DIY Demo Booths
The theme of Do-It-Yourself Demo Tent is “Local All Year Round.” This volunteer-run portion of the event requires experts in a variety of areas related to food, urban homesteading, living green, environmental sustainability, etc., to share their skills with the eaters of Boston Local Food Festival. Volunteer presenters were given a free 30-60 minute slot to share tips. Boston Local Food Festival is excited to offer the Do-It-Yourself Demo Tent this year on The Rose Kennedy Greenway!
2012 Do-It-Yourself Schedule
DIY PROGRAM STAGE 1:
11:15am-12:00pm: “Backyard Chickens 101” with Khrysti Smyth of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens
12:15pm-12:45pm: “Home Composting” with Everett Hoffman of Bootstrap Compost
1:00pm-1:45pm: “Home Pickling- Kim Chi & Sauerkraut” with Kimi Ceridon, Urban Homesteader
2:00pm-2:45pm: “Home Beer Brewing” with Erik Baxstrom of Homebrew Emporium
3:00pm-3:45pm: “Cooking Local Food Year Round” with Mary Knudson of Kitchen Surfing
DIY PROGRAM STAGE 2:
12:00pm-1:00pm: “Bringing Sound Science and Sustainability to Your Plate, Delectably” with P.K Newby of The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen
1:00-2:00pm: “Eating Seasonally to Cultivate Radiant Health” with Amy Jo Gengler of Flourish Boston
2:15-3:15pm: “Nettles and spearmint and lemon verbena – oh my!” Herbal infusions with JJ Gonson and Angela Gaimari of Cuisine en locale
3:30-4:00pm: “Home-Brewing Kombucha” with Annabelle Ho of Kombucha Fuel
Kimi Ceridon – Pickling
Kimi is an Urban Homesteader who raises her own chickens, has two bee hives and has an awesome organic garden that supplies her family with food for the summer. Kimi will demonstrate the basics of making your own lacto-fermented Kim-chi (and sauerkraut by extension). It is a simple demo to show how to do a jar fermentation. I have been doing saurkrauts and kim-chis for the past few years. It is easy, but can be intimidating.
Annabelle Ho – Home-Brewing Kombucha, www.kombuchafuel.com
The demonstration will cover the basics of home-brewing and bottling the fermented tea, kombucha, so that people know how to prepare it at home. Numerous health benefits have been attributed to kombucha, including boosting the immune system, reducing blood pressure, and aiding digestion. Kombucha is also said to have probiotics and detoxifying effects. Annabelle has been home-brewing and teaching kombucha demos for three years. Her blog, kombuchafuel.com, offers home-brewing recipes and tips.
Amy Jo Gengler - Eating Seasonally to Cultivate Radiant Health www.flourishboston.com
Take charge of your health by learning how eating local, seasonal, sustainable food, and using ‘food as medicine’ will lower your healthcare bill, and help you feel better than ever! Join local Acupuncturist and Nutritional Counselor, Amy Jo Gengler, to learn how eating seasonally helps you build a strong body, become more resistant to illness, and cultivate radiant health.
JJ Gonson, Cuisine En Locale – Local Food Year Round & Preserving your Food
Nettles and spearmint and lemon verbena – oh my! Herbal infusions bring vitamins and sunshine into the winter months. Hot, cold, honey sweetened or a little spicy, what you drink is as important as what you eat. And the good news is: everything you need to make tasty and healthful beverages grows locally. Sip and learn with JJ Gonson and her band of kitchen gypsies as they explore the wild world of infused beverages – your key to health and vitality throughout the winter months.
Mary Knudson, kitchensurfing.com – Local Food Year Round
Mary will demonstrate a few local / seasonal dishes prepared by one of our Kitchensurfing chefs focused on sustainability.
Amy Traverso – Apple Recipes & Cookbook signing
Amy Traverso is the senior lifestyle editor at Yankee magazine. Her first book, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, won a 2011 Best Cookbook award in the “American” category by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Previously, she was food editor at Boston magazine and an associate food editor at Sunset magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Salon.com, and Travel & Leisure, and she has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. She was recently named one of Boston’s “Ultimate Tastemakers” by Boston Common magazine.
Erik Baxstrom, Homebrew Emporium – Beer Making
Khrysti Smyth, Yardbirds Backyard Chickens – Backyard Chicken Keeping
A lifetime local-food advocate who believes you can’t get much more local than your own backyard, Khrysti added a flock of chickens to her garden in 2009 and almost immediately began sharing her research and experience with others in the form of classes, seminars, and kids’ programs. This past summer, she realized that this passion needed to be a fully-fledged business (Get it? Fledged? Because it’s about birds!), and launched Yardbirds Backyard Chickens to help “bring all the chicks to your yard”. She has been featured on NPR, Animal Planet, and in a variety of local news media, and has been an expert consultant for the Cities of Somerville and Boston, recently helping Somerville become the first city in Massachusetts to pass an Urban Agriculture Ordinance. As part of the Boston Local Food Festival, Khrysti will present a short Backyard Chickens 101 overview and answer any follow-up questions from the audience, then give you all a chance to meet a few of her “Chicken Ambassadors” in person!’
Bootstrap Compost – Home Composting
Everett Hoffman of Bootstrap Compost and Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm are giving a joint demonstration about composting, local agriculture and their partnership. Everett, a long time and passionate composter will speak about the importance of compost and demonstrate the “behind the scenes” of Bootstrap. Jim, owner of Buckle Farm in Dighton, will demonstrate how he uses the food scraps collected by Bootstrap to grow nutritious natural fertilizer to feed his crops- and how you can do it at home.
We are currently recruiting for the 2012 Do-It-Yourself Tent! Fill out the application here: 2012 DIY Tent