FROM SCRATCH

This is a hands-on, on-farm cooking experience.
We start by gathering in the farmhouse for morning tea and introductions, and then a walk around the farm, collecting eggs and rhubarb and other seasonal produce we may need. We’ll spend the day in the farm’s commercial kitchen learning how to make sourdough, butter, jam, yoghurt, fermented pickles, the perfect biscuit, delicious crackers and the best and most nutritious chicken bone broth. Morning tea and a two-course thoroughly paddock-to-plate lunch are included and you’ll take home a bag of your sensational handmade food. Places limited to 8; $250

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Next Class:

Sat 25 Nov 2017 – Class Full
Sat 13 Jan 2018 – Class Full
Sat 20 Jan 2018 – 2 spots available
Sat 27 Jan 2018 – Class Full
Sat 10 Feb 2018 – Class Full
Sat 17 Feb 2018 – Class Full
Sat 10 March 2018 – Class Full
Sat 17 March 2018 – Class Full
Sat 7 April – 1 spot available
Sat 14 April – 1 spot available

From Bean to Barista

This is a lovely way of understanding how coffee is grown, processed and roasted. You’ll harvest coffee yourself from our own coffee grove, process the beans and have a go at roasting them. We’ll discuss growing coffee trees, and we’ll do a tasting of coffees from different countries and regions. You’ll take home a small tree in a pot and a bag of roasted coffee. All snacks and a delicious farm lunch are included. Places limited to 14; $150

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Next Class:

Sat 2 Dec 2017 – Class full
Sat 9 Dec 2017 – Class full
Sat 16 Dec 2017 – Class full

Simple Cheesemaking

In this hands on workshop we’ll be exploring the joy and satisfaction of producing wonderful dairy products in your own kitchen. We’ll be making some fresh cheeses: labneh, ricotta, mozzarella and fetta, as well as cultured butter, sour cream, and ghee. We’ll start the day with morning tea and then a tour of the farm. Then we’ll gather to make lots of delicious dairy products, and you’ll leave with the confidence to be able to reproduce them at home. We’ll talk about raw milk and pasteurised milk and sourcing everything you need to make your own home dairy! Places limited to 8; $220.

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Next Class:

Sat 11 Nov 2017 – Class Full

Introduction to Fermentation

In this introductory session we’ll gather for morning tea and chat over delicious baked goods. Then we’ll talk about why fermented foods are so good for our health before we move into how make a variety of fermented foods and drink and how to maintain SCOBYs (mother cultures) in your own kitchen.

We’ll be covering water kefir, dairy kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and brined pickles. You’ll be making a jar of kraut yourself to take home, as well as a jar of pickles. You’ll sample the kefirs and kombucha and can take home all three mother cultures with you so you’re ready to ferment as soon as you get home. We will also provide you with detailed notes and recipes.

The class includes morning tea and a farm lunch made from produce grown and raised at Buena Vista. It also includes a tour of the farm to see the animals and vegetables we grow here. Places limited to 12; $220

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Next Class:

Sat 3 March 2018 – 2 spots available

Chicken Day

Want to learn how to raise and process the best-tasting chicken possible? Join us on a journey to explore the vast differences between pasture-raised chicken and industrially-processed chicken. You’ll learn how to raise meat chickens from day-old, and will participate in a hands-on session on how to respectfully dispatch them. We’ll talk feed, housing, fencing and predators. We’ll talk about using whole birds, best cooking techniques and how to make best use of liver and bones. You’ll take home a pasture-raised bird processed that day. A delicious farm lunch is included.

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Next Class:

Sat 18 Nov 2017 – Class Full

Bikkie Baking

Bikkies are close to Buena Vista Farm’s heart; before we were a farm, we were a small biscuit business! In this delightfully sweet workshop, we’ll be making 6 different delicious bikkies including salted caramel shortbreads, meringues, dark treacle gingerbread, almond biscotti, jam sandwiches and triple choc chunk bikkies.

The day begins with morning tea (and bikkies) and a farm tour, then we’ll take to the commerical kitchen to whip up batches of deliciousness, with a break for a paddock-to-plate farm lunch (all produce grown and raised on the farm!). You’ll take home bags of all the bikkies you make!

Limited to 8 participants, bookings essential; $195 a head.

Next Class:

This class will run again in 2018

Herbs for Tea & Medicine

This hands-on workshop is conducted by local naturopath Fiona Hoptmann, and will focus on the use of fresh and dried herbs in teas, tinctures, infusions and salves for good health. We will discuss growing and preparing different herbal teas and will mix fresh teas ourselves for you to taste and to take home. We’ll visit the Buena Vista herb garden and talk about herbs that you can grow yourself at home and the best part of the plant to use. Places limited to 14. More details soon. 

Next Class:

This class will run again in 2018

CANCELLATIONS:
Please note that all bookings are non-refundable.
If you find you that are unable to attend your booked date and you provide us with 14 days notice, we are happy to transfer you to an alternative class or provide a credit note for a future class.
Without 14 days notice we cannot provide a credit or transfer, but you are extremely welcome to send someone else in your place.