• The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain (map)
  • 8519 Pickards Meadow Road
  • Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
  • United States

Fermentation Extravaganza with Marc Williams

Sunday, October 30th, 2:00-5:30pm

Come join ethnobotanist Marc Williams for an applied class in making healthy probiotic foods. This class will be a great opportunity to holistically explore the ancient art of fermentation in the tradition of Frank Cook, Sandor Katz, Sally Fallon and others. We will start with a lecture on basic principles. We will then do a short plant walk to find some wild ingredients and then follow by crafting some Kraut/Kimchee. The class will finish with a tasting of many fermented items provided for sampling including Kvass, Dosas, Essene Bread, Kimchee, Jun, Water Kefir, Yogurt Cheese, Seed Cheeses and more.

Handouts and cultures to take home will also be available. This class is worth it for the food and handouts alone! Join us as we explore how fermentation can enhance our health! Fermented foods and drinks offer live probiotics and more available nutrients. Learn why ancient cultures have treasured these processes through the ages!

Pricing & Registration

This class is offered on a sliding scale of $30-$50. 

Have you heard about the Forage & Feast with Marc Williams?

Marc Williams will be at the Eco-Institute on Saturday, October 29th for a Foraging walk and Feast! The course will provide a holistic understanding of what it takes to bring sustenance from field to fork. Follow this link to learn more! 

About Marc Williams

Photo Courtesy of Will Gehrman

Instructor Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied the people plant connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master's degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent over a decade working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms.

His travels include adventures through 24 countries in North/Central America and Europe and all 50 of the United States. Marc has visited over 100 botanical gardens and research institutions during this process while taking thousands of pictures of representative plants. He is also Executive Director of Plants and Healers International www.plantsandhealers.org and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies.

He has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface while working with over 50 organizations in the last few years and online at the website here. Marc's greatest hope is that this information may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation.