The Resilient Pantry – Lorrie Delehanty – November 12, 2012
Lorrie shared a wealth of information about how to plan and stock your pantry. She has compiled a fantastic resource document that includes storage methods, pros and cons for different types of stored food, resource links and MUCH more. Click here for Lorrie’s pantry resource document (PDF). Click here to learn more about shelf life for long term food storage.
The Art of Simpling: Creating salves, creams and other natural goodies with herbs – Cynthia Johnston of MoonMaid Botanicals – October 8, 2012
Cynthia whipped up a collection of salves and creams right before our eyes, showing us that it’s possible (even easy with practice!) to create herbal remedies with home equipment. Click here to see Cynthia’s recipe booklet, “The Art of Simpling” (PDF). Visit MoonMaid Botanicals to learn more about Cynthia and her wonderful, organic herbal products.
How to clean your refrigerator coils
A skill share video from Bob Fenwick
Rocket Stoves and DIY Camping Stoves – Peter Richardson & Joanie Freeman – September 10, 2012
Joanie demonstrated the Penny Alcohol Stove, an ultralight camping stove you can make at home with 2 beer or soda cans. Click here for instructions. Peter led the class through construction of a rocket stove using repurposed cans. You can check out the instructions on Instructables.
Self-Watering Plant Containers – Peter Richardson – August 13, 2012
Peter led the class through the steps of assembling a plant container that uses its own built-in water reservoir to keep those plants healthy & happy. He used the plans from Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (a FANTASTIC and highly recommended book). You can read similar plans online at Mother Earth News (excerpted from another wonderful book, The Urban Homestead).
Bike Maintenance – Scott Paisley – July 9, 2012
Scott showed us how to do the “bounce test” (a pre-ride check that helps detect loose bearings and other small problems), how to adjust those loose bearings, how to fix a flat tire, and how to lubricate the chain – among many other bits of wisdom. You can watch his Fix That Flat video on the Blue Wheel Bicycles website. Scott also teaches a four-part repair class; to find out when the next class is scheduled, follow Blue Wheel Bicycles on Facebook or stop by the shop and ask.
Homemade Cleaning Supplies – Joanie Freeman – June 11, 2012
Joanie shared a list of vinegar cleaning tips & tricks from Grandma’s Wisdom. Local blogger Madeleine of Get Clean, Girls attended the class – you can find more recipes in her blog post “DIY Cleaning Class”
Indoor Vermiculture – Drew Moore – May 7, 2012
Click here to download Drew’s Indoor Vermiculture Info Sheet (PDF). C-ville Weekly’s Green Scene shared a photo from our vermiculture skill share in the May 15 issue. Thanks, C-ville! And special thanks to Bob Fenwick for capturing the fun on video. Check it out below.