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; $195

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Next Class:

Saturday 3 Sept 2016 – Class Full
Saturday 10 Sept 2016 – Class Full
Saturday 8 Oct 2016 – Class Full
Saturday 22 Oct 2016 – Class Full
Thursday 27 Oct 2016 – Class Full
Saturday 5 Nov 2016 – Class Full
Thurs 17 Nov 2016 – NEW! Book here
Saturday 19 Nov 2016 – Class Full
Thursday 24 Nov 2016 – Class Full
Saturday 26 Nov 2016 – Class Full
Thurs 8 Dec 2016 – One spot left

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 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; $195

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Next Class:

Saturday 24 Sept 2016 – Class Full
Thursday 1 Dec 2016 – BOOK HERE

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:

Saturday 29 October – BOOK HERE

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 3 Dec 2016 – BOOK HERE
Sat 10 Dec 2016 – BOOK HERE

 Home Dairy & 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 yoghurt, cultured butter, labneh, sour cream, ricotta, ghee and goats milk feta. We’ll start the day with morning tea and then a tour of the farm. Then we’ll gather together to make lots of delicious home 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; $195.

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More dates coming soon!

Creating a Wholefoods Kitchen

In this afternoon workshop we’ll be exploring the journey to a kitchen and pantry humming with whole foods goodness. We’ll be working on the practical steps to remove processed and packaged foods from your life and replace them with nutritious (and sensible) alternatives. What does a whole foods pantry, fridge and freezer look like? What’s a practical way to organise your whole foods pantry? What are some of the basics that would be reasonable to make every week? Is it going to cost me more, and what about the time preparing food from scratch takes? Places limited to 20; $75

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Next Class:

Sunday 23 Oct 2016 – BOOK HERE

Herbs for Tea & Medicine

This afternoon workshop, conducted by local naturopath Fiona Hoptmann, 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 20; $75

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Next Class:

Sunday 30 Oct 2016 – BOOK HERE

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:

Next class will be in the first half of 2017 – please join the newsletter for updates

Nourishing Kids

Nourishing kids is an afternoon workshop designed to provide you with the principles, ideas and a positive approach to feeding your children real, whole foods. The processed foods found in our supermarkets today are mostly full of sugar, salt and additives, with little resemblance to the ‘real food’ that small people need to nourish their growing bodies and minds!

We will be exploring the practical side of nourishing young children through to teenagers, communicating the importance of eating whole foods, how to engage fussy eaters, ideas for making breakfasts, lunch boxes, after-school snacks and dinners more attractive and less of a chore. Places limited to 20; $75

Next Class:

Next class will be in the first half of 2017 – please join the newsletter for updates