We love to see what our farm and ranch stay members are
up to. Today's guest blog post comes from Krista Arias of
Tierra Soul Urban Farm Guesthouse in Portland,
Oregon. We were recently chatting about canning and other
food-related activities, and Krista shared this information about
her Folklore Foods Workshop.
Your food shall be your medicine and your medicine shall be
Do you dream of embodying
ancestral culinary wisdom for feeding your growing family nutrient
dense, traditional, sacred and healing foods?
You want to find
your own culinary rhythm that resonates with ancestral culinary
wisdom. You are committed to nourishing your growing family and
want to get clear about what traditional, nutrient dense, sacred
and healing foods are and how to prepare them properly. You want to
know the history and lore behind food and see it as a central part
of your connection to yourself, to others, and to the earth. You
have an inkling that the act of eating itself is ceremonial and
want to embody that knowing more. You want the very best for your
But, right now the thought of changing your family's eating
habits seems like a major intimidating hassle.
I mean, how do you
even know if a particular new fangled program will
actually help you and your family. There is soooo much information
out there its hard to know what's true unless you're a scientist.
No matter how hard you try you are still feeling lousy! OR maybe
you feel great but it is soooo darn expensive to keep everyone on
all those special supplements, remedies, and treatments, or maybe
you just can't find a good rhythm with your busy life, or perhaps
you are wanting to increase your fertility, or maybe your child (or
aging mother) has chronic illness of some sort and you want to get
to the root, or maybe you just have an intuition that something
isn't quite right and you want more radiant living. Whatever it is,
you'll find a simple safe and advice-free space to explore
traditional healing foods for you and your family.
I know how it feels:
I discovered Sally
Fallon's Nourishing Traditions 6 years ago when my first
daughter was six months old. I was walking home from the park and
had an epiphany, Oh
Goodness, I am responsible for this life. Right there and then
I made a vow to spend some time figuring out what I really truly
thought was the best diet for my child. Well, I got to work right
away, but my search didn't last long. The first book I read was
Nourishing Traditions, and I immediately and with complete
certainty knew it was right. And I wanted all the
other earth mamas to
know about it too!
That's why I created Folklore Foods.
Yes, I am a bit of
a Traditional Foods zealot, but it's also been over 6 years and
I've mellowed into a healthy 80/20 mama (that's: by the book 80% of
the time and free-for-all, with a few no-no-never exceptions,
the remaining 20% of the time). That very day I began my own
bootcamp starting with Chapter 1 of the Good Book (Nourishing
Traditions) and taught myself the Traditional Foods basics from
cultured milk and kefir to liver paté and fermented veggies, from A
to Z I learned it... and along the way, since I am a housewife
these days (not the Food Cart Chef of my
past life), I also worked hard to simplify as many processes as I
I also spent
considerable time learning about Farming and Permaculture and
connecting Sally Fallon's recipes to Stories and Myths from around
the world, to local and global folklore.
What you'll get in Folklore Foods:
- 6 virtual DIY classes of 2 hours each (or 4 days LIVE at Tierra
Soul if you do the LIVE version)
- Notes and recipes for what we make in class
- Invitation to a special Facebook group for Folklore
- Email access to me for 2 months during the class.
What you will come away with:
- All the basics
required to make the shift away from processed food toward the
rewarding rhythms of nutrient-dense, bio-available and deeply
- An overview of the Nutritional
Science behind why these foods are so perennially
- A start to finding your own nourishing culinary rhythm
that will feed, not drain, you.
- The basic hands-on knowledge of Sacred Food
- Stories and
Rituals to add depth and meaning to your daily and
What to expect:
- Raw & Cultured
Milk: Pros and Cons of Raw milk, keeping it safe, Lazy
Lady Yogurt, Kefir, creme fraische, cream cheese, whey and
- Cultured Vegetables:
Science of Kitchen Kulturing, Sauerkraut, Spicy Carrots, ginger
carrots, lacto-fermented pickles.
- Fermented Grains: Lower
gluten content of your grains to protect your family from gluten
intolerance, increase bio-availability of nutrients in grain,
discover the incredible balm of grinding and loving your grains!
Yogurt Dough, Injera, pancakes and non-horrible-for-your-body
- Traditional Fats: Learn
the value of traditional fats and why they were considered sacred
in traditional cultures. Learn which ones to use for what kinds of
tasks. Butter, Cream, Tallow and Lard here we come.
- Bone Stock: Every
healthy culture used either dairy products OR bone stocks for
adequate mineral intake. Learn how to make fish, chicken and beef
bone stock and get ideas of how to incorporate stock into your
culinary rhythm. Also: The Why, but more
importantly, the "HOW" to get those organ meats to have a not-disgusting taste! Paté,
meatballs, raw liver smoothies and more.
- Traditional Sodas:
Refreshing, vitamin / mineral rich, and highly bio-available,
lacto-fermented sodas are fun to make. And your family will love
them more than juice or cola!!!
You can do it!
It doesn't matter
how sick you feel, or how bad of a rut you've gotten into. It
doesn't even matter if you're too busy to contemplate spending more
time in the kitchen. I have spent much of my time in creating this
program planning for YOU, busy mama! We will start with the basics
- simplified, and move through all the most important sections of
the book. I have pre-digested all the information, practiced with,
and on, myself, and my family, and perfected a way for you to have
the success and joy I've had bringing sacred foods into your
everyday life. I
Who Folklore Foods is for:
- Mamas and Papas who want to feed themselves and their family
the very best!
- Expectant parents wanting to build fertility and a healthy
- Anyone wanting to learn the art and science of Traditional
What Folklore Foods is NOT for:
- People wanting a
hardcore guilt-ridden self-deprivation diet: Traditional
people enjoyed their food and its place in community and connection
to the earth. Let's do that too!!!
- People looking for
an overnight solution: Like all real transformation,
changing your foodways takes time. What I can promise is that as you
implement a new relationship to food you can gain a wonderful
rhythm that nourishes you and your family rather than a food plan
that takes a lot of time and money and drains you!
- People who can't
make a basic time commitment: You will need AT LEAST one
hour a day devoted to the kitchen. If this is too much, then this
might not be the right time or place for you.
Visit our website to get started! To sign up,
scroll to the bottom of the page, and choose the DIY option, or the
on-site LIVE option.