Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Kirsten K. Shockey

Kirsten K. Shockey is the author of award-winning Homebrewed Vinegar, coauthor, with her husband, Christopher Shockey, of award-winning The Big Book of Cidermaking; award-winning Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments; Fiery Ferments; and the best-selling Fermented Vegetables. The Shockeys got their start in fermenting foods over twenty years ago on 40-acres of wooded hillside on unceded Takelma territory which grew into their organic food company. Kirsten realized that her passion lay in the desire to both teach people how to ferment and push this culinary art to new flavors. She leads experiential workshops worldwide and online helping people to make, enjoy and connect with their food through fermentation. She is a co-founder of The Fermentation School, a women-owned and women-led benefits corporation supporting the voices of independent educators to empower learning and build culture.




Events with Kirsten K. Shockey

Fermentation of Place
October 6 - 10, 2024

Learn to collaborate with the microbes that make your foods delicious and your health vibrant. Join world-renowned fermenter, Kirsten K. Shockey in this unique fermentation master class to learn how to ferment confidently and safely in your kitchen. You’ll learn the art and science of this ancient craft by exploring…