Kicking off our Fall Virtual Fermentation Festival on Friday October 1st, is Illinois Valley local Jerry Allen from Thistledown Orchards, sharing with us the “Introduction to Fermentation.”
Kicking off our Fall Virtual Fermentation Festival on Friday October 1st, is Illinois Valley local Jerry Allen from Thistledown Orchards, sharing with us the “Introduction to Fermentation.” In our first episode, Jerry shares with us the history and basics behind the ever expansive process that is fermentation and a brief overview of the human microbiome. Jerry has taught at many of our previous in-person Fermentation Festivals and most will remember and love his teaching style.
As a trauma therapist, Jerry has done a lot of work on helping people settle their nervous system. Fermentation is one of many ways to settle our bodies from the stressors of modern life. It helps settle our gut and promotes gut health by sending messages up to our vagus nerve telling us that “all is well.” Jerry reminds us that fermentation is “a combination of mind, body, and spirit working together in harmony…it’s human health at its best! Fermentation is an ally for humans to embody healthier living.”
Along with his wife Lisa Waltenspiel, Jerry owns Thistledown Orchards, a small ten-acre farm in the Illinois Valley near Selma, Oregon. Their farm began in 2015 with the purchase of the property and their first orchard planting. Their mission is to develop a flourishing organic farm, nurture a sustainable microecology on the land, and create a spiritual refuge for all who visit. They offer heritage varieties of natural produce, crafting & homesteading tools, and resources for healthy living. To learn more about their farm, see some of Jerry’s resource lists, and visit www.thistledownorchards.com.
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