Fee: $74, 3 classes (includes handouts and salt samples)
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Schedule: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
November 2 – November 16, 2013
What to bring: Feel free to bring a sack lunch and a
Optional reference books, both by Mark Kurlansky:
The Story of Salt (ISBN #0-399-23998-7), a children's book and
Salt - A World History (Paperback ISBN #0-14-200161-9 or Hardback ISBN #0-8027-1373-4).
Both books are available on Kindle or you may find them at the Durango Public Library, local booksellers, or online (you'll find used copies on eBay).
Your perception of a rock you reach
every day may never be the same!
This class will primarily explore the role of salt in history as detailed in the books Salt – A World History and The Story of Salt (a children’s book), both by Mark Kurlansky. Tips for using salt in holiday recipes and gifts
will be included in the handouts.
We think Salt Rocks because:
- Salt is in our blood, sweat, and tears.
- It’s essential for our bodies’ basic functions and is the only rock we eat.
- Winters were survived, before the advent of canning and freezing in recent centuries, by salting foods to preserve them.
- Trails have been forged for thousands of years by animals, armies, and merchants to the sources of salt.
- The location and design of many a town has been determined by salt resources.
- The political effects of salt trade fights can still be seen the world over. Gandhi’s march to the salt flats set off the Indian revolution.
- Resorts such as those at the Dead Sea have offered therapeutic experiences of salt’s healing properties for generations. Many of us use Epsom salts in baths.
- Salt is used to melt snow, and for many agricultural and industrial purposes.
Bet You Didn't Know:
Not far from Durango is the Redmond, Utah salt mine from which is sourced “Real Salt,” recognized as one of the purest and tastiest salts around.