Fermentation on Wheels is a grassroots project that brings fermentation education to communities of all ages and backgrounds and inspires with a school bus that has been converted into a fermentation lab, library, and workshop space. The project’s founder, Tara Whitsitt, organizes events nationwide to bridge communities and restore a genuine fascination in local, traditionally-preserved foods. By traveling the country, connecting consumers to local farmers, and teaching fermentation, she hopes to emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values.
Fermentation on Wheels was born in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in May 2013. Tara converted a forty-foot vintage military bus that summer and departed from Eugene, Oregon in October 2013. Since its departure, she has traveled over 24,000 miles from coast to coast holding workshops, potlucks, and culture exchanges in schools, community centers, and at festivals. Tara has collaborated with organizations and businesses such as Edible Communities, FoodCorps, and Just Food, and as well as dozens of farms and homesteads.