2012 emPower Posi Music Festival

2012 is starting out on a high note for songwriters Dan Johnson and Roger Tomhave. Two of their songs were honored by emPower Posi Music. They performed the songs, Spirit Flow and Calling All the Children Home as well as other original positive songs at various venues within the music conference, including the main stage, late night pajama jams and song circles.

Community Supported Agriculture

vegetable box week 10

We’re in early winter here in Maryland with no snow to speak of, so far. It’s a busy time for the CSA as the farmers, Erin and I, and all the volunteers gear up for the Spring/Summer season. We’re committed to delivering local, certified organic vegetables (and fruit, flowers and herbs) to our neighbors in nearby DC and surrounding counties. We are marketing for an amazing group of farmers – the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. This will be the 10th year for Sandy Spring CSA (founded by Erin and Robert True), but the farmers of LFFC have been growing for generations.

Learn more about CSA in general and Sandy Spring CSA in particular. Click here to find a CSA near you.

Open Source Hardware

This 4 minute video is just too good not to share. TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski has developed open source hardware – that means he and others have built sustainable tools and machines at a fraction of the cost of commercial versions. His Open Source Ecology group identified 50 important machines that they think are essential for modern life to exist, things like tractors, bread ovens, circuit makers, etc. Then they set out to design an open source, DIY version of each that anyone can build and maintain. They call it the Global Village Construction Set.

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000)

Break World Record

breaking the record for largest uke ensemble

I’m doing my part to help Strathmore break the record tonight.

Strathmore is concluding its summer concert series with UkeFest 2011 and they are putting out an open call to DC musicians to help them break the Guinness World Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble. To reach their goal, they need more than 851 ukulele players to perform one song in unison on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. The current title is held by uke players at the London Uke Festival. Washington, DC will steal this most auspicious title at promptly 7:30 p.m.; uke players must register to participate by 7 p.m. Ukuleles will be available for purchase on site beginning at $30 from House of Musical Traditions.