Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation Workshop – November 11 & 12, 2017 – Sold out – please email to be put on waiting list
Learn how to inoculate logs and grow tasty and highly nutritious shiitake mushrooms in your own backyard. We’ll be offering the same workshop two days in a row, on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. You can sign up for one of either days. The cost is $70 and includes a hot lunch of shiitake quiche, and you get to take one freshly inoculated log home with you. Each workshop will run from 9am to approximately 4pm.
What to expect: We’ll start the day by visiting our mushroom yard in the forest and learning how we cultivate shiitake mushrooms at Ferme et Forêt. Then we’ll warm up with a walk through the woods to the logs that have already been cut, and carry them out to the road, where our truck can bring them to the inoculation site. The rest of the day will be spent inoculating the logs. The tasks are drilling holes in the logs, stuffing inoculant into the holes, capping the holes with hot wax, and moving the finished logs to the resting area. We’ll rotate tasks so we all get to try everything. We’ll take an hour break for lunch, when we can go inside to warm up and eat and get hot drinks.
At the end of the day we should have about 60 logs inoculated and stacked to rest for a year before they can be fruited. Expect to get about 3/4 of a pound of mushrooms per year from the log you take home, for four years. That’s three pounds of mushrooms – or $45 worth!
To sign up simply send me your name, email, which day you’d prefer, and an interact e-transfer for the $70 registration fee to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each workshop will be capped at six participants, so sign up soon to avoid disappointment. I’ll send you a confirmation email when I receive your fee.
Farm Hop 2017: October 1 , 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm!
Three Gatineau Hills farms have joined forces to offer you the 2nd edition of a fall festival to remember.
Here at Ferme et Forêt, you can:
– see sheep shearing (ongoing from 10 am to 3:30 pm)
– visit the farm animals: Rose Nose the pig, chickens, sheep and a few other surprises
– eat some farm made goodies: maple tarts, quiches and wild food goodies
– visit the sugar shack and mushroom grove
– and much more: kids activities, live music and fun all around….
…..and ALSO…we’re happy to welcome PhotoSynthesis, a tree focused photo exhibit featuring 8 people who work with, and are passionate about trees: violin maker, activists, foresters, foragers and syrup producers (us!), botanists and more. This outdoor exhibit is put on by Tree Fest Ottawa and will be displayed in our fields during the Farm Hop Festival!
Visit farmhop.ca for more information.
Wild Foraging at Ferme et Forêt: Sunday June 4, 2017
Fiddleheads, wild cherries, cattail hearts, these are some of the plants you might encounter and taste during a Ferme et Forêt Wild Foraging Workshop. These workshops aim to introduce participants to wild edible plants that are easy to identify, safe to eat and abundant, in order for participants to keep foraging on their own.
We’ll start off with a short introduction covering the benefits of eating wild foods, the ethics of wild foraging, and safety tips. The bulk of the time is spent in the fields and forests, where participants learn to identify edible plants and their habitats, and discuss ways to prepare and cook nature’s bounty. Throughout the session, foragers are encouraged to taste what we find in the forest and in the fields.
Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc, co-owner of Ferme et Forêt, grew up foraging alongside her family and has deepened her knowledge through professional courses on wild harvesting. She has harvested literally tons of pounds of wild food, and has been harvesting commercially for over 4 years. She is an advocate for responsible and ethical harvesting and carries a deep appreciation for the bounty of nature.
Next Foraging Workshop: June 4, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cost per participant: $30
Registration: Please email us your name and phone number. Our email is email@example.com. Your spot will be reserved once we receive your payment. Payment can be done in the following ways:
– The old fashion way: cheque: made out to Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc and sent to: Ferme et Forêt, 225 chemin Shouldice, Wakefield, QC, J0X 3G0
– By email money transfer (please indicate your name in the ‘Message’ section). Can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Directly at the farm (cash or cheque).
Once we receive your payment, we will email you more details (what to bring, where to park, etc.).
There is a limit of 12 participants per group.
The workshop will happen rain or shine.
If you would like to organize a workshop at another date, please contact us to explore possibilities.