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Baltimore City Beekeeping: Wanna Try It? -Learn How.

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According to an interview with Maryland state apiarist, Jerry Fischer, the Baltimore Citypaper reported last year that Baltimore has 32 Beekeepers in the city.  The demise of many bee colonies across the country has created great concern and has brought a renewed interest in beekeeping.  Are you interested in being a beekeeper in Baltimore?

Rules & Regulations For Beekeeping In Baltimore: CLICK HERE.

Do you like the idea of having bees around, but you aren’t ready to be a beekeeper?  CLICK HERE to learn from our pal, Joel The Urban Gardener, how to invite bees and other critters to your garden.



Small Business Practice At Its Finest; Bumper Globe Challenges What Kind Of Trade We Associate With Green Business.

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Auto repair and green business are two enterprises that are not often associated with one another.  It is especially for this reason, that Bumper Globe Collision Centre, a Baltimore auto repair shop located in Federal Hill, receives the latest Baltidome Green Business Award.  Places that sell food, clothing and household goods are where we typically look for environmentally friendly options, but Bumper Globe encourages us to think beyond that.

First, the owner of Bumper Globe began by renovating a 100-year-old former Pabst Brewery building into a state of the art facility largely with recycled materials.  About half of the materials used were purchased from local salvage stores, craigslist & ebay (for a link to area salvage warehouses, CLICK HERE). Next, special attention was paid to the shop’s wastewater drainage pit by the inclusion of a special interceptor that prevents oil & brake dust from entering our sewer system and the bay.  Owner Kary Kuo explains that the city does not permit such wastewater to enter street drains, but that many people are not even aware of the restriction.  In addition to the special attention paid to upgrade the building, Bumper Globe practices hazardous materials recycling and reuses their solvent.

Bumper Globe is also in the midst of an arduous process of upgrading their equipment to adopt an eco-friendly waterborne refinishing practice. This offers clients a low (or no) VOC paint option. “We hope to complete the transition to all-waterborne product in about a year from now,” Kuo states.  Although the process is expensive and time consuming, Kuo recognizes the positive benefits of a healthier working environment.

In addition to promising to “restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition”, Bumper Globe also offers windshield and glass replacement, hand car washing and detailing.  For local reviews of Bumper Globe, CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in starting a green business or transforming your current business, check out this government site for assistance: http://www.business.gov/start/green-business/green-guide.html



New Baltimore Farmers Market Sprouts at the University of Maryland

The University Farmers’ Market will take place on Tuesdays from 10:30 – 2:30pm across from the main entrance of the University of Maryland Medical Center.  The market will offer fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers from organic farmers, naturally raised meats, artisan cheeses, and sustainable seafood among a variety of other foods from local vendors.

Market is at 22 S. Green Street, 21201

Market is at 22 S. Green Street, 21201



Baltimore’s Lemongrass Restaurant Offers Solid Vegetarian Takes on Thai Dishes
June 2, 2009, 12:54 am
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As promised in an earlier post (on Baltimore Restaurants who are limiting vegetarian options), I am starting a new category called “Bmore Veg”, where I aim to promote restaurants who do not exclude non-meat eating patrons.  Lemongrass Restaurant in upper fells point receives my latest commendation.

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Lemongrass Pad Thai Tofu, $9.95

Hip, elegant, modern, and fresh are just some of the common descriptors that can be found in a quick search for Lemongrass Restaurant in Baltimore, but I’d like to offer another one: vegetarian-friendly.  Herbivores will quickly find themselves at home amongst the slew of vegetarian appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts.  I certainly wouldn’t call it authentic Thai, but overall the food is tasty, the portions are fair and the prices are reasonable.

My vegetarian Pad Thai, pictured here, was a little heavy on the Tofu and it could have used an extra vegetable or two, but the dish was enough for multiple meals  and I would definitely have it again.  Lemongrass can get crowded on weekends, so I recommend going during the week and sitting at the bar for personal service.  My only complaint is that they do not have eco-friendly take out containers.

For a link to Lemongrass, CLICK HERE.

For information about how incorporating vegetarian meals into your diet is better for the environment and your health, find out more at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath: CLICK HERE.