Cooking and Gardening Classes: July 2013

WILD FERMENTATIONS Wednesday, July 10, 5:30-7:30pm

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 W. Allen St.

Join Kayte Young and Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard to explore the exciting world of lacto-fermented foods. We'll do an in-class demonstration transforming fresh seasonal produce into delicious and nutritious probiotic foods.

We'll also discuss basic methods for making delicacies such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and yogurt in your own home.

$8 in city/ $9 out of city

Register by July 8 at or call 812-349-3700.

The book shown here is one of several on the topic of lacto-fermented foods.



RENAISSANCE FARM TOUR   Tuesday, July 16, 6pm

Meet at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard at 1100 W. Allen, 5:40pm, to carpool

Join MHC to tour Bloomington’s own Permaculture center and Farm. Keith Johnson and Peter Bane have been developing a 4.5 year old, 2/3 Acre micro-farm forest garden with more than 50 fruit trees, lots of berries, bees, a large greenhouse, 10,000 gallon water tank with attached root cellar, ponds, solar photovoltaic panels, 100s of species, and much more. Peter and Keith teach permaculture, offer design / consulting services and publish the Permaculture Activist magazine, now in its 25th year.

This class is open to the public, with priority given to MHC patrons and volunteers. If there are additional spots 2 weeks before the class, community members may sign up on a first come first serve basis. Donations suggested if possible.

To register for this class contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 339-5887x200.



Saturday, July 27, 2-4pm

Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave. in Winslow Woods Park adjacent to the Willie Streeter Community Garden and the YMCA

Learn how to improve soil before planting and how to maintain its fertility and structure after planting. Fruit trees thrive in soils that are well-balanced in nutrient content with appropriate pH and a high cation exchange capacity (CEC). They benefit from growing in soils with good drainage, good gas exchange capacity, a healthy food web, and fungal dominance.

Ross Gay and H. Michael Simmons teach you how to evaluate soils through testing and how to improve them with rock powders, cover cropping, mulching, and the use of compost and compost tea. The class includes information on nitrogen budgeting for fruit trees and a tour of soil improvement projects in the Bloomington Community Orchard. Rain date is 8/3; participants contacted if use of rain date is necessary.

$7 in city/$9 out of city

Register by July 24 at or call 812-349-3700.