upcoming workshops

No workshops currently scheduled, please check back for 2019 announcements.

If you’d like to schedule an individual or small group baking class, please write to sugarhouseworkshop@gmail.com. It is a great joy of mine to spend time baking with kindred folks, and I’m happy to make special arrangements for us to work together.


Simple Sourdough at Home 

April 29, June 24, August 26, October 14 2018

Join me at my home in Vermont for a day of learning the magic of sourdough baking. Offered four different days throughout the spring, summer, and autumn, choose which day and technique suits you best and we'll convene to bake bread and pastry, take walks, and share a beautiful afternoon in the kitchen and fields. 

April 29: Sourdough Viennoiserie (Croissants and Danish)

Perhaps we'll take a forest walk to harvest some nettle or ramps or chickweed to add to our bakes, creating croissants and danishes together using wild yeast. Learn all of the basic techniques needed to prepare beautiful, delicious sourdough croissants, pain au chocolat, and danish at home for memorable Sunday brunches. 

June 24: Basic Country Boule

Learn to bake a loaf of classic sourdough bread, how to tend your starter, and other tips and tricks for successfully incorporating sourdough into your home kitchen. Perhaps a wildflower walk down our quiet dirt road (with beautiful mountain views) will find us harvesting red clover for tea or maybe some fragrant white yarrow to make a summer salve while classic country loaves proof on the counter.

August 26: Basic Country Boule

Another session of the basic sourdough workshop described above. With good luck, this August afternoon will have us harvesting pears and blueberries right outside to make a delicious pie while the bread rises.

October 14: Sourdough Viennoiserie (Croissants and Danish) 

We'll be surrounded by the bright, vibrant foliage here on the mountain as we learn the techniques of sourdough viennoiserie (see above) and we'll enjoy those flaky pastries by the woodstove with coffee,  tea, and all the best things about Vermont in autumn. 

Each afternoon will allow for lots of room for conversation and connection in the casual atmosphere of my tiny cabin kitchen. 

All materials, a sourdough starter from my kitchen, recipes, and a handmade, naturally dyed linen bread bag (plus snacks and tea!) are included. 


Email sugarhouseworkshop@gmail.com to register or with questions. Each session limited to 5 participants. 

Read about our June 24 workshop here


september 10 2017

Sourdough + Apple Butter at Wing and a Prayer Farm

Using homegrown wild yeast, learn to bake wholesome, rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own home kitchen. Learn how to tend a sourdough starter, choose your tools and ingredients, and develop the skills you need to foster a bread baking practice.

While the bread is rising, Tammy White of Wing and a Prayer Farm will teach us to make and can apple butter from her heirloom varieties just outside the farmhouse windows.

Workshop attendees will leave with bread and apple butter, recipes, sourdough starter from Jessica's kitchen, and a naturally dyed linen bread bag.






july 23-28 2017, JUly 22-27 2018

Slow Fashion Retreat with A Gathering of Stitches

During this weeklong beachside retreat in Maine, I will teach participants how to add love and color to their handmade and upcycled garments using natural dyes. Alongside pattern-drafting workshops with Cal Patch, and Katrina Rodabaugh teaching her beautiful and useful mending techniques, this retreat is a special week of making and learning in community in the name of more personal, more thoughtful, and more sustainable wardrobes.