UPDATED! – Learn from the Masters with Gold Package Workshops at the Good Food Festival

March 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm

UPDATE! – You have until Friday, 5 PM to use our Local Beet discount code to gain a 40% discount for the Gold Packages described below.   Scroll down for code!

In just a few weeks, our friends at FamilyFarmed will put on another Good Food Festival.  The event runs from March 15-17, but we want to let you in on some special happenings on the “consumer day”, Saturday, March 17.  On this day, you have the chance to purchase a special package to get in depth exposure to permaculture, preserving food, butchering, or our blossoming urban agriculture scene.

On Saturday, the Good Food Festival allows you the ability to savor and sniff the products of farmers and makers of local food products, but it also allows you the chance to get hand’s on training with some of the area’s most talented and knowledgeable foodies, artisans and experts.  As part of the Festival, you can attend “Master Workshops” by purchasing  a Gold Package workshop which includes entrance to the rest of Saturdays events.  This package gets you the specialized learning needed in the arts to eat local.  Gold Package buyers will have a choice of Permaculture, Preserving Food, Butchering or an option to have a curated tour of urban farming in Chicago. These workshops will provide special access and quality time with experts in their fields, time to asks tons of questions and hands on instruction for those who are trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible in any of these areas.

The Permaculture workshop includes learning the techniques of garden design and implementation using nature’s design, presented by respected permaculture instructor, Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. Bill is co-founder of Midwest Permaculture with his wife/partner Rebecca Wilson.  Together they have hosted over 30 permaculture trainings in the last 5 years. Bill holds two Permaculture Design Certificates and two Advanced Permaculture Certificates, one in Design and the other in Teaching. He has a gift for explaining permaculture in a clear and understandable manner as attested to by many of his students. As a younger man, Bill cut his teeth in farming when he started a ‘pick-your-own’ berry business in Kentucky and has since been gardening and exploring the many facets of permaculture. This Master Workshop runs from 9am to noon and the Gold Pass provides access to all of the main events on Saturday.

Butchering and Sausage Making Master Workshop will take an in depth look at breaking down and making sausage from a hog, with The Butcher & Larder’s Rob Levitt, John Louis Slagel of Slagel Family Farm and Christopher  Koetke from Kendall College acting as moderator. Rob’s Butchering classes at the Butcher and Larder are sought out by everyone who wants to learn the art of butchering, and these classes sell out right away.  This is a chance for anyone wanting to learn the techniques of butchering and sausage making from a master.

Preserving Food: A Four-Season Master Plan with David Cavagnaro of Seed Savers Exchange is workshop option number 3. This Master Workshop focusing on Preserving includes a moderated discussion including David Cavagnaro, of Seed Savers Exchange, Zvi Bar Chaim and Lis David of Scratch Homemade,  Zak Dolezal of Duke’s Alehouse, Jennifer Downing of Nourish Cooking School, Megan Larmer of Slow Food Chicago, Vicki Nowicki of  The Land Office is the moderator. Preserving is one of the key links to extend local eating into the winter and the recent Slow Food Chicago canning workshop sold out quickly at Logan Square Kitchen, so this master workshop will probably sell out as well.

Finally, the fourth workshop option for the morning is not a workshop but an offsite curated bus tour of urban farming in Chicago. The morning will include an urban and vertical farming bus tour of Windy City Harvest at Chicago Botanic Garden, Wood St. and Honore St. Farms of Growing Home, Iron Street Farm of Growing Power and a tour of the very cool new facility The Plant. The tour will be moderated by Dan Schnitzer of The Academy of Global Citizenship.

To secure a spot in one of these select workshops go here for reservations. Pay attention to the Local Beets Twitter stream and Facebook for additional information. Newsflash! Use Local Beet code gfflocalbeet when you register and get a 20 % discount off of the online price which also represents 40% off of the door price.