Ferment Pittsburgh’s Culture Library aims to encourage the sharing of wild cultures fostered in our region to reflect our unique microbial terroir.
How it works
All cultures offered once arrived from somewhere else, but have more recently been living and cared for in the Western Pennsylvania area. We believe in the importance of local food even in terms of a plant, or in this case, a team of microorganism’s adaptation to their environment and how that’s reflected in our health.
How to get a Culture: Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cultures will be available as they allow. For instance, if a population is getting low, that culture may need to temporarily be taken off the trading block. All exchanges must occur in the city. We do not deliver, but will work out a good place to passively exchange. Note that we are not a “professional business,” just regular people who care about things. Please approach this situation in a layed-back manner.
How much does it cost: It’s difficult to put a price on traditions and health. What you give in exchange for your cultures is up to you. Trade is most common- preferably something handmade or useful, most people make “their” specialty dish. Money is also accepted. If you prefer money, pay what it means to you. Obviously something like this costs someone money so any contributions are helpful. If you want to donate big amounts of money, it will go towards the development of more projects like this. Regardless of your form of payment, something in exchange is required.
Want to contribute a Culture? Cultures can be donated. Anyone is welcome to offer a unique family heirloom or culture we don’t have listed. Depending on the case we can either take care of it or you can take care of your own, and we can direct trade inquiries to you.
Most of all: Please be excited and also take care of your new friend. Ask any questions you have along the way to email@example.com. Don’t be greedy, work together with your culture, and share it, and share everything else you can with the people around you.
The CityPaper wrote this project: read about it.
- Dairy Kefir
- Water Kefir
- Kombucha Scoby
- Sourdough Starter (Note: you don’t need one from me or anyone else really. Passing along a sourdough starter really just carries the story with it. Mine has a piece of Sandor Katz’s in it. If that’s neat to you we can pass some off along. But if you’re in need of a starter I recommend reading this article.)
- Dan’s Yogurt (thick, similar to Bulgarian)
- Vinegar Mother (apple cider)
- Rye Koji – this is koji that’s been perpetuated on rye we grow at our farm an hour north of Pittsburgh.