Fermentation Workshop

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Join us to learn to play with our food and create various delicacies through fermentation, both Thai and international.  At Pun Pun we are big fans of fermentation and probiotics in our daily life and have been working with various ingredients for a while now.  Most of these we eat ourselves at the farm and for guests and now we think it would be fun to share on what we’ve learned through so much experimentation!

August 11-14, 2018

Hosted at Pun Pun farm, north of Chiang Mai city about an hour’s drive.

Techniques and Topics:

The whole workshop will be very hands-on and focus on allowing participants to experience every topic themselves.

There is room for some flexibility here in exact recipes and included items but we plan to cover:

  • Making and preparing homemade tempeh
  • Homemade ginger beer
  • Homemade kimchee and other local quick ferments
  • Homemade kefir
  • Homemade cheeses
  • Homemade kombucha
  • Evening microbe/bacteria presentation

Community living:

Evening activities and exchanges will also be included. A large aspect of the course also includes the experience of living in community with other participants as well as entering the community of members living at Pun Pun. We have found this element to be a major contributor in the experience of the course for participants.

LOGISTICS PERTAINING TO THE COURSE

General Schedule

We will have a pick-up for everyone from Chiang Mai city at 10am on the 11th and finish after lunch on the 14th with transport back to the city then.  Morning and afternoon sessions will be held with an extended break after lunch in the hot part of the day.  For those that can not attend the whole 4 days, it’s possible to come for part but we’ll give priority to those who can attend in full.

The Project

The course will be held on our center, which is an organic farm, seed center, and sustainable living learning center in Mae Taeng. We started the farm in 2003 and work to create a seed center to preserve our food biodiversity, grow food organically for ourselves in community and for those who come to stay with us, and host trainings and workshops on ways to convert to more self-reliant, sustainable ways of living.

Teaching team

Various community members from Pun Pun farm

Living situation

We will provide accommodation in one of Pun Pun’s earthen or bamboo guesthouses. A thin futon mat, blanket, sheet, pillow, and mosquito net will be provided.  Accommodation is single rooms, shared rooms and dorms.  All accommodation is simple and in close proximity to each other.  Outdoor toilets and cool or solar hot showers are close to the guesthouses.

All meals will be shared and eaten in the communal kitchen.  Vegetarian and fish options will be available and we will try to use the most organic vegetables as possible from the farm.  Food will be simple Thai food with brown rice.  We try to use as much of our own produce and other seasonally available produce as possible so we tend to focus on a primarily vegetable and whole grain diet with added protein from eggs, fish, or tofu.

4,000 baht/person.  This includes pick-up and drop-off in Chiang Mai on the first and last day of the course, all food during the course, accommodation and instruction.  All proceeds go towards supporting Pun Pun community to grow and continue with our seed center and outreach work.  This course will be kept to around 10 participants to keep it intimate and small.

Registration

1) Email your participant survey to punpuncourses@gmail.com. (see below for details).

2) Once you have sent your participant survey and have been confirmed, a 2,000 baht non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot. Please understand we cannot hold your spot until we receive your deposit.

We ask you transfer this to our Thai account of which we will send you the details.  The remaining fee will be due on the first day of the course in Thai baht or if you chose you may transfer the whole amount beforehand.

For more information

Contact punpuncourses@gmail.com

Pun Pun Participant Survey:

Please write us a short email introducing yourself. Please include where you’re from and a bit on why you want to join the course, what you are hoping to get out of it and how you hope to use it later. This will help us to prepare the program for your needs.

Please also include any special dietary needs causing for any adjustments from the food offered as specified above. Please wait for acceptance before making travel arrangements.

Please send your letter to punpuncourses@gmail.com

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