Programs

A simple wooden table nestled between the earth oven and fruiting espalier is the site of many family, friend and community events.

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Spring gathering of friends with food prepared in Nana’s outdoor kitchen.

“Our goal is the silence that settles in when a table full of eaters realizes they are tasting something from the garden, incredibly delicious, fresh and nutritious.” Charlene Murdock

Nana Cardoon offers a full range of programs and classes throughout the year, emphasizing “teaching the teacher” skill building. We hope you will take what you learn here to your own communities. Programs and workshops typically run 3-5 hours and include a vegetarian lunch and beverages with ingredients from the garden whenever the season allows.

The following is an overview of the subjects we plan to cover. New classes will be added to our schedule throughout the year. Check back often or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on programs and classes. We believe in building the soil first so we’ll start there . . .

GARDENING

  • Soil Building – the sciences of the soil
  • Planning for my needs and a row for my neighbor
  • Growing for Nutrient Density
  • Growing to Build a Year-Round Pantry
  • Garden Microclimates
  • Hugelkultur- building a “hill culture”
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Seed Saving

HARVESTING and PRESERVING

  • Canning
  • Drying
  • Fermenting
  • Foraging
  • Freezing

Making fresh ground peanut butter with our new Country Living mill attachment.

COOKING CLASSES with an EMPHASIS on TOOLS FOR SELF SUFFICIENCY

  • Fresh Harvesting
  • Cooking Year-Round from Your Pantry
  • Outdoor Kitchens – a variety of tools and equipment including earth ovens, Rocket Stoves, fermenting vessels, dehydrators and more

 

 

 

HOMESTEADING

  • Basket Weaving
  • Construction of Earth Ovens
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Spoon Carving

FOOD POLICY – “Conversations in the Orchard” – subjects of interest locally, nationally and internationally