Winter Wednesdays

Feb 22 VT Food System Panel: What’s happening with food and farming in our region No registration required

Join farmers, business owners, and food access professionals to discuss our local food system and to learn more about the food that is being grown, sold, distributed, donated and enjoyed in our region. This panel brings together a wide range of expertise and knowledge about farming, food and food access that is sure to create lively and fruitful conversation about the current state of the food system and hopes for the future.

March 1st Make Your Own Kimchi* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Kimchi is an amazing ferment that can spice up any meal. We’ll discuss basic rules, tips and tricks of fermentation with a focus on kimchi, then test them out by making your own custom (vegan) kimchi to take home.

This class is great for the complete novice, the beginning fermenter who might have a few questions based on their experience, and those looking to add a skill to their kitchen arsenal.

March 15th Backyard Chickens No registration required

Raising backyard chickens is an great way to become more self-sufficient, raise your own healthy food source, and have a flock of lovable new pets. Besides producing quality eggs to eat and share, raising chickens can be an enjoyable pastime for youth and adults alike. Natalie’s presentation will answer all your backyard chicken questions and give you the confidence to start your own flock.

March 29th Craft Cocktail Making* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Join local mixologists Matt and Christie Farkas for a craft cocktail-making demo! During this hands-on event we will focus on using local, seasonal ingredients wherever possible while developing an appreciation for the creative professionals who bring these ingredients from farm to glass. Participants will learn to prepare and combine crafty syrups, garnishes and more using fruits, herbs & spices. 

Matt and Christie also like a challenge, so they are encouraging everyone to bring their own ‘secret ingredient’, i.e. something they want to learn how to incorporate into a cocktail. Think herbs, barks, flowers, berries, or really any exotic ingredients. It could be juniper berries from your backyard or dried herbs from last year’s garden, let’s see if they can make a drink out of anything!

The option to make non-alcoholic cocktails is also available. 21+ ONLY. Space limited. Please RSVP to learn more and reserve your spot.

April 12th*5pm*Handmade Pasta* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Get in touch with your inner pasta chef at this hands-on pasta making (and eating!) demonstration with Gloria Ruvalcaba, owner of Grand Isle Pasta. For beginner and experienced cooks alike, during this class you will learn all the steps to make your very own delicious pasta from scratch. Gloria is an amazing chef and this is not one to miss! Please bring your own rolling pin if you have one. We will have extra on hand for anyone who needs one. Space limited. Please RSVP to learn more and reserve your spot .

April 19th The Most Costly Journey: Migrant Farm Workers in Vermont No registration required

In 2021 the Vermont Folklife Center published The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists, our Vermont Reads choice for 2022. The book consists of English language comics created by the El Viaje Más Caro Project, a health care outreach effort of the Open Door Clinic and University of Vermont Extension Bridges to Health that uses comics as a tool to address the overlooked mental health needs of Latin American migrant workers in Vermont.In this presentation, Julia Grand Doucet from the Open Door Clinic will provide an overview of the goals of the El Viaje Más Caro Project, the collaborative methods that define its approach, and insight into the lives and experiences of the workers whose labor supports the continued viability of dairy farming in Vermont.

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