Upcoming Workshops: Cooking, Printing, and Brewing

Standard

If you are feeling a little cooped up this winter, then come out to Goldenrod Alley Farm and learn some new homesteading skills.  We have three workshops planned for February-March.  Each workshop will provide a hands-on experience to learn something new.  The cost is $12 per workshop (on a sliding scale).  All workshops will be held at Goldenrod Alley Farm, 156 West Hamilton Ave, State College, PA.  For more information, send us an email or call Josh at (814)237-0996.

WINTER SEASONAL COOKING WORKSHOP (Feb 20, 2016)

Do you have the “Midwinter what the heck do I do with this rutabaga” blues?  If so, then local farmer and chef extraordinaire Laura Zaino can help.

On February 20th, from 1 – 4 pm, participants will learn how to turn seasonally-available produce (from the unusual to the unexceptional) into tasty mid-winter fare.  Laura will share some recipes and participants will have an opportunity to help with the cooking… and the eating.

If her previous cooking workshops are anything to go by, then participants are in for an informative and yummy experience.

LINOLEUM CUT PRINT-MAKING (Feb 27, 2016)

Just like Johannes Gutenberg, instructor Katherine Watt build her own printing press and has been accumulating equipment and skills as a printmaker.  You may have even bought one of her awesome linoleum-cut calendars which we sold as a fundraiser for Spring Creek Homesteading Fund.

On February 27th, from 10 am – 12 pm, Katherine will discuss the steps and materials needed to build a bottle-jack printing press, discuss the basics of linoleum cut printmaking, and provide participants the opportunity to make some linoleum cut prints to take home.

It’s worth pointing out, that print-making is addicting and participants shouldn’t be surprised if they leave this workshop longing for the smell of printing ink.

INTRODUCTORY BEER BREWING (Feb 28 and Mar 13, 2016)

Do you like to drink beer?  Ever wanted to learn how to make it?

In this workshop, instructor Josh Lambert will provide an overview the art and science of brewing, discuss the equipment and supplies needed to brew beer from malt extract, and lead a hands-on brewing session to make 5 gallons of ale.

This workshop involves 2 sessions (Feb 28 and Mar 13) each running from 10 am – 1 pm.  At the first session, participants will make the wort and get the fermentation started.  At the second session, participants will bottle the beer and take home a share.

Registration for the brewing class is limited to persons 21 years or older.

Winter Seasonal Cooking Workshop- Jan 17th

Standard

Do you have the “Midwinter what the heck do I do with this rutabaga” blues?  If so, then local farmer and chef extraordinaire Laura Zaino can help.

At this cooking workshop, participants will learn how to turn seasonally-available produce (from the unusual to the unexceptional) into tasty mid-winter fare.  Laura will share some recipes and participants will have an opportunity to help with the cooking… and the eating.

If her previous cooking workshops are anything to go by, then participants are in for an informative and yummy experience.

The workshop will take place at Goldenrod Alley Farm (156 West Hamilton Ave, State College, PA) on Sunday, January 17th, from 1 – 4 pm.  There is a $12 sliding scale registration fee.

For more information or to register, please email or call Josh at (814)237-0996.

Here’s what you missed… Bread from the Wild

Standard

On Satuday (Dec 12), 10 people crowded around the dining room table at Goldenrod Alley Farm and learned how to make sourdough from Lisa Hershey of Lefevre Bakery.  We learned about starting a culture, taking care of it, and using it to make bread.  It turns out that taking care of sourdough starter (levain) is a lot like having a pet.  It needs to be fed regularly, it has to be kept in a nice place, and you have to handle it gently.  The rewards however are quite spectacular.  Everyone that came to the workshop left with sourdough to put in the oven, levain to use for batches of bread in the future, and some more knowledge and hopefully more self-confidence to make bread.  A good take for a three hour workshop.  Oh, we also got to enjoy some sourdough bread right out of the oven that Lisa had prepared ahead of time.  Here are some pics.  Please keep an eye out for more workshops after the first of the year.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

December 2: Homesteading workshop at South Hills Business School

Standard

Homesteader Dan Pytel will teach a class titled “Homesteading 101” on December 2 from 6 – 9 pm at South Hills School of Business School and Technology in State College.

The class will cover topics including:

  1. What is homesteading? How to think about self-reliance and how it will work for you.
  2. How to get started. Different approaches to starting and where to get more information.
  3. Gardening and seeds. Getting plants and seeds, how to start them and grow them. Soil and composting.
  4. Fruit and nuts. Basics of growing fruits, berries and nuts.
  5. Living off the land. Tapping trees, mushroom cultivation, lay of the land and water.
  6. Preserving and storing food. Canning, freezing, drying and fermenting your food including sauerkraut, pickles, wine making, and hard cider.
  7. The Birds and the Bees. Basics of keeping poultry and bees.
  8. Group discussion on areas of interest. Networking.

There is a $35 registration fee.  For more information and to register, please visit the South Hills website.

December 12: Sourdough Workshop

Standard

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make sourdough bread, this is your chance.  Professional baker Lisa Hershey will teach a workshop about starting and maintaining stiff sourdough on December 12 starting at 2 pm.

This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will have the chance to take home some sourdough starter.

The workshop will be held at Goldenrod Alley Farm, 156 West Hamilton Ave, State College, PA.  There is a $12 sliding scale registration fee.  For more information or to register, call Josh at (814)237-0996 or send us an email.