Alewyfe Farm offers small-group workshops and private classes and consultation services, in your space or ours! Come and get hands-on instruction in brewing, cooking, canning, gardening, fermentation, food preservation, soapmaking, worm composting, and more! Email me at alewyfe(at)gmail.com for more information or to schedule a class. I have a BA in Culinary Arts, and have cooked in high-end restaurants, catering companies, and have studied food and fermentation for years. The fella has been brewing extensively on various home-made home-scale systems and friend’s pilot brewery and home systems for over ten years… if he doesn’t know it or hasn’t seen it, he can figure it out!
Class pricing is subject to change (if you’d like to take a class but the cost is prohibitive, email us about sliding-scale or possible work-trade… trust us, we know what it’s like to be on a tight budget!). We are open to barter, especially for skilled labor! Are you a pro with pvc? A crackshot with copper pipe and a successful solder slinger? Do you moonlight putting in standing-seam metal roofing, or have a tree-trimming crane? Like installing windows in your spare time? AND you’ve always wanted to brew your own beer, be a better cook, make your own natural bodycare products, or grow and can food for your family? We can work something out. :-)
We will be adding new classes and experiences all the time, so check back often for updates, or tell us what you’d like to learn!
Current Classes(offered by request, may be subject to seasonal availability):
Apples to Applesauce: A basic introduction to the water-bath canning technique, we’ll process fresh local apples into delicious homemade applesauce using basic equipment you probably already have in your home kitchen! Participants will leave this hands-on class with a couple jars of their home-canned sauce, recipes, and the confidence to can fresh seasonal fruits safely and deliciously!
One to two hour class, $45 individuals, $65 couples, $25 per person, groups of 3 to 6 participants. Offered at our studio in Garfield Park, at The Plant in Back-of-the-Yards, or possibly at your city home (additional travel fee may apply depending on location). A limited number of copies of the Ball Blue Book food preservation guide also available for purchase for $8 to workshop participants.
Basic Brewing: Always wanted to brew your own beer but were intimidated by the process, gadgets, or those know-it-all dudes at your local brew shop? Fear not, if you can boil water, you can make extract-beer. For a small equipment investment and armed with a bit of knowledge, you can drink better, save money. develop your own recipes or just put your own twist on a kit beer. Because nothing beats saying to your friends… “Would you like a beer? I made it myself.”
We’ll walk you through a basic kit or extract-brewing session using simple equipment. There will be lots of time to answer your questions and even sample some homebrew! Allow 3-4 hours for this class…
$75, Brew-Demo Only for one to three people.
$200, Make and Take class: brew demo for one to three people, then you get to pitch the yeast on the wort (don’t worry, that will make sense after the class) and take home a brand new fermentation bucket full of five gallons of future-beer and instructions for bottling it!
Intermediate Brewing: Partial-mash brewing class, coming soon!
Advanced Brewing: All-day, all-grain brewing boot camp. Coming soon!
Indoor Composting with Red Wiggler Worms: Build a worm bin with us that you get to take home fully stocked with a pound of composting worms and paper bedding, and see working worm bins in action. Ask any and all of your composting questions and get follow-up support!
$50 per bin for singles, couples, or small groups (extra charge for multiple bins).
Soapmaking: Coming soon!
Fizz Fizz! Bath Bomb Workshop: Coming soon!
Our Daily Bread: Basic whole-grain baking, starting with freshly milled whole grains. We’ll demonstrate a hand and electric mill, talk about different types of grains, and bake a no-knead and a standard loaf of wheat bread. You’ll go home with recipes and a loaf of your first home-made bread! $40 singles or couples. $25 each for three to five participants.
Home Dairy I: Yogurt and Ricotta Cheese: Coming soon!
Home Dairy II: Intro to Hard Cheeses: Coming soon!
The Vegan Dairy: Simple Soymilk, Tofu, and Okara: coming soon!