Orchid Care with Jeff Baldwin of The Orchid Gallery • $40 • Register
Wednesday, September 25th • 6pm-7pm
If you are captivated by orchids, but might be a little intimidated by the thought of caring for them, this is the class for you! You’ll learn about the growing habits of a number of different varieties, along with their different needs; how to repot an orchid; and how to identify and address potential problems with your plants. Jeff is a Durham native and has a BS from NC State University School of Forestry. For 25 years, he has been growing orchids commercially in Pittsboro with the Orchid Gallery, focusing on many of the popular orchids like Cattleyas, Oncidiums, Phalaenopsis, Lady’s Slippers, and his favorite, Vandas.
Class fee includes:
- 1 Hour of Instruction (Priceless)
- 1 Phalaenopsis Orchid in Bloom ($20 Value)
- 1 Bottle of Jack’s Bloom Booster Orchid Fertilizer ($12 Value)
Food Preservation 101: Basics of Home Food Preservation • FREE • Register
Saturday, October 12th • 11am-12pm
We are thrilled to be hosting a 2-class series on basic canning, and making sauerkraut and food fermentation, led by Orange Country Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, Ivelisse Colon Diaz.
After all of our labor in the garden, we don’t want our work to go to waste when abundant harvests come in, and we can’t eat everything NOW. In this first class in our food preservation series, come refresh your knowledge, or learn about home food canning and safe ways to preserve the fruits of our land. Understand how to prevent foodborne illnesses when canning foods at home. One of every six people in the United States will contract a foodborne illness this year, and you don’t want to be one of them! Learn how to put up food safely and effectively to preserve your harvest.
About the Instructor: Ivelisse Colon Diaz is a North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agent for Consumer Sciences. She provides education about food safety at home, Safe Plates – Food Safety Manager Certification program, Food Processing and Canning, and Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity to adults and youth.
* This Class is a prerequisite for our November Fermentation/Sauerkraut Hands-On Class Session
Herbal Teas: Infusions and Decoctions • $35 • Register
Saturday, October 19th • 1pm-3pm
Tea is an art-form. A ritual. A self-care practice. A medicine. A traditional beverage. In this class, taught by herbalist and healing arts practitioner Ricky Bratz, participants will learn the art of herbal infusion and decoction, the best tools to use and have for tea-making, and some of the best herbs to have on hand at home (in the garden or in the cupboard) for personal tea making rituals. The class will include a review of Materia Medica (in depth profile) for all herbs used during class. Participants will create a dry tea blend of their own (max of 3 herbs) to take home and enjoy!
$35 class fee includes instruction, materials, and a dry tea blend to take home with you.
Making Elderberry Syrup • $40 • Register
Saturday, November 9th • 1pm-3pm
Elderberry syrup is both a delicious treat and an important medicine for boosting the immune system and preventing us from getting sick. Elderberry can also be used after we succumb to illness, as it has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold or flu by up to 3 days! Come learn more about this amazing native plant: why you should love Elderberry; how to grow it; its history and use; and most importantly, how to make elderberry syrup! Class includes an elderberry syrup making demo and recipes. We will also discuss other immune boosting herbs you can add to your syrup to give it your own twist.
Participants will go home with a 1oz bottle of elderberry syrup
About the Instructor: Ricky Bratz has been studying and working with herbs for over 10 years and is a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, One World Healing Arts Institute, and holds a BA from Goddard College in Health Arts & Sciences. Her practice Cazimi Healing offers virtual and in-person consults, workshops, and an online apothecary.
Food Preservation 201: Making Sauerkraut and the Basics of Fermentation • $25 • Register
Saturday, November 16th • 11am-1pm
EThis is the second class in our 2-class series on basic canning and food fermentation, led by Orange Country Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, Ivelisse Colon Diaz. You must attend Food Preservation 101: Basic Canning in order to take Food Preservation 201.
Enjoy this hands-on sauerkraut-making session and learn about the origins of food fermentation, the science behind how it happens, and the potential health benefits it can bring to your way of eating. See and experience how you can turn cabbage into the piquant, sour deliciousness we love serving with hot dogs and other dishes.
Registration closes November 12th, 2019 and class is subject to cancellation if class minimum of 5 attendees is not met. Class maximum is 8, and we think these spaces will fill pretty quickly, so if you are interested in learning to ferment sauerkraut and other foods, you should register for these two classes sooner rather than later!