IMG_3713We met years ago while taking a community course on food preservation. We realized then that we shared an obsessive interest in fermentation.

We decided to use our knowledge and expertise to create our own business: producing cultures and providing supplies and information needed for fermentation.

We are excited about the increasing popularity of culturing and want to provide easy access to the tools needed for both newcomers and experts. Being good friends is just an added benefit!

Our Mission

NW Ferments provides quality starter cultures for home production. Our goal is to enable people to improve their own health while saving them money. By making our own healthy foods, we help ourselves as well as our planet. While we are from the Pacific NW, we know that we have many kindred spirits worldwide.


I live in the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range with my lucky husband and an array of happy farm animals. Together we raised two wonderful children on our property where we have lived for 28 years.

My experience comes from working within the industry for many years.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz was my first introduction into the art of fermentation. Through this journey I have enjoyed learning how to make nutritious food for my family and friends. I like experimenting with making beer, wine, cheese and many varieties of fermented vegetables.


Hi, I’m Wendy. I like long walks on the beach and kitty cats. But that’s for another website…

I live in the greater Portland area of Oregon with my husband and three children (and yes, I love the rain!).

I’ve been in the business of fermentation for years, and have watched it’s popularity grow. I’ve had a passion for cooking since I was a child, and I love making ethnic dishes. I really enjoy gardening and growing my own food, although I don’t have the greenest of thumbs (luckily, fermented green tomatoes are delicious!)

My favorite ferments are vegetables and Kombucha. With experimentation, the possibilities are endless!


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