Peter Kalmus Talk: Low-Energy Living is Fun!

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On Sunday, March 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm climate scientist Peter Kalmus (our guest on episode 39 of the Root Simple Podcast) will share his experiences as he and his family journey toward a lower carbon footprint, focusing on how using less fossil fuels turned out not to be the burden one might expect . . . in fact, he’ll show how it has made life even better.

The second (optional) part of Peter’s presentation will guide the audience to calculate their carbon footprints, and discuss concrete ways to decrease their impact on the planet. Please bring a pencil, calculator, and information about your driving, flying, and consuming habits, including a gas and electric bill, to get the maximum from the workshop. If not available, Peter will show ways to guess-timate your usage. More info can be found at http://becycling.life.

The talk will take place at:
Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
300 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena
Sponsored by Transition Pasadena

Bread Camp at the Greystone Mansion

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Hey bread bakers, I’m part of a two day bread-centric cooking camp being held at the historic (There Will Be Bread!) Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. For more info and to sign up head over to the Institute of Domestic Technology.

March 28 & 29, 2015 10am to 4pm (a 2-day workshop)
Historic Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills
$495 – New smaller class limited to 14 students.

Includes ingredients, supplies, morning beverages and snacks, 2 fully catered lunches and handouts

After the smashing success of our previous two-day bread camp workshops we are offering it again! Announcing the Spring 2015 Bread Camp.

This all-things-bread immersion course will explore wild yeast, fresh grain milling, hearth-baked loaves, whole grain breads, pretzels, parchment crackers, tortilla-making and pizza dough 101. What’s more, many of our recipes will be baked in MOMO a wood-fired mobile bread oven! Don’t worry, home oven baking instructions will be included in your class handouts along with places to source the best flour, grain, equipment and tips.

Highlights include:
Assembling your own take-home wild yeast starter
Grinding fresh flour on the spot from whole grains
Mastering the art of baking by weight with a scale
Enjoying delicious meals the Institute is known for including a make-your-own-pizza bar and a DIY taco stand

Saturday
Bread baking basics: yeast, scales, grams, wheat, storage,
Tartine-style boule
Tortillas
Lunch: Taco Bar
Grain grinding
Wild Yeast Starter
Fermented Rye bread

Sunday
Pizza shaping demo
Shape boule
Shape rye bread
Parchment Crackers with a salt, seed and herb topping bar
Lunch: Make your own pizza
Baking of the Loaves

Instructors Include:
Erik Knutzen: Co-author of The Urban Homestead and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, co-founder of the Los Angeles Bread Bakers collective and a L.A. County Master Food Preserver
Joseph Shuldiner: Institute Director and author: Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living
Carmi Paulson: Carmi trained at Le Cordon Bleu, London where she received a Grand Diplôme in Patisserie and Cuisine. She further developed her skills studying with bakers from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco.
Michael O’Malley: Artist and bread baker, Michael’s work centers around ideas regarding social practice, community and sustainable art practice. He is currently growing wheat and taking his mobile wood-fired bread oven MOMO on the road for workshops and performances. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA. He lives and work in Los Angeles and the Catskills of New York.
Nan Kohler: Owner and Miller at Grist & Toll, the first commercial stone-ground flour mill to open in Southern California in eighty years.

Charles Eisenstein to Speak in Westchester

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Passing along what looks like a really cool event:

Charles Eisenstein — visionary, philosopher, social critic, and author is speaking Holy Nativity Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 P.M. Charles is giving a talk based on his latest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. In it, he sagely describes the emotional, social, civilization-wide “between” that we’re in right now. It’s the space between the old — worn-out, flawed, unfulfilling, and unfulfillable — story of what society and humanity is about and the new story of interconnection.

The talk will be preceded by a vegetarian potluck dinner at 5:00 P.M. in the Community Hall. There are “real/reusable” dishes and utensils as well as cloth napkins. Please help make this a zero-waste event.

In keeping with Charles’s “gift economy” concept, in lieu of an “entrance fee,” we ask that you donate a value equal to what this talk is worth to you. That might be $10 or $20 or $100. All funds will go to support Charles’s ongoing work.

You don’t want to miss this important event.

Holy Nativity is located at:

6700 West 83rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Nance Klemn is in Los Angeles and She’s Teaching Classes!

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Check out our friend Nance Klemn’s upcoming classes. Not to be missed!

February 19: An Herbal Mead Making Salon.
More info here.

February 21: Herbal Tinctures with Wild Plants
The workshop will be from 1 – 4 p.m. and will be held at Bailey Canyon in Sierra Madre, a lovely, lush, narrow canyon that extends way up into the San Gabriel Mountains. We will take a walk in the lower canyon, visiting and collecting some of the early spring growth (and possibly roots), then gather at a table in the park below to make tinctures using vinegar, alcohol, and glycerin.

Making tinctures is easy and preserves the essences of the plants for use as food and medicine. Plants have much to give us and so does Nance — you will go home with vinegar mother to make your own vinegars, and several tinctures.

Cost is $45 and space is limited to 15 participants, so put it on your calendar and RSVP now! I will send out directions and address for mailing checks upon confirmation.

CONTACT DELIA : [email protected]

February 22: Urban Forage Walk
More info here.

Bio
Nance Klemn is an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permaculture grower, as well as a consultant, speaker, and teacher. Based in the Midwest, she lives and works in a diverse neighborhood in the heart of Chicago, and is developing a farm on her land outside the city. She is founder of Social Ecologies, a nonprofit that focuses on system regenerating projects, including The Ground Rules, an urban soil- and community-building initiative using local green and food waste. Nance has worked internationally, lectured at art museums (including MOCA and the Hammer Museum here in L.A.), and produced art projects and installations related to soil and earth concepts.

See http://spontaneousvegetation.net/bio/ for more info and links to her work.

Earth Building Classes!

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Root Simple received the following announcement from the fine folks at Adobe is Not Software, providers of amazing earth building classes:

Upcoming Classes

  • March 27-29 – Joshua Tree Earthen Finishes Class: We have a great Earthen Finishes Workshop coming up just in Pioneertown, California not far from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park.  Taught by Kurt Gardella. the class is will teach clay paints, interior and exterior earthen plasters, stabilizers and clay-based techniques for improving the thermal performance of conventional frame buildings and cabins. Register before March 1st for a $30 discount!
  • Various Dates & Locations, Some Real, Some Virtual: The great folks at Adobe in Action more great online classes this spring!  For folks whose lives and locations make on-site learning difficult, Adobe in Action’s online classes are an incredible resource.  For those in New Mexico, head up there and take a live class on adobe conservation and restoration.
  • More Classes: Stay tuned for additional classes coming up in the fall – we’re looking to reprise our popular adobe basics class which will cover brick making, codes and basic adobe wall masonry.  We are also looking at having an horno workshop in Los Angeles sometime this summer.

Events

  • October 2-4 – EarthUSA 2015, Santa Fe, NM: A reminder that EarthUSA, the premier North American earthbuilding community event is coming up this October. The event brings together expert practitioners, historians and conservation specialists from all over the world for lectures, classes, and field trips in the center of American adobe culture. Interested in presenting?  A call for papers is out… submissions due on April 10th.

Elsewhere in California:

  • Buying Adobes in California: As a reminder, San Tan Adobe and New Mexico Earth are both shipping bricks to California. If you need adobe bricks and can’t make your own, both adobe yards will be happy to help!  San Tan’s adobe are also available in some San Diego area masonry yards.  We are also hearing tell of a new possible source near Joshua Tree – stay tuned!

Stuff we’ve recently gotten done:

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  • Waverly School Oven: Last summer, we finished a very handsome adobe and earthen horno with Pasadena’s Waverly School at their Farm.  All of the adobes were made on site by students using native soil, and they’ve been baking bread and making pizza with ingredients grown on-site!  It was great to work with such an enthusiastic group – cooking with dirt is more than mud pies!

Got something going on?:
Drop us a line!  We’re anxious to hear about new projects, preservation efforts, classes and folks doing recreational or professional adobe work in California.  There’s a lot of people in our community that we have yet to meet!
-AiNS

Erik on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks

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I’ll be one of the guests tomorrow (Friday January 9) at 9 AM EST on the Charlotte Talks Show on WFAE 90.7. The topic is “urban homesteading.” It’s a call-in show so save up those questions. Guests include:

Matt Kokenes – Founder, MicroFarm Organic Gardens

Laura Denyes – co-owner, Wish We Had Acres Farm

Dr. Dave Hamilton – co-owner, Wish We Had Acres Farm; Naturopathic Doctor, Carolinas Natural Health in Matthews

Erik Knutzen – author, blogger and podcaster, The Urban Homestead, Making It: Radical Home Economics for a Post-Consumer World and Root Simple; co-founder, Los Angeles Bread Bakers

The show will be available for streaming around noon EST here.

Foodcrafting 101

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I’ve been teaching bread classes for years now at the Institute of Domestic Technology. It’s about time I made note of this. The class I teach is part of a full day of classes that, in addition to bread, will show you how to make jam, cheese and ricotta. All this fun takes place in the haunted Doheny Mansion! There’s a class coming up in January. To sign up head over here. Gift certificates are available.

Sunday, January 4th, 10am ~ 4pm
Historic Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills

A 1-Day Workshop with 4 class sessions & lunch.

$195 {includes lunch, beverages, ingredients and supplies}

Unleash your inner foodcrafter. This full-day, hands-on workshop will prepare you to start making your own artisanal bread, jam, mustards and ricotta from scratch. Your d.i.y ambassadors/instructors will be some of the city’s finest food crafters.

The workshop includes four, 1-hour foodcrafting sessions, catered lunch and beverages. Each participant will be sent home with their very own bread, a take-home containers of cheese, bread dough, a jar of fruit preserves and a container of mustard. You’ll also receive the Institute’s signature instruction manual with recipes and materials/ingredient resource guide empowering you to recreate everything at home.

Foodcrafting 101 Workshop Schedule:

Bread Making:

Master the simple technique of bread making from scratch using the no-knead bread recipe from the Institute Director’s own cookbook. Learn about types of flour, where to purchase them, how to shape loaves and achieve the perfect crust. You’ll learn how to recreate a professional bread baker’s oven at home and produce loaves that rival accomplished bakers.

Cheese Making:

Get invited to better dinner parties with this easy technique to turn great milk into fluffy, creamy ricotta. You’ll be able to take home your cheese with some delicious recipes–if you can wait that long!

Jam Making:
Canning is back big time! We will peel, chop, dice and otherwise macerate whatever we find fresh and in season at the farmers’ market that week and learn how to turn it into jam. We will then learn how to can in a water bath and preserve our bounty for up to a year. After class, equipped with your newly-found knowledge, you’ll be well on your way to experimenting at home with other fruits. Besides, we all know someone with a tree of unpicked fruit that simply cries out to be made into jam.

DIY Mustard:

Good artisanal mustard isn’t necessarily something you’ll only find in a fancy jar from France. Crafting handmade mustard from scratch is as easy as turning on your blender. You’ll learn about different types of mustard seed, unique ingredient additions such as Guinness Stout, liqueurs, orange flower water, coffee or fresh citrus zest. You’ll have an entire flavor bar™ of spices, sweeteners and herbs to pick from as you create your own signature mustard blend.

INSTRUCTORS INCLUDE:

Erik Knutzen: Co-author of The Urban Homestead and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World and a L.A. County Master Food Preserver

Joseph Shuldiner: Institute Director, and author: Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living, Chronicle Books

Zach Negin: Co-owner of SoNo Mustard company

Kimchi Class with Hae Jung Cho November 15

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Kimchi master Hae Jung Cho is teaching a how-to class on November 15 at 10 am:

This 3-hour class is a hands-on experience where you make two kinds of fermented kimchi – napa cabbage (poggi) and radish (kkakdugi) – and one quick pickle. We then share a light meal of rice, kimchi, soup and other side dishes. You leave the class with three containers of kimchi and pickles that you have made, printed recipes and the know-how to replicate the kimchi at home. Fee: $75.

Anyone interested in this class should email Hae Jung at [email protected]. More info here.

Kimchi Class this Saturday!

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Chef Hae Jung Cho, our guest on episode 006 of the Root Simple Podcast is holding another Kimchi class on Saturday September 20th from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. in Koreatown:

The 3-hour class is a hands-on experience where you make two kinds of fermented kimchi – napa cabbage (poggi) and radish (kkakdugi) – and one quick pickle. We then share a light meal of rice, kimchi, soup and other side dishes. You leave the class with three containers of kimchi and pickles that you have made, printed recipes and the know-how to replicate the kimchi at home. Cost: $75

To sign up head over to Hae Jung’s Facebook page.

Worm Composting Demo at Summer Nights in the Garden

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Join Root Simple for a worm composting demo at the Natural History Museum’s Summer Nights in the Garden series this Friday August 28. We’re showing how to set up your own vermicomposting system and raffling off a worm bin. Plus it’s the debut of the new WormCam! Grab a cocktail and join us and KCRW DJ, Anthony Valadez. The garden is one of the best in California and the event is freeeeeeeeee. More info here.