Fermentation Fundamentals

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Microbial Makeover's Fermentation Fundamentals

22 September 2023 - 6:30-8:30pm
Fairlie Village Hall

This 2-hour workshop will teach you all you need to know about fermentation and how to create delectable, probiotic dishes that are good for your gut. Guided by our culinary expert Tasha Alison, you’ll observe the process of making not only scrumptious fermented vegetable dishes like sauerkraut and kimchi, but also delicious homemade yogurt and kefir. Dr. Steve Fountain will provide background information on microbes and our microbiomes, as well as insight into the science behind lactofermentation and its place in Microbial Makeover’s SEED Strategy. This informative workshop combines entertaining presentations with engaging demonstrations and numerous tastings of a variety of probiotic samplings. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of the materials you’ll need to get started fermenting at home right away.


Microbes, Mood & Memory

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Microbial Makeover's Microbes, Mood and Memory

13 October 2023 - 6:30-8:30pm
Fairlie Village Hall

Do microbes really affect the way we think, feel and act? Yes! The microbes in our bodies can and do control our moods, our cravings, and even our behaviour. You can find out how in this fascinating 2-hour workshop that looks at the interactions between the gut and the brain. We’ll also learn about ways that we can positively affect our moods, memories, and cognition by targeting our microbiomes through our diets, exercise and other lifestyle changes. Yogurts and various delicious probiotic goodies will also be provided for tasting.

The Facilitators

J. Stephen Fountain, MD, PhD

A trained physician and interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Fountain has lectured and published in both the sciences and humanities in the US and abroad. His current research interests revolve around emerging paradigms of disease and wellness, fertility and sterility, and the importance of microbiota in macro-environments such as the human body. He is also the co-founder of Icebox Ministries.

Tasha Alison

Tasha Alison is a three-decade veteran of marketing and research and the President and co-founder of Icebox Ministries. An expert food educator and engaging local food advocate, she has been involved in educational initiatives and community-building programs for over ten years. Her current interests include efforts to re-teach lost life-skills and encourage sustainable and biologically diverse foodways. She has a passion for food preservation, including traditional and emerging methods of fermentation.


Interactive Workshops About the Microbes That Make Us Who We Are


Microbial Makeover workshops are a fun and informative way to learn about the importance of abundant and diverse microbes in our internal and external environments. From our Microbial Makeover Masterclass workshop to our many Special Topic workshops, Microbial Makeover workshops will teach you all you need to know about what microbes are, how we can affect them in positive and negative ways, and how they affect our health for better or worse. Guided by our expert facilitators, Steve Fountain, MD, PhD, and Tasha Alison of Icebox Farm, our workshops’ content ranges from informative presentations, accompanied by samplings of probiotic goodies, to fully hands-on, guided classes that will provide you with skills and techniques you’ll need to fully incorporate Microbial Makeover strategies into your life.

Contact us for information about how you can bring Microbial Makeover workshops to your group or organization.