31-Jul-2014 Preserving Your Bounty
Join us in the beautiful Basket of Life Farm barn for an introduction to canning using the hot water bath method. Farmer and home canning enthusiast Heather Walters will take the mystery out of food preservation, from choosing recipes and picking produce all the way to a safe and delicious finished product. You w.. Click For More Info 14669

05-Aug-2014 Planning For Growth: Webinar
In the local foods movement, everybody's talking about "scaling up" - but what does that mean for your farm's operations, business, and quality of life? Join veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard for this exploration of the practical impacts of increasing your business size, and the factors to consider as you d.. Click For More Info 3662

19-Aug-2014 Countryside Local Food Swap - August
Countryside Local Food Swaps are gatherings of cooks, bakers, brewers, growers, and general DIYers; they bring homemade and homegrown items to swap via silent auction style bidding. Visit the Countryside Local Food Swap page (http://countrysideconservancy.businesscatalyst.com/learn-countryside-local-food-swaps.htm) on.. Click For More Info 13812

20-Aug-2014 How to Be a Better Boss on the Market Farm: Webinar
Employees make it possible to get more done, but managing workers and their work takes dedicated time, energy, and processes. Veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard turned his work environment from "The Yelling Farm" into a positive, supportive, and effective workplace. In this workshop, Chris shares his princip.. Click For More Info 16349

27-Aug-2014 Systems for Accountability and Efficiency on the Market Farm: Webinar
Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work, or just creating headaches. Consultant and veteran farmer Chris Blanchard has worked with farmers throughout the Midwest to develop systems that make it easy to achieve .. Click For More Info 16350

03-Sep-2014 Introduction to Fermentation
Lately it seems that everyone is touting the health benefits of probiotics, active cultures, and fermentation. Spend an evening with Molly Murray of Wake Robin Fermented Foods, and see what all the fuss is about. You will learn about the history and health benefits of this traditional preservation method, try you.. Click For More Info 15743

10-Sep-2014 Eating Local Year-Round
Sure, those Californians have it easy when it comes to eating locally throughout the calendar year, but what about those of us in Northeast Ohio? Sit down with our own Beth Knorr, Markets Manager at Countryside Conservancy, and map out a strategy to keep local food on your table all year long. A working mom of tw.. Click For More Info 14753

01-Oct-2014 Exploring the Small Farm Dream
This highly rated four-session course will take a small group of participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, and developing an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way, participants will take a close look at the realities of working for themselves an.. Click For More Info 15607

30-Oct-2014 Cheesemaking 101
Join Abbe Turner, owner of Lucky Penny Creamery, for an evening of handcrafted goodness. Abbe will teach us about the history of cheesemaking, how to assemble the perfect cheese plate, and how to make whole-milk mozzarella and ricotta at home! You will have a chance to try your hand at preparation and kneading cu.. Click For More Info 15120

12-Nov-2014 Home Breadmaking 101
The owners of Trigo's Market Bakery in Cuyahoga Falls will welcome us into their bakery kitchen and share the basics of home breadmaking with a Rustic French. Try your hand at kneading techniques, learn how to ensure a perfect rise, and most importantly - tips for getting that delicious, crisp crust. Everyone wil.. Click For More Info 15815


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Previously-held Classes

Cheesemaking 101
Homebrewing 101
Breadmaking 101
Small Farm Conservation
Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden
Soil Fertility
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

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