Handcrafting! Series - The Arboretum
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Saturday, July 14; 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Handcrafting! Series

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Instructor: Brie Wakeland
10:00am – 12:00pm
$35 Arboretum members
$45 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Join Brie Wakeland, as she teaches you how create a variety of handcrafted items for your home.  From Kombucha to hand salves, Brie will demonstrate techniques that enable you to add a flourish to your food’s flavors, improve nutrient content, reduce your household waste, and help soothe body and mind.

Brie Wakeland recently returned from the Sandor Katz Fermentation Residency Program in Liberty, TN. She is a Certified Instructor for Slow Food Preservers LA, UCCE Master Gardeners, and is also a certified yoga instructor, and traditional sign painter.  She works during the school year teaching yoga, food preservation, gardening and culinary arts lessons to children and adults throughout the LA area.

January 12, 2018 – Hand Salves
Perfect for any gardener, make a soothing gift for yourself or others. This workshop will focus on making natural hand salves using a variety of natural oils and wax. We will discuss essential oils and their benefits, so that participants can best customize their hand salve’s aroma and usage. Workshop includes recipes and one tin of hand salve.

February 9, 2018 – Tempeh
If you like store bought tempeh, just wait until you try it homemade. In this workshop, participants will learn how to safely ferment tempeh at home using a starter culture. Tempeh, like all ferments, takes some time; this workshop will showcase the tempeh making process at different stages in the fermentation process, so that you will know what to expect when making tempeh at home. Each participant will sample various styles of tempeh and prepare their own portion of tempeh to take home and ferment.

March 9, 2018 – Lacto-fermented Mushrooms & Nut Cheese
Taste and learn how to lacto-ferment mushrooms! You will also get to sample and learn how to ferment various nut cheeses. Come to class with an appetite! You won’t be disappointed by the wonderful world of nut cheeses and lacto-fermentation.

April 13, 2018 – Kombucha & Other Natural Sodas
Sample and learn how to brew and bottle kombucha and other natural drinks, such as jun, shrubs, tepache, traditional too beer, and more. Making these styles of drinks at home is richly rewarding and economical compared to store bought drinks. Kombucha scobys will be available on a first come first serve basis.

May 11, 2018 – Apple Pie in a Jar
Create a perfect gift for the holidays. Come learn and sample how to make apple pie filling in a jar using the steam canning method. Steam canning is easy, versatile, and can be used to safely can numerous types of fruits and vegetables. We’ll finish off the class with a jar decorating breakout session.

June 8, 2018 – Mead
Sample and learn how to ferment and rack mead at home. This class will cover everything you need to know in order to start making delicious honey wine at home. In addition, we’ll sample and discuss how to make homemade vinegars.


$35 Arboretum members
$45 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

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Cancellation & Refund Policy
The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. There are no refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the start of the class. For all other cancellations, your payment will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee.

Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

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