Fermentation Education & Products

Community Cultures

Embracing fermented products is an exciting way to explore health, creativity, and our relationship with food. Community Cultures provides Fermentation Education opportunities throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region and online.

Sign up now for a Virtual Workshop or ask about booking a Private Event!

Fermentation Education & Products

Community Cultures

Embracing fermented products is an exciting way to explore health, creativity, and our relationship with food. Community Cultures provides Fermentation Education opportunities throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region and online.

Sign up now for a Virtual Workshop or ask about booking a Private Event!

May 2021: Ferment the Scraps! 8-part Virtual Workshop Series

Since 2011

About 

Trevor Ring founded Community Cultures as a way to bring people together and connect them to the wonders of fermentation. His goal is to make fermentation education accessible for all by emphasizing simple, affordable practices and techniques that don’t require special equipment. By teaching the essential role that microbes play in our lives, Trevor can help you realize the magical potential of our food to transform us and the broader food system.

Community Cultures Hands-on Fermentation Education Workshop in Modern Kitchen

Since 2011

About 

Trevor Ring founded Community Cultures as a way to bring people together and connect them to the wonders of fermentation. His goal is to make fermentation education accessible for all by emphasizing simple, affordable practices and techniques that don’t require special equipment. By teaching the essential role that microbes play in our lives, Trevor can help you realize the magical potential of our food to transform us and the broader food system.

Community Cultures instructor Trevor Ring teaching a fermentation workshop, holding dripping cabbage in his hand.
Community Cultures Hands-on Fermentation Education Workshop in Modern Kitchen
Community Cultures instructor Trevor Ring teaching a fermentation workshop, holding dripping cabbage in his hand.

Affordable & Accessible Learning

Hands-On Fermentation Series 

Embrace the thrilling world of microbes and fermented products through Community Cultures workshops. Educator, Trevor Ring, will guide you through the ways that different cultures can preserve food. Participants will engage in hands-on communal learning by preparing and tasting ferments including kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, water kefir, country wine, mead, miso and more.

You will learn about the health benefits, history and background of fermented products, and walk away with jars and cultures to continue fermenting at home. Virtual workshops utilize PowerPoint, handouts, and lecture, as well as guided demos. By the end of the series, Trevor will have inspired in you the confidence to bring unique flavors and bubbly excitement to family and friends from your own kitchen.

 

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WORKSHOPS

What We Teach

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Vegetable & Fruit
Ferments

Learn the basics of making kimchi, sauerkraut, and lacto-fermented pickles, as well as chutneys, sauces, and vinegar. You will also learn about the cultural and historical significance of these products.

 

Vegetable Ferment Ingredients in Hands
Sideview of Ferment Bottles with Hand-written Labels

 

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Fermented Beverages
(Adults 21+)

Wild yeast are all around us and can be utilized to make simple, funky, and unique cider, meads, and country wine. These workshops instruct on the simple processes and equipment needed to start making alcohol at home from few ingredients.

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Fermented Beverages
(All Ages, Non-Alcoholic)

Probiotic beverages come in many forms and flavors. Understand the different starter cultures and taste the diversity of microbes that help make bubbly non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Bubbles and Fruit in a Fermenting Beverage

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Vegetable & Fruit
Ferments

Learn the basics of making kimchi, sauerkraut, and lacto-fermented pickles, as well as chutneys, sauces, and vinegar. You will also learn about the cultural and historical significance of these products.

Vegetable Ferment Ingredients in Hands

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Fermented Beverages
(All Ages, Non-Alcoholic)

Probiotic beverages come in many forms and flavors. Understand the different starter cultures and taste the diversity of microbes that help make bubbly non-alcoholic beverages.

Bubbles and Fruit in a Fermenting Beverage

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Fermented Beverages
(Adults 21+)

Wild yeast are all around us and can be utilized to make simple, funky, and unique cider, meads, and country wine. These workshops instruct on the simple processes and equipment needed to start making alcohol at home from few ingredients.

Sideview of Ferment Bottles with Hand-written Labels

Reserve Your Seat

Sign up for this exciting opportunity to explore health, creativity, and our relationship with food.

Colleagues & Mentors

Testimonials

Sandor Katz Testimonial

Sandor Katz

WILD FERMENTATION and THE ART OF FERMENTATION
Fermentation Revivalist & Author

“I first met Trevor as a student, then as a teaching assistant, and right away he impressed me with his passionate interest in fermentation. But with the passing years, what I find even more impressive is his persistent dedication, over quite a few years now, to continued experimentation and learning, and to sharing what he learns.”

Adam Haritan Testimonial

Adam Haritan

LEARN YOUR LAND
Wild Food Forager & Founder

“For any fermentation-related question that I may have, there’s only one person that I consult:  Trevor Ring.  He has successfully helped me create multiple ferments and has given me the confidence to experiment on my own with all kinds of ingredients and flavors.  Trevor’s skills are unparalleled, and I can honestly say that without his guidance and willingness to share his knowledge, there would be a lot less fermentation in my life!”

Justin Lubecki Testimonial

Justin Lubecki

FERMENT PITTSBURGH
Culinary/Agricultural Coach & Founder

“Trevor has been an essential part of the fermentation community in our region since he arrived a few years ago. He encompasses the passion for bringing together all sorts of people to share food-based moments that I believe fermentation is really about at its core. His kind and accessible approach is nourishing to any level of fermenter from beginner to expert.”

Tess Monks Testimonial

Tess Monks

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY
Botany Hall Kitchen Manager

“Fermentation is such a popular topic these days but can also be really mysterious. Trevor is very thorough in his knowledge on the topic, is a clear communicator and is inspiring as a teacher. Phipps Conservatory has hosted more than 10 fermentation workshops with Trevor, reaching over 100 students and covering a wide variety of topics. Each and every class is well thought out and executed. We’ve been lucky to work with Trevor and look forward for future workshops!”

Oliver H. Pinder Testimonial

Oliver H. Pinder, Baker & Owner of Wild Rise Bakery

Oliver H. Pinder

WILD RISE BAKERY
Baker & Owner

“Trevor embodies the fermentation wisdom, spirit and passion of Sandor Katz and Kirsten Shockey. Single-handedly responsible for our crash-course in fermented foods and subsequent obsession with everything from sourdough to Lacto-fermented hot sauce, he started the fermentation club at Chatham University during our Masters Studies with patience, excitement, and a willingness to learn, prepare and guide by example. In so doing, he inducted many into the wider world of cultured foods one ferment at a time. Like a well-fed starter, he is always bubbling with ideas for cultures community building, a desire to sing the praise song of the SCOBY and inject the kind of wildness and creation into the process that speaks to us as Sourdough slingers. In short, he’s awesome, 100% will recommend.”