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CHEESE MOLDING AND PRESERVATION
WHEN: Monday, July 14 | 3:00pm-5:30pm
COST: $50 per person
CLASS DURATION: 2.5 hours
Bonnyclabber Cheese™ founder Rona Myers Sullivan of Sullivan’s Pond Farm, will offer a workshop covering the basics of fresh cheese molding, and their care with preservation techniques. You will see how to preserve with herbs, leaf wrappings, cloth bandaging, ash making and coating, and beeswaxing. Learn about culinary-safe leaf wrapping options and how she macerates them in Virginia spirits. Rona will share the secrets of her beeswaxing technique and appliques, and demonstrate how you can make your own grapevine ash in a retort on a grill. Bonnyclabber curds take a couple of days to prepare, so they’ll be ready before class for her ‘up close and personal’ demonstrations.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Rona Myers Sullivan was born in Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where first began her interest in heritage artisanal and agricultural skills. Rona studied music in Chicago, and Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, where she met her husband of 25 years, Tim Sullivan. In the early 90s, her focus turned to organic growing and backyard habitats, and in 1998 she began garnering blue ribbons for her art and products made from purchased goats milk. The Sullivan’s began with just four dairy goats in 1999, purchasing their little farmstead on the Chesapeake Bay a year later. Their Grade A micro-dairy was completed in 2003 in a simple 12X24 building of their own design.
Rona is writing a book about the Sullivan’s sustainable dairying experience, as well as contributing articles for publications such as the Dairy Goat Journal, and is adding an educational space for agri-tourism at Sullivan’s Pond Farm.
NATURAL PEST CONTROL
WHEN: Saturday, June 16 | 10am-12pm
COST: $40 per person
CLASS DURATION: 2 hours
Controlling Pests and Attracting Beneficials Naturally:
Nature truly is the best pest control if your garden has a diverse environment. Learn how to identify pests and treat pest problems without harming the healthy plants and helpful insects. Discover what to plant to attract natural predators and pollinators to your garden. Finally, learn how to create natural fertilizers from ingredients you can grow yourself!
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Gina Foresta has been growing edible gardens for over ten years. She is a garden consultant, garden coordinator and garden sitter for vacationing families. She has been an elementary school garden coordinator and sustainability education advocate for nine years and has managed two restaurant gardens in the Virginia Beach community. As a local food advocate she is dedicated to guiding others to create their own gardens for bountiful homegrown harvests.