samples and booking fee)

Bookings
TryBooking https://www.trybooking.com/BJCCK
Places are limited to 10, so book early to avoid missing out.

For enquiries or more information, email nerpermaculture@gmail.com
or call Jules Jay on 0400 750 750.

Hosted by NERP (North East Region Permaculture)
NERP is a network of people from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs who love learning about and practising permaculture. NERP members meet regularly in each others homes, and share permaculture skills, knowledge, produce, and enthusiasm. We organise a range of community events including garden tours, workshops, and permaculture projects.

 

RetroSuburbia Workshop Melbourne

Retrosuburbia

Two-day workshop:
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June, from 10 till 4.30

Trainers and facilitators add-on day:
Monday 15 June, from 10 till 4.30

Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household? Wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use, and enjoy a satisfying, fulfilling life?

Join us for a two-day workshop exploring David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia: The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • learn how suburban homes can be transformed into productive, resilient, and ecologically sound places to live, without the need for large-scale investment
  • be empowered to make changes to your own house, garden and lifestyle to increase your family’s sustainability and resilience
  • explore a range of practical retrofits to reduce your use of power for heating, cooling, cooking and other activities
  • discover local, edible plants for the garden, and learn about the importance of climate conditions, soils, and their impact on home food production
  • investigate different lifestyles geared towards sustainability and resilience, and take home positive ideas for change
  • meet and connect with other likeminded people who can motivate and support you on your journey.

Trainers and Facilitators add-on day

Trainers, educators, and community facilitators are invited to attend an extra ‘Trainers and Facilitators’ day at the end of the workshop. By attending this add-on day, you can become a registered retrosuburban trainer, and gain access to extensive training resources along with the opportunity to have your courses listed on retrosuburbia.com.

This extra day will explore retrosuburban themes in more detail, including how they might be applied in community and education activities. It will also be a chance to share your ideas and experiences with other participants working in similar fields. It is expected that participants in the add-on day will have read and be familiar with the material in RetroSuburbia.

Venue

Hurstbridge Learning Co-operative,
10 Lacey’s Rd, Hurstbridge VIC (Melbourne’s northern suburbs).

Travelling by car: Plenty of parking is available on site.

Travelling by train: The Learning Co-op is 2.5km from the Hurstbridge station. Transport to and from the Co-op can be arranged for those travelling by train.

Lunch

Shared lunch each day – bring a plate! (More information on booking.)

Cost

Two-day workshop: $250 ($220 concession)
Three-day workshop with trainers add-on day: $400 (no concession)

Bookings: For information, enquiries, or to register your interest, contact NERP at nerpermaculture@gmail.com (preferred), or call Jules Jay on 0400 750 750.

Organisers

Hosted by NERP (North East Region Permaculture) and presented by Beck Lowe

Beck Lowe worked closely with David Holmgren on the RetroSuburbia book as chief editor, researcher and project manager. Since publication, she has also taken on the role of education coordinator. Beck is an enthusiastic and experienced permaculture educator and has been involved in permaculture training at all levels for more than 15 years. She has practical permaculture experience in private and community spaces in inner city, urban and rural areas.

NERP is a network of people from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs who love learning about and practising permaculture. NERP members meet regularly in each others homes, and share permaculture skills, knowledge, produce, and enthusiasm. We organise a range of community events including garden tours, workshops, and permaculture projects.