2019 Intensives

Saturday, August 10th

The Art of Fermentation Saturday, 8:30am to noon

Come learn how simple it is to make your own kraut, kimchi and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home, as a form of food preservation or for adding value to produce for your farm business. Be part of the fermentation revival.

Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and the Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” Sandor is the recipient of a James Beard award and other honors. For more information, check out his website www.wildfermentation.com.

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Cut Flower Production with Tiny Hearts Farm

Tiny Hearts Farm grows over 120 varieties of cut-flowers and foliage each season.  They market their produce wholesale to NYC and the Hudson Valley, do full-service wedding and event design, and through their own flower shop where they also host workshops and a flower CSA.  In this info-packed intensive, they'll cover ways to incorporate cut flowers into all sizes and styles of farms (or farms-to-be), plant types and variety choices, what you can start from seed and what/where you should buy starter plants. We’ll go into planting, maintenance and weed control, and how to cut flowers for the most blooms and best stem length.

Jenny and Luke grow cut flowers and foliage on 25-acres in Copake NY.

Sunday, August 11th

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

We will explore herbal medicine through a combination of lecture and practical work. Background includes secondary plant metabolites, their health effects, and historical context. We will cover harvesting, storing, extraction and processing for basic internal and topical preparations. Become familiar with the potential for herbal medicine as a component of homestead gardens and self-care, and some of the basic science and traditions underpinning the work.

Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a whole-plant herbalist who lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Field to Market Hemp Cultivation

Have you considered growing hemp commercially but you really need some more information? In this intensive course, learn about cultivating a hemp crop for CBD production. We will cover genetics, transplant care, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm, proper harvest windows and crop quality for a legal and marketable product. Our region is known for its unique niche crops and Organic Certified Hemp is the newest addition to that list. Presenters will help you understand the regulations and the permitting process to start growing hemp on your farm.

Brendan Beer is a cannabis farmer from Greensboro, Vermont collaboratively cultivating hemp with nearby agricultural businesses.