Contraband Ferments is a small fermentation company in Brooklyn, New York. 

Our goal: to provide gut healthy fermented foods and education to the public. We source organic, locally grown food, support local farmers, and strive to be environmentally sound. We believe that through education, experimentation, and a whole lots of creativity that we can help change the food system, help people to heal their bodies, and support local agriculture.

Who are we?:

Cheryl Paswater is a Fermentationist, Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer. After a near-death experience, Cheryl turned to holistic medicine for help. Radical diet and lifestyle changes led her deep into the study of fermentation, old world food preservation, the human microbiome, food ethics, and holistic health.

Cheryl contributes as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, has guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), Co-Organizes the NYC Fermentation Festival, and is a Co-Organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup. She is currently working on her first book and teaches workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold).