June 5-9, 2017
Faculty: Jereme Zimmerman
Join the wild mead movement! In this five day intensive course, students will learn how to make honey-based fermented beverages—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic—with techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its incredible effects. Using a small-scale approach suited to both homestead mazers and aspiring beverage entrepreneurs, students will learn the simplicity of fermenting their own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey and ingredients harvested from the wild or their own gardens. This hands-on class features a woodland walk to gather wild edible botanicals, a session on preparing and caring for a wild mead starter, and opportunities for students to use their starters to prepare a variety of traditional and creative honey-based beverages. Interactive explorations of the history and mythology behind mead are interspersed throughout the course, providing context and connection. Students will also enjoy their mead like the Vikings through participation in Viking-era games and experiments with culinary uses of mead. The course culminates with a trip to a Vermont meadery and mead hall for a discussion of commercial mead making, behind-the-scenes tour, mead tasting, and feast of traditional Scandinavian foods. Though this course emphasizes wildcrafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, it also covers modern commercial mead-making practices; we will also touch on tips for producing and sourcing quality honey.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: Students must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the course.
Tuition & Fees: $1250 covers the cost of the instruction, field trips, most course materials, three meals per day from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen, and ground transportation between class locations. Not included are airport transfers or accommodations; please let us know if we can assist you with finding or providing these.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60 per night with a private bathroom and $50 per night with shared bathroom access. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic, dormitory-style housing that is clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. Please visit our accommodations page for more options.
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Faculty Bio: Jereme Zimmerman grew up and was homeschooled on a northern Kentucky goat farm. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. He now lives once again in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He collaborates regularly with other homesteading, permaculture, sustainable living, and local food advocates in Berea and beyond to sustain a vibrant, healthy community. Zimmerman writes and speaks regularly on fermentation, modern homesteading and good eating. He is a frequent contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer, Backwoods Home, Hobby Farms and Earthineer.com (as “RedHeadedYeti”). He is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking (Chelsea Green, 2015). Learn more about his work at http://www.jereme-zimmerman.com/.