Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:53 PM
The UHL Market Stand will be launching in less than a week! There are still lots of skillshare slots open, so please email me if you'd be interested in leading one. These will be 15-20 minute skillshares/demos/talks on a topic of your choice that relates to urban homesteading, sustainable urban living, or creative domesticating.
You don't have to be an "expert"--just someone who's excited about and experienced with the skill that's being presented. And don't worry if you haven't had a chance to attend an UHL event yet-- anyone can lead a skillshare. This project is really about tapping into the incredible knowledge and experience of this fantastic group and making it public and accessible.
In addition to leading a skillshare, all the skillshare leaders will be spending the morning (8:30-1:30) at the stand, chatting with visitors and answering questions. Leading a skillshare is a great opportunity to meet others in the group and to give back to the community. Skillshare leaders will also need to send me material for a "handout" to go along with their skillshare about a week before they present. This material will be combined into a free broadside that will be distributed at the stand.
Here are the dates of the stand: June 19th, 26th; July 17th, 31st; August 14th, 21st; September 11th, 25th; October 9th, 23rd.
Some people have asked me for ideas, so I've typed up a list of ideas below. But please don't limit yourself to this list! It's just a start to get the juices flowing. There will be a table top stove and a handcrank blender for you to use, if you need it.
Possible skillshare topics:
Food: canning tomatoes, making applesauce, making spreads and pestos, making jams, canning fruit, vinegar pickling, lactofermentation (sauerkrauts, kimchis, chutneys, fruits etc.), kombucha, home brewing, baking bread, no-knead bread, sourdough bread, making pasta, making crackers, making cheese, making yogurt, lactofermented beverages...
Garden: urban composting, vermicomposting, seed starting, interplanting, intro to permaculture, intro to garden design, intro to perennial food crops, water catchment systems, intro to urban fruit trees, natural pest control, soil preparation, making self-irrigating planters,
Urban livestock: intro to backyard chickens, bees, miniature goats, etc.
Household: green cleaning/homemade cleaning products, winterizing your home/making it more energy efficient
Clothing/fiber: clothing mending, basic hand sewing, quilting, knitting, making rag rugs,
Skincare: making your own skincare products: lotions, scrubs, soaps, lip balms,
Basic herbalism + home remedies
Introduction to foraging
Bike: basic bike repair (how to replace a tire, retool breaks, etc.)
Please feel free to email me with any questions. I hope to see you all at the stand!
all the best,