It's been quiet here lately, but not because there hasn't been a lot of BaltimoreDIY action!
I've got my fall garden started and the first tiny carrot shoots are emerging. On Sunday the CSA tomatoes got canned as a chunky homemade ketchup. Plus my new King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion Cookbook just arrived in the mail, and I've been experimenting with dinner rolls and banana bread. So far I've learned that you can't just dump all the ingredients in a bowl and stir, it helps to actually follow the recipe steps.
(The banana bread turned out like a brick, but it's still edible! The dinner rolls turned out great though, and made a really yummy cheddar cheese and apple sandwich last night.) Looks like I'm going to have to order at least ten more pounds of flour from The Beet.
In addition to the daily foodmaking and gardening projects, there has also been a lot of planning going on for some awesome fall events.
It's time to break out the calendar- hope to see you there!
DIY Fest 2010
Want to learn how to brew beer, forage for wild fruit inside city limits, establish an alternative business model, or make your own cord out of plant fiber?
I know I do! If you'd like to read more about DIY Fest and what it is, I recommend reading last year's City Paper article, "Generation Skill."
2640 St. Paul.
A full list of workshops and tablers can be found on www.diyfest.org*
*There may be some technical difficulties with the website at this time. We are working on it! Please stay tuned.
Creative Alliance Food Network
The Beet buyer's club and food co-op to be is participating in an art show and mobile market highlighting access to local, healthy food. We will have some information available at the gallery and will be bringing our organic, collectively owned, prepared healthy food to market on October 30th.
From the Creative Alliance site:
Opens Sat Sep 18 5:30-7:30pm
Closes Sat Oct 30
Click on the link above for more details
This fall, BDC gathers a caucus of artists, educators, activists, urban planners, gardeners, and chefs to convert the Creative Alliance’s Main Gallery at The Patterson into the headquarters for a celebratory, mobile farmers market – selling food, sharing ideas, and shedding light on the limited availability of fresh, healthy food to most city residents. Alongside a borrowed Arabbers’ cart and one designed and built by BDC are video, photographs, and art activities. The carts and trailers leave the building periodically – sometimes with marching bands in tow – to visit neighborhoods and festivals, with fresh produce and a revolving assortment of activities and information.
I should mention here that Hannah Brancato, one of the show's organizers, has a few other art/activism projects going on about awareness of violence against women. One project associated with House of Ruth and Advocate Through Art is an ongoing exhibit at Pratt Library through October 31st. An exhibition and play about the culture of rape is opening at the Annex, Oct. 1st frm 6-9 p.m.
Remember last May when I posted about a great 2640 event where you get to drink all kinds of home-brewed beer and eat chili? If you missed it in spring, now is your second chance!
From the Red Emma's event posting:
This event is not just a homebrew and chili competition is is also an event aimed to bring together the DIY types that lurk amongst us. Showcase your DIY project or join us to learn about what is going on behind the scenes.
Charitably Charmin' ChiliBrew, Too! donates all proceeds to Velocipede Bike Project and Baltimore Free School. We appreciate your donation of $10-$20 at the door.
Submit an entry form at www.bmorecharmin.intuitwebsites.com or email email@example.com
Remington Science Camp
Remington folks just don't stop when it comes to making their own fun. The latest is a series of science projects for neighborhood kids, hosted by some very experienced people. Here is the event posting from esteemed Remington blog The Alligator:
As you may have heard, there will be an after school Science-Camp in Remington this fall. The camp will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Kromer hall (Remington and 27th St).
The first session of Science Camp will be on September 21st and the last session will be October 21st. The project sessions start at 6pm and finish at 8pm.
I am in desperate need of volunteers to help during the project sessions. I anticipate 10 youth between the ages of 11 – 16 signing up for the camp, the science experiments are complex and help would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteers are not expected to help with every session, if you are interested email me and I will sign you up on the volunteer schedule for the evening that works best for you.
For more information refer to the article on Science-Camp in this month’s newsletter or email the Science Camp Organization Team at: RemingtonScienceCamp@hotmail.com
Plus, THIS WEEKEND is Barn Aid, a benefit concert for a family owned farm in Sparks, MD. Many bands including the incredible Wye Oak will be playing. The event takes place from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Apologies for the very long post, but there are just too many wonderful events going on... and I'm sure I didn't even touch on them all!
Hope to see you there.