Would you like to reconnect with farmstead traditions and develop your ability to produce and prepare your own food? Cheese and bread making, beekeeping, food preservation, and small-scale animal husbandry all are appealing and relevant to those who thrive on food independence, artisan techniques, and self-sufficiency.
In today’s society, many people have lost the knowledge that humans used for thousands of years both to connect with nature and feed themselves. This hands-on workshop is an introduction to and celebration of the farmstead arts that actually are alive and well all around us. Join Charlie Cascio and Liam McDermott as they share their knowledge of the art of home cheese making, including recipes for hard and soft cheeses, and cheese molding and pressing. Bake sour dough and yeasted breads, and explore basic beekeeping and honey extraction at the Esalen bee hives. Food preservation methods include dehydration, fermentation, and root cellar cold storage.
There also is a field trip to Sweetwater Farm, a small goat dairy in the Big Sur Mountains, where participants will observe an active dairy and cheese-making operation. Experience the alchemical processes by which milk is transformed into an extraordinary diversity of cheeses; flower nectar yields different varietals of honey; and flour, water, and yeast join to become bread.
Please note: Bring a heavy, long-sleeved shirt and denim-type pants for bee work.
($50 supplemental food fee paid directly to the leaders)