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New Community Garden Gets Started Hampden

New Community Garden In The Works In Hampden

Baltimore native Billy Thomas has recently acquired several vacant lots on Ash and Baldwin Streets in Hampden through the Baltimore City Adopt-A-Lot program.  The Adopt-A-Lot program, established by the Baltimore Department of Public Works, allows community groups to adopt City-owned land and use it for community space.  Billy is working on creating a community garden space which he envisions as a “huge punk veggie garden”.

There will be a meeting this Sunday, January 24 at 3515 Ash Street from 11-4pm to discuss plans, get input and get involved. If you would like to be involved, but can not attend the meeting, contact Billy at

Kat Feuerstein, the Clean and Green Committee Chair in Hampden, is encouraging residents with items such as seeds, starters, soil, tools, etc. that they can contribute, to please contact Billy to make donations.  She says, “For those of you who are not familiar with this lot, it resembled a landfill before they arrived”.

As of last year Baltimore had 7,000 lots of various shapes and sizes available for the Adopt-A-Lot program. To obtain more information on the program, call 443-984-3961

For a guide on how to turn a vacant lot into a garden from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, CLICK HERE.

MICA Graduate Leading Permaculture Workshop In Haiti Dies In Earthquake

Flores McGarrell Dies in Haiti Earthquake

The Maryland Institute College of Art held a memorial service January 20th for Flores McGarrell, a MICA graduate, who was leading a Haitian arts center and permaculture workshop when he was killed in last week’s earthquake.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

The former Baltimorean, who was leading a Haitian arts center, died Tuesday when he dashed into a collapsing hotel during the earthquake to retrieve a computer that stored his records and artistic concepts. Friends sifted through the rubble for nearly a week to find his body in the coastal town of Jacmel, southwest of Port-au-Prince. He was 35.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

From an McGarrell’s story in his own words, compiled from an interview with Art21 (“Inside the Artist’s Studio: Flo McGarrell” by Georgia Kotresos, Aug. 28, 2009):

“I am leading a permaculture workshop [in Haiti], and we are slowly, but surely, working on a rain barrel shower sculpture for the center, a bicycle-powered washing machine, and a parabolic solar oven. … ‘Agrisculpture’ was a term I coined to describe my work, I could have more accurately called what I do ‘permasculpture,’ but … since my work’s end goal is mostly about producing food I went with agrisculpture, so that makes me an agrisculptor. I hope it’s a fast-growing genre with an agrisculpture department opening up in every art school by 2012 (every art student gets a little community garden plot instead of a studio?) because then I will be asked to come lecture everywhere … and I love to travel so that would be nice.”

Cycling in Baltimore
January 20, 2010, 1:02 am
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Cycling in Baltimore

Avid cyclists and aspiring city bike riders are recommended to keep their eyes peeled for this handy little green wallet card containing a wealth of information about bicycling in Baltimore.  The card has been distributed to area businesses and organizations.

The Resource Card For Baltimore Bike Enthusiasts has been created courtesy of Tour Dem Parks, a major fund raising event focused on supporting groups and organizations dedicated to improving Baltimore’s park system.

Below is a sample of some information contained on the card:

Baltimore Bicycle Organizations & Information

Baltimore Bike Club
Baltimore Spokes
Charm City Cycling
One Less Car

Baltimore Bicycle Shops

Baltimore Bike Works
Joe’s Bike Shop
Light Street Cycles

Hundreds Turn Out For 22 Green Job Positions In Baltimore
January 19, 2010, 7:33 pm
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Hundreds Turn Out For 22 Green Job Positions In Baltimore

Timothy B. Wheeler, a Baltimore Sun reporter, detailed the lineup of applicants for Parks and People 22 positions for green jobs in Baltimore in a recent article.  From the article:

The jobs, provided through the Parks and People Foundation, a local nonprofit, will focus on reducing urban trash and pollution fouling Baltimore’s harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

“This is a day of real opportunities for the people of Baltimore, and a day of opportunity for the Chesapeake Bay,” said Jacqueline Carrera, president and CEO of the foundation. The jobs pay $8 to $13 an hour to start, with benefits, she said, and most of the workers will be assigned to four teams working on planting trees, maintaining park trails, picking up trash and retrofitting storm drains to reduce the amount of pollution getting into them and ultimately into local waters.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

STEW, A Locally-Sourced, Maximally Organic Baltimore Food Event
January 18, 2010, 8:59 am
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STEW, A Locally-Sourced, Maximally Organic Feast Supports Local Projects

STEW is a locally-sourced, maximally organic feast that will take place for the second time at the 2640 Space this Friday, January 22nd at 7pm.

Tickets for the multi-course dinner are $10 and can be purchased at Red Emmas Bookstore Coffeehouse in downtown Baltimore at 800 St. Paul Street.  Proceeds from the event support local projects and organizations.

For more information about STEW, CLICK HERE.

If you miss this month’s feast, check out the STEW website for their next event.

Photo Courtesy of STEW

Out With The New, In With The New
January 15, 2010, 1:51 am
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Out…Elevation Burger at Harbor East

Elevation Burger has moved out of Harbor East, where, apparently, the chain could not make ends meet after less than a year.  Perhaps moving to another part of town, where another popular lunch joint with organic and enviro-friendly choices (Ahem, Whole Foods) isn’t already a few steps away, would be a better maneuver.


Looking for an excuse to ride the new Charm City Circulator?  Well, take a trip to Diablita Cantina on the newly developed section of Central Avenue, just north of Little Italy.  Diablita’s does not appear to be gunning for green business awards, but they do a lot of things right.

For one, the new owners of the space (also of Red Star) have made great use of the historic Holland Tack Factory building with their new Mexican themed restaurant.  By using reclaimed materials to design the restaurant, this section of the once industrial structure is transformed into a comfortable meeting space.

In addition to the thoughtful interior, Diablita’s wins praise for a menu including both meat and meat-less options and, with accommodating chefs on board, they can also provide plant-only tacos, burritos and a signature vegan coconut rice. -All you have to do is ask.

For refreshments, they offer the faved local Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA on draft and American solar powered Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Beer in bottle along with many others.

Last, but not least, Diablita’s margaritas are not the frozen commercial margaritas served in wide bowl glasses with a suckling straw, but each is made fresh with a hand press juicer and served, sans straw, in the perfectly sized cocktail glass.