Fermentation Residency Program

Fermentation Residency Program

October 29 to November 9, 2014

Liberty, TN

This program will be held at Sandor’s fermentation school at Walnut Ridge, an 1820’s log cabin he and many helpers have been restoring for the past two years.

Over 12 days, we will do a variety of fermentation projects, including:

        Fermenting vegetables

        Alcoholic beverages from seasonal fruits

        Kombucha, kvass, water kefir, mauby, and other sour tonic beverages

        Sourdough, porridges, and beers


Koji and miso

Yogurt and kefir

And any others, based upon the interests of participants.


Participants will have a unique opportunity to begin fermentation projects as a group and see them through to completion, with the benefit of seeing, tasting, and discussing them as they progress. Many of the ferments we will be making repeatedly, with opportunities to try variations. In addition, participants will have access to Sandor’s extensive library of fermentation-related books.

As part of the program, we will visit Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs, TN, and harvest hundreds of pounds of daikon radishes and other vegetables, then use them to fill a 55-gallon wooden barrel with radish kraut.

These workshops are hands-on and participatory. Students share in food preparation and clean-up, and our meals are typically some combination of planned ferments and spontaneous collaborations.

We cannot spend all day in the kitchen. So we will also be gardening, harvesting, foraging, and continuing to restore and improve walnut ridge. Expect to learn new skills beyond fermentation, and come prepared to work hard.

Students will camp unless they make other arrangements. Food is included in the program. Meal preparation and cleanup are participatory.

Cost: Running this fermentation residency program takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money. It includes camping and food and instruction and varied activities. Yet I do not wish to ration space solely on the basis of ability to pay. I request a sliding scale fee of $350-1000 for the 12-day program. Please pay as much as you can afford to. I am open to partial barter or exchange, or willing to consider waiving the fee altogether for people engaged in activism around food justice issues.

We can get people to and from the Nashville airport or bus station (60 miles: $35 each way) or Murfreesboro bus station (25 miles: $25 each way).

Please Note: Sandor and many of his friends are queer. Please do not consider this program unless you feel comfortable around queers and gender-non-conformists.

To apply for the program, copy the following questions into an email, answer them as best you can, and email to sandorkraut@wildfermentation.com. Please be patient. It may take a little time to review applications and respond. Please understand that generally there are many more applicants than we can accept.

Application for Fermentation Residency



City, State, Zip



Describe fermentation experience:

Describe why you want to be part of this residency and what you hope to gain from it:

Is there anything specific you are seeking to learn about?

Describe gardening experience and interests:

Describe construction experience and interests:

Do you like to photograph and/or video record?

Are you active in social media?

Dietary restrictions?

How much can you offer to pay for the program?

What skills or goods can you offer if you are seeking a partial barter or alternative exchange?



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