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Sandor Katz to Teach at Sterling College

CRAFTSBURY COMMON, VERMONT— Sterling College is proud to announce that Sandor Katz—fermentation expert, New York Times bestselling author, and James Beard award winner—will be a visiting faculty member this summer.

Katz will be teaching the two-week course “Fermentation with Sandor Katz.” Students will work one-on-one with Katz to create small-scale, artisan fermented foods. The class will be held on July 7-18, 2014.

The class is open to the public, as well as to Sterling College students. The class is part of the college’s recently launched continuing education program: two- and four-week courses that offer learning opportunities that complement Sterling College’s majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. The inaugural continuing education course was the recently completed Artisan Cheese Institute, offered in partnership with the Cellars at Jasper Hill.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sandor Katz to Sterling College,” said Dr. Pavel Cenkl, Dean of the College and Faculty. “He is a passionate teacher, a dedicated mentor, and our community is enriched by his presence.”

Sandor Katz describes himself as a “fermentation revivalist.” He is the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved, and, most recently, the James Beard Award-winning work The Art of Fermentation.

Katz’s interest in fermentation grew out of his overlapping interests in cooking, nutrition, and gardening. It started with sauerkraut, earning him the nickname “Sandorkraut,” even as his fermentation repertoire expanded. Katz presented at Sterling College in April 2013 as part of the Vermont’s Table Speaker Series.

Katz said of his last visit, “The students impressed me with the breadth of their knowledge and experience, and their depth of interest in fermentation.” He continued, “Sterling is situated in an environment rich in local food production, and thereby rich in education stimulation!”

For more information on the College and the breadth of courses offered to the public this summer, please visit

About Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, SustainableAgriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.



Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College

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