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Aliza Ess
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NY Times article on urban goats > are urban animals cost effective?
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John Russell commented on Aliza Ess's photo

Homemade Bread

"Hi Aliza, long time (VERY long time) no 'talk'. I've not logged into this deal in several years. How are you? And your bread!? Looks sooooo delicious. I wanna rip off a big hunk; maybe eat it with some honey-butter. YUM!"
Mar 20, 2013
Aliza Ess commented on Aliza Ess's photo

Essential Oil Distiller

"Hi all, thanks for being interested! I posted more details about distilling essential oils on my blog here: http://www.baltimorediy.org/2009/07/essential-oil-distillation-other.html I distilled rosemary from a giant bush of my neighbors....…"
Feb 20, 2013
Shannon Peterson commented on Aliza Ess's photo

Essential Oil Distiller

"Very interesting. Do tell....  :)"
Feb 19, 2013
Matt Volz commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'Biodiversity in Okra'
"Hmmm... Pickled okra? Interesting. We grew 4 or 5 rows of okra about 10 or 12 foot long this year. Sooo, needless to say we have alot of okra!! Most of it we blanched and froze either plain or breaded. Never thought of pickling it. I would be…"
Dec 9, 2012
Aliza Ess replied to Canningmama's discussion 'Speaking of venison---you won't believe this even after you read it!'
"Omg this story is amazing!!! I hope everything is o.k. and you are getting things straightened out now.   My boyfriend got his first kill a few years ago on a college campus in Baltimore City when a deer jumped over a parked car, got tangled up…"
Dec 6, 2012
Jennifer commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'Biodiversity in Okra'
"Thanks for sharing this—a great window on biodiversity in your neck of the woods. Cornelia emailed that cornstalks article around the office, and it was water cooler fodder all week. Pretty eye opening."
Dec 6, 2012
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Biodiversity in Okra

 This article is re-posted from BaltimoreDIYRecently two amazing Baltimore organizations, Blue Water Baltimore and Power in Dirt posted articles about biodiversity, the urban environment, and our foodsystems.What does okra have to do…See More
Dec 5, 2012
Aliza Ess commented on MisAnthrope's blog post 'Homesteading on Hold'
"Best of luck! The good think about the homesteading community is that it's a lot of work but the cheapest way to live, and perhaps you can barter or trade with people for needed goods or support."
Dec 5, 2012
Sarah K. commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'Small Measure & Cold Antler: Favorite Homesteading Blogs'
"Reading Jenna's (from Cold Antler) book Made From Scratch was what got me really interested in trying to grow my own food. It made me realize how far removed I am from what my grandmother did to get a meal together and made me wonder if I could…"
Oct 24, 2012
Aliza Ess commented on HOMEGROWN.org's photo

Meet Your Neighbors: Aliza Ess

"Wow, thank you so  much! I just got back from vacationing in the Finger Lakes and this was a lovely present upon my return home. Thanks for providing a community space for upstart homesteaders all over!"
Oct 22, 2012
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Small Measure & Cold Antler: Favorite Homesteading Blogs

Is anyone else out there a fan of Ashley English of Small Measure or Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler?Ashley English is a…See More
Oct 9, 2012
Aliza Ess commented on HOMEGROWN.org's video

Hop Farming in New Jersey

"Love this video!  Awesome example of a unique locally grown product creating a new product for market. And crowdsourced funding of course! I wondered how they were going to harvest all those hops... kudos on doing it by hand. Looked like a fun…"
Oct 8, 2012
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Aug 14, 2012
Aliza Ess commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'It's over 100 degrees right now... might as well experiment with solar baking!'
"Sharon, I am so impressed that you got this to work! Your tips were very helpful, thank you. I shared your photo of the solar baked challah on our Facebook page, it is amazing!"
Aug 1, 2012
Sharon Cousins commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'It's over 100 degrees right now... might as well experiment with solar baking!'
"Oops, didn't look at the dates.  Guess this is an old post, so maybe Aliza has it all worked out by now.:)"
Aug 1, 2012
Sharon Cousins commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'It's over 100 degrees right now... might as well experiment with solar baking!'
"LOL... I'm the opposite of Aliza now.  I hate it when winter rolls around and I have to pay if I want to bake bread!   I bake far more of our bread in summer when the power is free.   Solar breads are wonderful.  I…"
Jul 31, 2012

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Aliza Ess
A bit about me:
I've dreamed of the farm life or living on an Earth Ship, but believe that it's more important to stay with people in the cities & live a sustainable life here in the concrete jungle
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Homemade local strawberry jam smeared on Baltimore's best sourdough bread with yogurt
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Fav eco-books are Walden and Drop City
Currently listening to:
Animal Collective!
My latest DIY project:
Hosting a table at this year's Artscape (http://www.artscape.org/) with examples of urban sustainability projects like compost bins, container gardening, reusable packaging, canning, and solar ovens!
Web site I recommend:

My interview with the Baltimore Sun at Maker's Faire 09

I'm not sure if I can bring the video from the Baltimore Sun site, so I'll just post a link here:


Am reading my copy of MAKE 18 right now, and it's incredible. The laundry machine and urban homesteading book/blog recommendations are top of my list.

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Biodiversity in Okra


This article is re-posted from BaltimoreDIY

Recently two amazing Baltimore organizations, Blue Water Baltimore and…


Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:44pm — 2 Comments

Small Measure & Cold Antler: Favorite Homesteading Blogs

Is anyone else out there a fan of Ashley English of Small Measure or Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler?

Ashley English is a…


Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Summer Pickle Platter Recipes

Here in Baltimore, beets are being harvested and the green beans are finishing up. It's time for pickles!

This pickle platter was made recently for a friend's barbeque. The chopped up pickles are great alongside meat and/or veggie burgers. They would also be lovely mixed in a cold pasta,…


Posted on July 11, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Baltimore Mini Goats

Baltimore  City has legalized mini goats!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats are highly prized for their small size, ability to produce up to two quarts of high butterfat content milk a day, and their companionable nature.

These little guys are "wethers", or castrated male…


Posted on May 29, 2012 at 5:28pm — 3 Comments

Learn what kind of food license you need to sell your pickles, jams, eggs, meat, and more!

Here in Baltimore, we have learned that value-added products such as pickles and jams, dried teas and spice rubs, drinks, baked goods, and more can really supplement the income you earn to support your homestead or urban garden project.

Especially for our urban farm, where we want to…


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 2:31pm on July 16, 2009, Cornelia said…
Hi Aliza - welcome the HOMEGROWN.org! Love your pictures and would love to hear more about your Artscape table. We do something like it called the HOMEGROWN Village.
At 9:58pm on October 16, 2009, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
How exciting that you have burr oaks! If you have other trees with bitter acorns, you can soak them to get rid of the tannin.
At 8:17am on October 23, 2009, John Russell said…
Good morning Aliza, Yes... she is shaggy and beautiful. She is one of three purebred Scottish Highlands that I have. They look kinda wild to most people, but really they are a super mellow breed. Have a good day, John
At 10:47am on October 23, 2009, Cornelia said…
Aw shucks, thanks for the bonzai! I'm not so sure about the commerce end of these gifts...Do you think we should keep them active on the site?
At 12:41pm on October 23, 2009, Lizz said…
I believe it seeds very easy, before you know it, it will take over LOL Valeriania officinalis would be what your looking for. You don’t want to dig the roots until the second year. Currently my home smells of valerian, hope my party guests tomorrow don't mind !
Also cats and rats realy love the root so grow it somewhere safe:)
At 11:07am on December 30, 2009, Rachel Hoff said…
Ha ha, no problem! The only reason I know is because I live in California which produces 99% of the U.S.'s and 2/3's of the world's commercial walnuts. I always remember driving through the Central Valley as a kid looking at the "funny white tree trunks on black stumps." They graft English Walnuts onto our native Black Walnut rootstock.
At 4:45pm on November 23, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Hey there. Thank you for adding me as a friend Aliza. Looking forward to reading more from you AND catching up on your blog! Well, you and Chicken-Man.
At 2:02pm on June 15, 2011, Heather Skerl Spegal said…
The listening to the fan comment was a Gracie Allen moment. :D
At 6:37am on April 29, 2012, Phil McNeish said…
Thanks for stopping by my page and commenting on my endless chatter :~)

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