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Wild Fermentation Class (Pickling & Sauerkraut) and an Edible Forest Tour

Edible Forest Yarra Valley

No booking fee
Cancel up to 48 hours beforehand

Regular price $85.00

We all want to be healthy, but some of us don’t have the time or the know how! In this interactive class you will learn some quick and easy techniques to incorporate into your daily routine giving you what you need to ‘Be Healthy’.

Where: Dixons Creek, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges


Please Note:

All Providers of OHO Experiences have implemented extra precautions around distancing and cleaning practices in order to comply with guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The plan

We could all use a few tips on how to be healthier, and in this class Louise will lead you through the importance of incorporating good gut health into your diet.

You will sample and learn how to make fermented foods such as pickling , as you explore the art of fermenting your own vegetables. You'll also be shown how to easily introduce these and other fermented foods such as miso into your diet for better gut health.

The components to this class:

1. Food swap – Learn healthy alternatives to some common items used in cooking that are better for you.
2. Learn to make pickles, which are amazingly good for you and taste great too.
3. A selection of healthy snacks. You'll see that making your own beats any type that you can buy in the shops and it’s healthy for you too!
4. Miso soup – A delicious, quick and easy fermented soup that provides the gut with health benefits that help you stay happy, healthy and vibrant.

The fruits of your labour

You'll learn to make and take home the pickles, healthy snacks and a jar of miso.

Also enjoy a guided tour of the Edible Forest by the owner.

The kit required


We suggest you wear something comfortable and as you will be in a commercial kitchen space and closed toe shoes.

Louise has requested that all participants please bring 2 – 3 washed jars with them, 1 litre jars would be ideal for you to take made items home.

Please also bring a water bottle for your hydration – water will be available to re-fill the bottles through the duration of the class!
Louise was born in Hong Kong, returning to her family home in Holland at the aged of 8 where she completed her high school education. Like many teenagers, she had no idea what she wanted to do with the rest of her life but did know she wanted an adventure, so she went to Germany to get a certificate of hospitality. Working in Amsterdam for 5 years before travelling to Australia in 1988 where she met her husband; John; they married in 1989 and had a family.

Together, they purchased the property which is known as Yarra Valley Estate, which was previously set up as a deer farm with only a few working sheds. For the next 20 years they slowly built the venue and ultimately created Yarra Valley Estate. The venue has proudly been recognised as a leader in sustainability and its care of the environment has been recognised with many distinguished awards.

While building the venue over 20 years and raising 4 children, Louise still found time to support several charities she holds close to her heart. Working with Moira Kelly AO for over two decades in various humanitarian missions, she is the president of two of Moira’s foundations - ‘Global Gardens of Peace’ and ‘Moira Kelly; Creating Hope’. www.globalgardensofpeace.org www.creatinghopefoundation.org.au. Louise also supports her husband John’s own humanitarian work in the disadvantaged community of Papua New Guinea, where John had worked for many years. He formed the PNG Foundation and continues medivac flights to PNG each year. www.pngfoundation.org.au
If that wasn’t enough Louise also completed a diploma in counselling, volunteered at Lifeline for 3 years, studied Gestalt Therapy for 2 years, volunteered at the Healesville Sanctuary, graduated with a cert 4 in nursing in 2009 and completed her PDC in Permaculture in 2015.
Through her love of wildlife and interest in our natural environment, Louise encouraged the establishment of a wildlife shelter on 5 acres of the property in Dixons Creek. This has been run by Tony Wooley since 2009. The Shelter rehabilitates approximately 100 birds/animals annually and is another of the charities supported by YVE.
In 2015 Louise expressed the wish to build an Edible Forest on the property to encourage guests and the general public to enjoy a garden were all the plants were either edible or medicinal. A garden that would support the restaurant with wonderful unique produce enhancing the menus and led to the establishment of the Edible Forest YV project. As Louise states ‘It’s a dream come true’. www.edibleforest.co
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of John, the love of her life.