Vegetable Fermentation

Embark on a flavorful journey of vegetable preservation and probiotics!

Saturday, September 7, 1-4 pm
Optional Sunday work party

Earthaven Ecovillage
Near Asheville, NC

Come out and see what’s bubbling in ancestral foodways enthusiast Rachel Fee’s kitchen. Join her for an afternoon of chopping, salting, and packing while discussing fermented foods throughout history, the benefits of lacto-fermentation for our internal and external microbiomes, the practical knowledge needed to ferment at home. Learn basic fermentation and troubleshooting techniques how home fermentation can lead to a personal and cultural revolution through food. End the afternoon with a tongue tingling taste test of a variety of vegetable and fruit ferments.

Stay the night in our campground and join Rachel for a Sunday afternoon work party in the vegetable garden!

Fermented vegetables and herbs
slicing a cabbage


Saturday, September 7

  • 10 am – noon: Earthaven Ecovillage tour
  • Noon – 1 pm: Lunch – bring your own
  • 1 – 4 pm: Presentation

Sunday, September 8

  • 10 – noon: Optional garden work party

Autumn is often overwhelming for a gardener with so much to harvest and process. Rachel would love to invite you to continue your learning in her garden.


Fermented vegetables

Sliding Scale Tuition

Because some people have more financial means than others, we have created a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The high-end of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point.

By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others for whom the low-end may be cost-prohibitive. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain.


Earthaven tour and program: $55 – 85 sliding scale

Program only: $35 – $55 sliding scale

Optional camping is extra. No food is provided.



No food is provided for the program. Please bring food that you will need.

Cancellation & Refunds

If you cancel your registration, you may:

  • Donate your tuition to support our continued work
  • Request a refund per our policy:
    • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
    • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program

If SOIL cancels this program for any reason whatsoever, you would receive a 100% refund.

Contact us at [email protected] with registration questions.


Several accommodation options are available at Earthaven Ecovillage and in the surrounding area. No indoor lodging is available at Earthaven for this program.

Cost per person: 1 or 2 nights $50
Cost per person: 3 nights $75

Campground Cabin Shared Lodging
Cost per person: 1 or 2 nights $70
Cost per person: 3 nights $85

Off-Site Options
Various options in Bat Cave, Black Mountain, and Asheville.

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This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to Expect at Earthaven


Rachel Fee

Rachel Fee


Rachel is a clinical herbalist, farmer, and mother of four nearly grown children. She was in clinical practice for fifteen years, practicing her own system of “mutt” herbalism that synthesizes her background in Traditional Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, and Southern Folk Medicine. These days her greatest joy and purpose is found in tending the land collaboratively, raising animals for food, as well as herb and vegetable gardening. She’s especially passionate about building soil and creating diverse ecosystems of year-round forage for her animals, resilience of all kinds, and being of service to this wild experiment that is Earthaven.


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