Mount Vernon, WA
Registration open to the public
The Northwest Agriculture Business Center is bringing internationally recognized cider production expert Peter Mitchell back to the Skagit Valley to lead another of his popular and intensive week-long classes in cider and perry production. Mitchell has over 26 years of practical experience in hard cider production. He is a certified UK and USA cider competition judge and an award-winning producer in his own right. If you have wanted to develop your skills in hard cider and perry making, this is the course to attend. "Cider Making-Principles and Practices" will be held at the WSU Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon, WA.
The course will run 8:00am - 5:00pm daily, June 25 - 29, 2012. Mitchell will cover technical industry foundations such as the cider market, business opportunity, orcharding, production methods and management, and quality control. The class will provide practical processing and laboratory work along with lectures. The week will also be filled with cider making workshops and a field-trip visit to a commercial cider house.
The format and content of the class is suitable for beginners, new businesses and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike. In addition to the week long program is an optional Certificate in Cider and Perry Appreciation by the National Association of Cider Makers'. This certification is designed for individuals who wish to gain a recognized formal industry qualification, the only one of its kind.