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Food Preservation Boot Camp Series

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Join us for a two-day beginner food preservation series at Chatfield Farms, taught by four of our popular cooking instructors. Learn the basics of four preservation methods: drying, canning, freezing and fermenting. You can learn how to preserve the summer’s bounty and make the food last through the winter months. All classes are held outside at Chatfield Farms' outdoor kitchen and include recipes, take home items and generous tasting samples!

 

Instructors: Susan Evans, Kathy Lee, Laura Bergh, & Elizabeth Buckingham

Price: $168, $153 member

*Price includes the entire four session series

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

 

Class descriptions:

Drying: Discover the delicious, ancient art of food dehydration. Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried veggies, fruits and herbs.

Boiling Water Bath Canning: Learn the basics for boiling water bath canning, including the needed equipment, food safety and recipes. Participants make two items to take home.

Freezing: The freezer is a very basic way to keep all those lovely edibles through the winter months when you can’t be outside picking fresh peas.

Fermentation: This tasty and informative class discusses the basics of fermentation, its health benefits and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home.

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Boiling Water Bath Canning

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Part II of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Come enjoy an afternoon at Chatfield Farms while learning how to safely and creatively preserve your summer and fall bounties to last you through the winter months! No need to be intimidated by the art of canning any longer!

 

This beginning canning class will teach the new/beginner home canner the basics for boiling water bath canning. We will cover equipment you need, recipe sources, food safety, and we will make 2 different items for your pantry. Generous samples will be provided.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Owner of Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Drying

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Part I of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Discover the delicious, ancient art of food dehydration. Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried veggies, fruits and herbs. Fun and easy to process, compact dried food is perfect for long storage, high nutrient value and concentrated taste. Ideal for camping, school lunches, small storage spaces and quick, tasty meals.

 

We’ll cover the best techniques for preserving flavor and nutrients and how to create your own fruit roll ups, meat jerky, tasty soup blends, healthy snacks and culinary creations from your storehouse of dried fruits, veggies and herbs. Beginner level course, all levels welcome. Recipes and generous tastings provided.

Instructor: Susan Evans, Clinical Herbalist, Chef, & Owner of Chrysalis Herbs

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Fermentation

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Part IV of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Did you know that most of the world’s favorite foods, including bread, cheese, beer, and chocolate involve fermentation? Fermentation is all the rage these days from house made pickles to hot sauce to kombucha to mead; it seems that every locavore worth their salt has a crock of something fermenting in their basement.

Want to get in on the fun? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this tasty and informative beginner-level class where we’ll discuss the basics of fermentation, its health benefits, and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home. Whether you’re interested in fermented pickles, kimchi, kombucha or sauerkraut, this class will have you ready to make your own incredible house made fermented foods! This is a beginner-friendly course. Generous tastings and recipes included.

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham, A Moveable Feast Colorado

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Freezing

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Part III of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Have a rainbow of bounty in your garden? Are you new to preservation? You don’t have to be a canning goddess to embrace your inner ice queen. The freezer is a very basic way to keep all those lovely edibles through the winter months when you can’t be outside picking fresh peas.

Come join us for a look at food preservation at a beginner level and leave the fear or intimidation behind. Come away with some tasty recipes to freeze (think quick combos for stir fry), hand-outs and have some nibbles on us. This is a hands-on class.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh, Owner of Indigo Blooms Botanicals

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

Lavender Garden Tour

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Take a stroll through the new Lavender Garden at Chatfield Farms and learn about the different species and varieties that grow well in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be introduced to different growing methods including growing lavender as a garden perennial, container plant, and agricultural crop. Several other garden features within the Lavender Garden will also be explained, to include the Labyrinth, Rock Garden, Pollinator Perennial Beds and Herb Garden. The tour is led by Angie Jewett, Horticulturist and primary lavender grower on the farm.

 

Instructor: Angie Jewett, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $15, $12 member price

 

Special Instructions: The tour is all outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen!

Ooh La Lavender

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!

Spend the morning learning from Chatfield Farms’ Horticulturist Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. She will demonstrate how to grow lavender from propagation to planting to harvest and will discuss winter care and pests and diseases. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.

Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.

 

Instructors: Angie Jewett & Susan Evans

Price: $67, $62 members

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

The Encore Series - Fall Habitat Hero Garden Tour (Chatfield Farms)

2016 Bonfils Stanton Series will feature an Encore Series full of favorite workshops and tours from years past. The series will highlight the most popular programs and offer them once again. Hurry! These programs sold out quickly the first time around and are likely to do so again.

 

Join Lauren Springer Ogden as she discusses her design process with an emphasis on native plants that are important to many insects and birds. This is a wonderful opportunity for an up-close tour with one of the country’s leading garden designers!

 

$20, $18 member

The Encore Series - John Fielder Photography Workshop (Chatfield Farms)

2016 Bonfils Stanton Series will feature an Encore Series full of favorite workshops and tours from years past. The series will highlight the most popular programs and offer them once again. Hurry! These programs sold out quickly the first time around and are likely to do so again.

 

$395 Public

 

This is your opportunity to learn about landscape photography directly from John Fielder. Find out how he creates award-winning images and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature. The workshop includes a slide show lecture, discussion on the most important tools you need and four hours out in the fields of Chatfield Farms and/or Roxborough State Park with Fielder. Appropriate for all levels of photographers, beginner to advanced.

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