April 17, 2013
Earth Day is coming up on Monday, but Earth Week is already upon us, and there are myriad ways to get your “green” on locally. The Center for a Livable Future has a hand in a couple of them, namely Chesapeake Bay Week at Maryland Public Television (MPT) and Baltimore Green Week, and in both cases we are highlighting more sustainable ways of producing food.
1. FILM SCREENING: Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?
The CLF-produced film about sustainable food animal production, Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?, is being broadcast on MPT on Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m., part of a lineup of 12 films that celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and highlight issues that are critical to its fate. Out to Pasture profiles several farmers who are striving to be more sustainable by raising chickens, hogs and dairy cows in what has become an unconventional fashion – outdoors and in diversified systems.
What: Watch educational film about alternative food animal production
When: Tuesday, April 23; 9:30 p.m.
Where: Maryland Public Television
2. FARM TOUR: CLF Aquaponics Farm
CLF’s contribution to the 10th annual Baltimore Green Week is to offer tours of its Aquaponics Project at Cylburn Arboretum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant farming), using fish waste as fertilizer and plants as water filters. The project is at 4915 Greenspring Ave., in Northwest Baltimore. Find directions here. Normally it is only open for tours on Wednesdays from 10 to noon, so take advantage of this weekend opportunity to see it.
This Saturday’s aquaponics tours at Cylburn are also affiliated with a national event called the Tour de Tanks, organized by the Aquaponics Association. About three dozen aquaponics facilities around the country are opening their doors to educate and inspire the public.
What: Tour a working aquaponics farm
When: Saturday, April 20; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Cylburn Arboretum; 4915 Greenspring Ave.; Baltimore, MD