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Dirt and Vegetables in Detroit

This video follows Greg Willerer of Detroit Dirt and Brother Nature Produce in Detroit who is trying to help build a viable food system in Detroit. As part of those efforts he’s trying to create a local compost network (he’s involved breweries, coffee houses and even the Detroit Zoo — all of whom give the project their waste).

Maple Sugaring

It’s maple sugaring season, so here are some videos on how to tap the trees and produce maple syrup and maple sugar:

This is the whole process from start to finish:

Here miwilderness in Michigan talks about when to tap trees, what to look for in a tree you are considering tapping, how many taps you can make in a tree based on its size and how to tap the tree (he uses an electric drill) and so on.

Here vintagevideos2009 in Franklin, Wisconsin shows us boiling and finishing the syrup:

Tony Denning of Maple Leaf Farm in Canterbury, Connecticut talks about how maple sugaring quickly becomes an obsession.

Growing up in New England I used to think of maple syrup as a New England only thing, but now I know that its a Midwestern, Canadian, New England… thing… anywhere maples grow people tap them for their sap.

Build A $30 Bike Trailer

Alan Languirand who lives in Detroit, demonstrates his $30 bike trailer. He made it with steel electrical conduit, hose couplers and bicycle wheels. This is a big achievement because commercial bike trailers similar to this one can cost upwards of $100 in a store. Where I live, the starting price is around $200.

Bicycle Trailer from Alan Languirand on Vimeo.

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