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Group Learning for Grown-ups

The Nature Skills Cooperative was born out of a deep desire to rekindle traditional skills that have long connected humans to the natural world.

These skills would have been commonplace just a handful of decades ago,

but for many of us they have been lost. 

Growing our knowledge and competency in these skills improves our relationship with the world around us by getting us more "hands on" with the food we eat.

For example, did you know that commercial yeasts have only been in common use since the 19th century? Before that people used wild yeasts that developed through a naturally occurring fermenting process. 

Did you know that jams can be made from mashing and boiling fruit, but jelly is made from a fruit infusion and can be made from apple peels, dandelions, lilac petals, and wild violets?


Nature is so intent on providing for us, and The Nature Skills Cooperative is all about opening our eyes to see those gifts and learning how to receive them.

So even if these skills have been lost to you until now, you can rediscover and nurture them--even pass them down to the next generation!

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for your next group event!

Bring in The Nature Skills Cooperative for your next event! We can help create rich and meaningful experiences for your group events. Imagine hosting your next birthday party or girls' night with us, learning traditional skills like sourdough bread baking! Or a make and take of jam that you and your friends all learned how to water bath can! 

We're available for bachelorette parties, team building events, birthday parties, or just-for-fun gatherings.

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Water Bath Canning

Water bath canning is a great skill to learn if you hope to store your homemade handiwork. Unlike pressure canning, water bath canning is designed for use with high acidic items like pickles, jams and jellies, salsa and other tomato sauces. Learn the basics of how to safely can your summer pickings for access to fresh grown food in all seasons.

Coming spring 2023

Contact with questions or interest.

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Making Jams + Jellies

Making jam and jelly is one of the easiest ways to get started at making more of your food by hand. It's also a fantastic way to use up scraps of food used in other ways. Did you know that after you make applesauce you can take the peels and cores to make apple scrap jelly? It's practically fool proof and a great option for homemade food or handmade gifts!

Coming Spring 2023

Contact with questions or interest.

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Sourdough Bread - make, bake, and take

Perhaps when the sourdough craze reached its peak in 2020 you had other things on your mind, but now you're kind of wondering what all the fuss was about? Learn how to make and care for a homemade starter, the proofing process, and tips and tricks for baking a homemade boule.

If you can't make it to a class, check out our sourdough starter kit in our store!


Contact with questions or interest.

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