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Eat (and drink) your veggies! Join fermentation author and blogger Amanda Feifer to explore two great ways to turn those CSA veggies probiotic. In the first half of this class, we’ll dig in to pickled, seasonal vegetables, made tart not by vinegar, but through the power of microbes from the soil. Then we’ll switch it up and make kvass, sometimes called “rossol,” for a refreshing sour tonic drink.

Each participant will chop and salt their way through fun fermented recipes with a full understanding of how it works, why it’s incredibly safe and how to troubleshoot and experiment on their own. Everyone will make one of each of these gut-healthy goodies to ferment at home while sampling finished fermented pickles and kvass.

When: Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 8:30 PM
Where: Blooming Glen Farm, 98 Moyer Rd, Perkasie, Pa
Cost: $35
Registration: https://phickle.ticketleap.com/kvass-and-pickles/dates/Jun-07-2017_at_0630PM

Blooming Glen Farm is celebrating its 12th season bringing high quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and cut flowers to our local community. Register now for our CSA and enjoy 24 weeks of delicious produce!

Photos above provided by Amanda Feifer of phickle.com

Herbalist Susan Hess of Farm at Coventry is returning to Blooming Glen Farm for the 2013 season!  From May to October she will teach a wonderful variety of herbal classes, as well as her very popular cheese-making class. And, if you sign up for all six classes, you’ll get one free!

Susan Hess is a therapeutic herbalist and native weed wrangler who resides in northern Chester County. Since 1997 Susan has grown a fine line of handcrafted herbal products at the Farm at Coventry. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge through community outreach programs, weed walks and her own teaching gardens during her 12 month “Homestead Herbalism” course. Susan’s website www.FarmatCoventry.com showcases her photography as well as her herbal product line and educational offerings.

Below you will find the class descriptions and dates for the classes that Susan Hess will be holding at Blooming Glen Farm this season. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master herbalist. You will be surprised at the many things that you can easily integrate into your own life, from first aid to wellness remedies, using both cultivated and wild herbs. You may sign up for as little as one class, or all six, it’s up to you! (**If you do decide to sign up for all six of the classes, one class will be free of charge! Six classes for only $150!) Pre-registration (with payment) is required. Registration is through Susan’s website: FarmatCoventry.com, or send a check to Farm at Coventry, 1889 Little Conestoga Road, Elverson, PA 19520. Please call Susan for more details or questions at 610-587-7301.

Soft Cheesemaking: It’s easy to make soft cheeses using farm fresh cow or goat milk and culture!  Unlike cheeses that need to be aged and carefully tended for months, fresh cheeses are ready to eat within a day and can be easily incorporated into any kitchen routine using basic kitchen equipment. Susan will demonstrate the simple step-by-step processes of making a soft cheese such as Chevre or Fromage Blanc and at the end of class we will sample a variety of cheeses. Instructional handouts, a resource list and one packet of culture is included in the cost of the class. Additional supplies will be available for purchase. Register early…this class has been wildly popular! Wed. July 10, 6-7:30pm. Cost: $30

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: Keep your family healthy and comfortable the natural way! Discussion of gathering supplies for a natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit, quick home remedies using common kitchen ingredients and relief for stings, burns, tummy troubles, etc. As always, abundant handouts will be provided. Wed. June 19, 6-8pm. Cost: $30

Art and Craft of Topical Remedies: Understanding that the skin is the largest organ system in the body helps us to utilize herbs in ways that don’t always require ingesting them! This presentation will specifically focus on the craft of topical applications: from green plant poultices to warm tea compresses, plasters, liniments and more. Demonstrations accompanied by plenty of handouts. Wed. July 24, 6-8pm. Cost: $30

Infused Oils and Salve Making: Learn the time-tested secrets to making beautiful, consistently concentrated herb infused oils for creating your own homemade salves, massage oils and liniments. Susan will discuss the step by step process of making great herb infused oils and utilizing a wide variety of herbs. We’ll finish by making simple salves with the class. Participants will receive take home goodies and handouts. Additional supplies will be available for purchase to make your own at home! Wed. August 14, 6-8pm. Cost: $30

Preserving the Herbal Harvest: Join lively discussion and hands-on demonstrations of the many techniques for preserving the herbal harvest. Topics will include: proper harvesting techniques, proper drying and storage methods and basics of making vinegars, syrups, pestos, etc. Know what supplies to have on hand before you are blessed with baskets and buckets of your favorite flowers, berries and herbs. Abundant handouts, recipes and take home goodies will be provided. Roll up your sleeves…we’re going to work this one! Wed. Sept. 11, 6-8pm. Cost: $30

Winter Health~ Preventive Care and Comfort Measures:   Learn how to build strong immune health before the cold and flu season hits by incorporating simple preventive measures, utilizing tonic herbs and stocking up on nutritious foods in the kitchen. We’ll also discuss what to have on hand for acute symptoms of a cold and comfort measure for fever, coughs and sniffles. An additional emphasis on children’s health will be included. Abundant handouts and hot tea will be provided. Wed. Oct. 2, 6-8pm. Cost: $30

Susan Hess is a 1996 graduate of the prestigious Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine’s 2-year Herbal Practitioner’s Program in Washington, NJ. (Currently called David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies.) She has also completed the schools 1-year Graduate program and studied extensively with director and ethnobotanist, David Winston AHG (Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild). In the past 15 years she has used her skills and training in the natural food industry and as a sales associate for Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. of Washington, NJ.  Susan is qualified to consult with practitioners, retail stores and private individuals on the proper uses of medicinal herbal products. In 2000, Susan completed a clinical training at the Wellsprings Centre for Natural Healing in Fairfield, Connecticut with noted herbalists, Donald Yance, MH, CN, AHG (author of best-selling “Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer”) and Chanchal Cabrera, MINMH, AHG. She has also completed one year of apprentice studies with Jennifer Tucker, a well-known herbalist and author from Spring Mills, PA. To keep abreast of current herbal information, Susan regularly attends conferences and lectures throughout the Northeast.

 

We are delighted that herbalist Susan Hess of Farm at Coventry is returning to Blooming Glen Farm this season.  From May to October she will teach a wonderful variety of herbal classes, as well as her very popular cheese-making class.

Susan Hess is a therapeutic herbalist, educator and proprietress of Farm at Coventry’s handcrafted herbal product line since 1997. Susan teaches a 9-month course at her homestead in Chester County, entitled “Homestead Herbalism”, now in its tenth season.

Below you will find the class descriptions and dates for the classes that Susan Hess will be holding at Blooming Glen Farm this season. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master herbalist. You will be surprised at the many things that you can easily integrate into your own life, from first aid to wellness remedies, using both cultivated and wild herbs. You may sign up for as little as one class, or all seven, it’s up to you! (**If you do decide to sign up for all seven of the classes, one class will be free of charge!) Pre-registration (with payment) is required. To register, please click here. Registration is through Susan’s website: FarmatCoventry.com.

Dreaming the Herbal Garden: Make your dreams of an herb garden a reality this year!  Organizing a plan on paper; site preparation; seeds or transplants?; friends and invaders of the herb garden; container gardening; companion planting and more! Plenty of handouts and inspiration for following your herbal dreams! Wed. May 23, 6pm. Cost: $30

Soft Cheesemaking: It’s easy to make soft cheeses using farm fresh cow or goat milk and culture!  Unlike cheeses that need to be aged and carefully tended for months, fresh cheeses are ready to eat within a day and can be easily incorporated into any kitchen routine using basic kitchen equipment. Susan will demonstrate the simple step-by-step processes of making a soft cheese such as Chevre or Fromage Blanc and at the end of class we will sample a variety of cheeses. Instructional handouts, a resource list and one packet of culture is included in the cost of the class. Additional supplies will be available for purchase. Register early…this class has been wildly popular! Wed. June 27, 6pm. Cost: $30

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: Keep your family healthy and comfortable the natural way! Discussion of gathering supplies for a natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit, quick home remedies using common kitchen ingredients and relief for stings, burns, tummy troubles, etc. As always, abundant handouts will be provided. Wed. July 11, 6pm. Cost: $30

Art and Craft of Topical Remedies: Understanding that the skin is the largest organ system in the body helps us to utilize herbs in ways that don’t always require ingesting them! This presentation will specifically focus on the craft of topical applications: from green plant poultices to warm tea compresses, plasters, liniments and more. Demonstrations accompanied by plenty of handouts. Wed. July 25, 6pm. Cost: $30

Infused Oils and Salve Making: Learn the time-tested secrets to making beautiful, consistently concentrated herb infused oils for creating your own homemade salves, massage oils and liniments. Susan will discuss the step by step process of making great herb infused oils and utilizing a wide variety of herbs. We’ll finish by making simple salves with the class. Participants will receive take home goodies and handouts. Additional supplies will be available for purchase to make your own at home! Wed. August 22, 6pm. Cost: $30

Preserving the Herbal Harvest: Join lively discussion and hands-on demonstrations of the many techniques for preserving the herbal harvest. Topics will include: proper harvesting techniques, proper drying and storage methods and basics of making vinegars, syrups, pestos, etc. Know what supplies to have on hand before you are blessed with baskets and buckets of your favorite flowers, berries and herbs. Abundant handouts, recipes and take home goodies will be provided. Roll up your sleeves…we’re going to work this one! Wed. Sept. 12, 6pm. Cost: $30

Winter Health~ Preventive Care and Comfort Measures:   Learn how to build strong immune health before the cold and flu season hits by incorporating simple preventive measures, utilizing tonic herbs and stocking up on nutritious foods in the kitchen. We’ll also discuss what to have on hand for acute symptoms of a cold and comfort measure for fever, coughs and sniffles. An additional emphasis on children’s health will be included. Abundant handouts and hot tea will be provided. Wed. Oct. 3, 6pm. Cost: $30

For more information about Susan, the ‘Farm at Coventry’ herbal product line, ‘Homestead Herbalism’ first and second year courses on the farm and 2012 Herbal Hands workshops please visit www.FarmatCoventry.com. To register for these classes at Blooming Glen Farm, click here. Pre-registration, with payment, is required. Contact Susan directly if you would like to register for all seven classes, and receive one for free. Questions? Please call Susan at 610-587-7301 or email farmatcoventry@aol.com

Susan Hess is a 1996 graduate of the prestigious Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine’s 2-year Herbal Practitioner’s Program in Washington, NJ. (Currently called David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies.) She has also completed the schools 1-year Graduate program and studied extensively with director and ethnobotanist, David Winston AHG (Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild). In the past 15 years she has used her skills and training in the natural food industry and as a sales associate for Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. of Washington, NJ.  Susan is qualified to consult with practitioners, retail stores and private individuals on the proper uses of medicinal herbal products. In 2000, Susan completed a clinical training at the Wellsprings Centre for Natural Healing in Fairfield, Connecticut with noted herbalists, Donald Yance, MH, CN, AHG (author of best-selling “Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer”) and Chanchal Cabrera, MINMH, AHG. She has also completed one year of apprentice studies with Jennifer Tucker, a well-known herbalist and author from Spring Mills, PA. To keep abreast of current herbal information, Susan regularly attends conferences and lectures throughout the Northeast.

 

Join local food blogger, canning instructor and cookbook author Marisa McClellan of Food In Jars at Blooming Glen Farm on Saturday, May 19 at 10 am for a Strawberry Vanilla Jam canning class.

Whether you’ve been thinking about learning to can or you’re well-versed in the ways of homemade jam, this class is for you. In this two-hour class (10am to noon), Marisa will walk you through the basics of boiling water bath canning. The class will include information on food safety, best canning practices, recommendations on how to store your newly canned goods and much more.

You’ll learn to make Strawberry Vanilla Jam, and will go home with small jar of the jam, as well as a printout of the recipe. It’s the perfect class for beginner and intermediate canners as there will be plenty of time to have all your food preservation questions answered.

Marisa’s first cookbook, called Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round, will be published by Running Press in May 2012. It is currently available for pre-order from a number of booksellers.

This canning class costs $50 per person. Pre-registration is required. Please go to this eventbrite link to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3251891495

If you have questions, email Marisa at foodinjars@gmail.com.
Strawberry Jam Photo courtesy of Marisa.

We are so excited to announce that Therapeutic Herbalist,  Susan Hess, will be packing up her informative herbal foundation course normally held at her beautiful farm — Farm at Coventry — and bringing it to Blooming Glen Farm this spring! In a first- time, condensed ‘unplugged’ six month version of Susan’s popular nine month course, we will explore basic herb knowledge suitable for a broad range of culinary, craft and health uses utilizing wild and cultivated plants!

This is a special and rare opportunity to participate in Susan’s popular herbalism program close to home, so don’t miss out!

Class in session at Farm at Coventry

Topics will include: Practical planting, harvesting and drying methods, basics of making simple home remedies and identifying useful and edible wild weeds.  Simple overviews of herbs for digestive system, nervous system and immune system health with a fall focus on cold and flu season remedies will be covered. Basic natural first aid will also be discussed as well as any specific student suggestions.

A large three ring binder will be provided the first day of class and abundant informative handouts, recipes and specific herb profiles will be handed out monthly.

Join us one Sunday per month for six months April – September

Dates: April 3~May 1~June 5~July10~August 7~September 11

10:00 -3:00 PM,  one hour lunch break

Please bring bagged lunch ~ Herbal beverages and snacks will be provided

Dress appropriately for weather! We will be outside and in the garden shed!

Tuition:

Paid in full before April 3rd -$500

Payment plan: $150 deposit before April 3rd ~ followed by 3 payments of $150 Note: Minimal supplies fees may be added on take-home project days

Space is limited so sign up now!

To register mail payment to Susan:

Make checks payable to ‘Farm at Coventry’ 1333 Ridge Road Pottstown, PA 19465

For more information about Susan, the ‘Farm at Coventry’ herbal product line, ‘Homestead Herbalism’ first and second year courses on the farm and 2011 Herbal Hands workshops please visit www.FarmatCoventry.com

Questions? Please call Susan at 610-469-9591 or email farmatcoventry@aol.com