Author: Tyler Bogartz-Brown

How to extend the growing season   The growing season of Chicago begins April 20th when the snow melts and ends the week before Halloween as temperatures dip below freezing. This estimate leaves us with 187 days of viable weather for food production. So how can we better utilize the 178 days of the year deemed ‘unfit’ for food production?    Below is a tutorial of the construction of...

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Visible Mending is a process of repairing fabrics that doesn’t attempt to hide the repairs made. Instead, the repair itself brings character and identity to what is being brought back to life. If you wish to recreate any of the repairs shown below, first read our blog post on basic clothing repair! This will give you a good overview of basic repairs. Once finished, return to this post.

So you’re interested in designing a place to grow your own food? Let’s do it! First, identify where you want your garden to be located.  This can be your backyard, front yard, porch, balcony, or even your kitchen window sill. Anywhere that is conducive to plant life. Factors of space and place are some of the most crucial in deciding how/what your garden will become....

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Ingredients: Rice Mushrooms Garlic Onion or Shallots Sweet Potato Fresh or Dried Herbs (Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil) Oil Queso Fresco Lime      1. Start by soaking your rice     2. While the rice is soaking, let’s get our veggies ready for the sautee. I decided to slice my mushrooms, mince my garlic/shallot, and kept my herbs whole :)     Mushroom/Sweet Potato     Garlic/Shallot     Oregano/Thyme   3. Now we’re ready for the action! In a large pan...

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Quarantine Cooking: An Introduction to Stew   Though the art of Stewmaking has few rules, any stew worth remembrance is likely a tight balance of vegetables, herbs/spices, liquid, fat, and sodium. Making good stew is a simmery sensation understood in kitchens across the world. Interested in learning to stew? Let me help you. Let’s start with vegetables. Just about any vegetable can be stewed, but some of the...

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  DIY Mask Making   Materials: Sewing machine or needle/thread 100% cotton tight-knit fabric Elastic Scissors Safety pin or hook Iron   1.   Wash your 100% cotton fabric in hot water and dry using high heat 2.   Cut fabric to a 15“ x 8“ rectangle     3.   Sew quarter-inch edges on both sides     4.   Fold inside-out     5.   Iron the folds we’ve just made     6.   Flip it inside out and create a fold about an inch from...

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