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Strange Folks II At Ash Street Garden, Sunday Aug. 1st

Strange Folks II Presented By Baltimore Free Farm At Ash Street Garden

Strange Folks II
Sun, Aug 1, 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Ash Street Garden
3519 Ash St, Baltimore

Strange Folks II is a second installment of a combination potluck/folk music event at the Ash Street Community Garden in Hampden.

Ash Street Garden is a project of the Baltimore Free Farm. The BFF is a network of community activists in Baltimore, MD whose goal is to promote sustainability through urban agriculture and other progressive projects.  Their pilot project is the Ash Street Garden in Hampden.  It consists of numerous productive organic vegetable plots on land that was reclaimed, with the cooperation of the Baltimore City government, from vacant lots suffering under urban decay, trash, and crime.


Garden Party And Art Reception At Tinges Commons Sunday
July 28, 2010, 2:50 pm
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Garden Party And Art Reception At Tinges Commons in Waverly, Sunday 8/1

A public art show by Joshua Wade Smith and Beki Basch
August 1st – September 12th, 2010

Opening garden party – August 1st, 4-6pm

Tinges Commons


For Wayscapes, Smith and Basch will install a collection of wood-built, site-specific sculptures that investigate instances of collapse and invite place-based meditation. Wayscapes will open with a garden party on Sunday, August 1st, 2010, from 4-6pm. The party will include free food from the community garden and local farmers market prepared by Tinges Commons volunteers. All are welcome.

Tinges Commons is a community garden and collaborative public art space at the southeast corner of Frisby and 33rd Streets in Waverly, Baltimore. Tinges Commons is funded by the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, The Parks and People Foundation and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.


48 Hours To Go For Hamilton Crop Circle Pledge Drive

48 Hours To Go For Hamilton Crop Circle Pledge Drive

Support Hamilton Crop Circle.  Click on the Kickstarter link to the left and make your pledge.  This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by Thursday Jul 29, 11:59am EDT.  Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

Here’s what Hamilton Crop Circle in Baltimore does:

Local Composting Program
Hamilton Crop Circle works with area restaurants to collect compostable materials at no charge, reducing waste, while creating natural fertilizer.

Roof Top Gardening
HCC is developing a system of rooftop gardening projects in the industrial and mercantile sectors throughout Baltimore City to produce locally grown food.

Feeding The Hungry
Recognizing the need to provide fresh food to Baltimore’s needy HCC has forged a partnership between Our Daily Bread and the Baltimore Farmers Market to donate fresh foods weekly.

Educational Growth
By developing microfarms at area schools, HCC is educating young people about where food comes from, and how to grow it. The gardens are ideally watered by the school’s rooftop cistern. The vegetables find their way to the cafeteria and the science room.

POST UPDATE: When this call for pledges was posted at 12:00 pm on 7/27 the Hamilton Crop Circle had $300 to go.  They have since surpassed their goal -way to go Hamilton Crop Circle!

Code Red – Blogging Down
July 22, 2010, 11:05 pm
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Code Red – Blogging Down

From the Baltimore City Health Department:

July 22 2010.
Because of predicted high temperatures and potential danger according to the Baltimore Heat Watch Warning System, Interim Health Commissioner Olivia D. Farrow is declaring Friday, July 23rd, and Saturday, July 24th, Code Red Heat Alert days.

In observance of the upcoming Code Red days in Baltimore, Baltidome will again cease to blog for the next few days in an effort to do its part to reduce energy use.

The extra energy that folks use on code red days to cool houses, offices, etc. causes immense strain on our power grid and the environment and can negatively harm others.  Power outages, as a result of grid strain, ironically often effects those using the least amount of power.  It is not the HAVES, but the HAVE NOTS, who do not have cars, air conditioners or other means to escape the heat that suffer the greatest in blackouts.

Live Green Below Your Means

CNN reports that the richest 20 percent of people consume 86 percent of everything that is sold for private consumption. The poorest 20 percent consume 1 percent of it.

So, please consider doing your part.  Turn down the thermostat or turn OFF your AC and go to a neighborhood cool spot, don’t mow your grass and unplug your ipods and appliances.  CLICK HERE to learn how a fellow Blogger at Baltimore DIY Squad was inspired to downgrade her fridge during Baltimore’s recent hottest days to create a more efficient home.

Bmore Vegetarian
July 22, 2010, 10:29 am
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Would you like to spread the virtues of vegetarianism to others?

VegBaltimore is a great online resource for those who, not only eat vegetarian, but wish to spread it’s benefits to others. The site promotes Baltimore restaurants who support a vegetarian diet, advertises events for networking and lets you know about upcoming demonstration and protest events.

The next Baltimore activism event:

Saturday July 24:
Vegan Outreach after American Idol Live! Tour at First Mariner Arena

Please join Open The Cages Alliance to educate patrons and passers-by, and empower them to help animals by choosing veganism!

When: Saturday July 24, 10pm (approximate end time; show may let out later)
Where: First Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD
RSVP: Please RSVP for leafleting. Email Erin –
or call 443-802-9330.
*In case of inclement weather, please call to confirm. Thanks!*

For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.

Big Box Backlash – Citypaper Examines Opposition To Proposed Remington Walmart Complex

Big Box Backlash

Citypaper Examines Opposition To Proposed Remington Walmart Complex

From the Baltimore Citypaper:

By Andrea Appleton and Hannah Bruchman | Posted 7/21/2010

In February, city residents learned that a proposed 11-acre housing and retail development at 25th and Howard streets would include a nearly 94,000-square-foot Walmart. The news has since spurred a lot of dialogue, to put it nicely. Everyone from John Waters to Denise Whiting, the owner of Café Hon, has weighed in on the matter (the former con, the latter pro).

In fact, the proposed development has incited a hydra-headed opposition. While many of the affected community associations quietly negotiate concessions with the city and the developer, other groups have taken a more vocal stance. To date, the development has triggered the formation of at least three organizations. These groups run the gamut from those who oppose Walmart on principle to those seeking large concessions from the developer to those who take issue with the way the city is addressing the inevitable spike in traffic the development will bring.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.