And Learn how to make your own miso! This class is part of the free portion of Transition Albany Health Group’s Fermentation Series, where we focus on DIY fermented foods.
There is a world of difference between commercially prepared ‘fermented’ foods and the ones you make at home. Fermented foods the old fashioned way are so beneficial to overall health that they are often referred to as ‘probiotics’. They increase overall nutrition, promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, aid digestion, support immune function, a good source of B vitamins, digestive enzymes, etc.
Miso is one of these ‘probiotic’ foods. (more…)
The first of Transition Albany Health Group’s Fermentation Series, this class will show you how to make your own milk kefir. Yes, yes, you can learn to do this watching videos on the web. That’s how I did it. But what you will skip are the numerous hours of doubt whether you ruined the whole batch and had to dump the whole concoction only to find out later it was all good. Yup. Did that. Even had to dump a whole batch of kefir grains because I thought I killed them all. Nothing like seeing it with your own eyes! This is your chance to learn all about making your own milk kefir without the anxious moments. That’s priceless!
Why make milk kefir?
It is quite well known that we humans living in this modern world are woefully lacking in beneficial gut bacteria. And it is also well known that if your gut is not well, illness follows. So milk kefir is chock full of good bacteria. You know. Probiotics. Immune booster probiotics. Some claim that milk kefir has up to 50 times more probiotics than yogurt. There are those who claim that they hardly (more…)
Building on session 1′s introduction of both the Permaculture Design Principles and their application across our lives and the Edible Landscape Gardens in Memorial Park, we will have the pleasure of local Physical Therapist and Master Gardener Gail Durkin’s company as she educates us about body mechanics in the garden. Learning how to take care of our bodies while in the garden, or anywhere else for that matter, is a great example of the Permaculture Design Principle, Apply self-regulation and Accept Feedback and the Permaculture Ethic: People Care
Please feel free to come to a meeting of like-minded folks at 7 pm on Friday evening (2/21) to figure out the best way to move forward with an ongoing support group in which we hope to
- weave community connections
- help each other create practical resilience in our personal lives as well as in our neighborhoods, and
- have more fun without electronics!
We’ll start by sharing things to eat, and get to know one another. People who live in Albany west of San Pablo Avenue are particularly warmly invited, but if you come from further away we’d love you to join us anyway, with the idea that at some point you’ll be inspired to start something similar in your own neighborhood.
Help design possibilities for the expanded Eastside Garden (formerly called the ELP)
Saturday, February 15 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Permaculture Image from Green World Trust
WORK PARTY AGENDA
- Revisit and reconsider our mission and vision
- We will validate and/or modify our mission and vision in light of the additional space that we will integrate with the rest of the edible garden. Delia will lead this process.
- Explore the use of feng shui while observing and feeling the new space in relation to that area and the broader environment all around
- We will lay out the shape of the edges and movement through the space under the guidance of Alisa Rose.
- Explore the use of Permaculture while observing the new space in relation to that area and the broader environment all around
- We will work in small groups to design elements of the garden using collage, drawing, writing, what you will. Alexa will facilitate this process.
After Saturday, a small group of volunteers will take our ideas and put together plans for moving our project forward. (more…)