DIY Workshop Series Wrap-Up

Slow Food: University of Oregon held its first workshop series this term, and it was a tremendous success. Aloura DiGiallonardo, treasurer, arranged the series this term to show students easy ways to make your own cheese, sourdough, pickled vegetables and worm bins for composting. The workshops were free for students and every workshop offered something for students to take home.

On Monday, May 21 Slow Food kicked off the workshop series with a cheese making and sourdough starter demonstration at the Campbell Club. Within 15 minutes milk, vinegar, spices and salt turned into a delicious cheese. While it was still warm, students sampled the cheese. Needless to say, it was delicious.

Ariel lead the cheese making workshop

Students were able to eat the garlic lavender farmer’s cheese immediately.

During the same workshop, students also learned to make sourdough starts. It just takes a little water and flour. The sourdough start expert, Slow Food member Jon Cox, also distributed his favorite sourdough pancake recipe:

  1. 2 cups starter.
  2. Flour/water to desired consistency if necessary.
  3. 2 tbs sugar.
  4. 1 egg.
  5. 1/4 cup oil.
  6. 1/2 tsp salt.
  7. 1 tsp baking soda.
  8. 1 tbsp warm water.
  9. Dilute baking soda in warm water. combine all ingredients.
  10. Leave in warm spot until bubbles for before using.

During the sourdough start demonstration, students also learned about the fermentation process and history of sourdough. So interesting!

The second workshop was Thursday afternoon at the Campbell Club. A University of Oregon staff member led students in a pickling workshop. Participating students could take home all their pickled vegetables at no cost. The pickling was very easy, and the vegetables were ready almost immediately.

Students packed the jars with vegetables and different pickling supplies.

Look at all those delicious veggies!

The third and final workshop, focused on worm bins for composting, was held on the campus quad lawn. Pierce Kennedy lead the workshop with his worm bin and composting knowledge. Worm bins are an easy way for college students to compost. The worms do most of the work, so maintenance is pretty simple. Students had a chance to take home the demo worm bin, too. The Oregon Daily Emerald covered the worm bin workshop in an article published yesterday.

If you weren’t able to attend these workshops, there are sure to be more next year! We also encourage all questions and comments. Post your questions here or send an email to After all these quick solutions and workshop series, we might not be able to call ourselves Slow Food anymore!


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