You can now purchase the Soft Cat album online to benefit Whitelock Community Farm! Find it here. For more info, see the post below.
Soft Cat, a Baltimore based band, is generously donating 100% of the online sales of their new album Lost No Labor, to Whitelock Community Farm. We are honored by their generosity and to be quite honest, are really impressed with the quality of their music. The album is ambient and melodic – think driving down a small country road at dawn during a snow storm, with a good cup of coffee in your hand. We will be sure to let you know when this album becomes available. But for now we just want to tease you with this press release!
After the release of 2010′s Wildspace (Friends Records), a darkened, dreamy collection of songs inspired by the thriving wilderness located in urban settings, Neil Sanzgiri took a year away from music to finish up his fine arts degree in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. What started as a bedroom recording project grew into a baroque ensemble consisting of horns, flutes, cello, violin, banjo, classical and electric guitar. For the majority of Soft Cat’s early existence it was rare to see them perform anything but acoustic, playing anywhere from farms and backyards to living rooms and art galleries.
In February of 2013, Soft Cat returns with Lost No Labor, an album that marks a step forward in Soft Cat’s sound pushing the delicateness of arrangements and the richness of tones to a much more mature level. With the live formation constantly rotating from members traveling in-between cities, Soft Cat at its core has become Neil Sanzgiri, Kate Barutha and Brendan Sullivan and features members of other Baltimore bands such as Secret Mountains, Small Sur, Strange Fur, Wing Dam, and Weekends. Drawing upon that flux in geography, Soft Cat’s Lost No Labor attests to the band’s scale and warmth and marks and shows a steady progression towards a follow up to Wildspace that has taken nearly two years.
Lost No Labor is with Human Kindness Overflowing, a non-profit record label that supports humanitarian efforts through online donations from record sales. All proceeds from Lost No Labor will go toward Whitelock Community Farms in Baltimore, MD, which supports the Baltimore community through sustainable fresh food sources formed on an abandoned lot in the neighborhood of Reservoir Hill.
Reservoir Hill – “Grow it, Eat it, Sell it” Mentorship
In 2013 Whitelock Community Farm will be partnering with Baltimore City Master Gardeners and CGRN (Community Greening Resource Network) to hold vegetable gardening and business classes in Reservoir Hill and connect three Reservoir Hill residents (trainees) with Master Gardening mentors and resources for FREE.
- Gardening classes- Held at JEH Recreation Center, Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:45pm, March 14 – April 18th. Topics include:
- Healthy dirt and compost
- Garden design and layout
- Vegetables and their growing needs
- Making the most out of your garden
- Planting crops and garden maintenance
- Managing pests
- Classes led by Baltimore City Master Gardeners
- Trainees will receive a binder full of resources and helpful tips
- Trainings on how to market and sell produce to be held in the fall of 2013
Getting the garden started
- Access to a garden plot in one of the neighborhood community gardens, if gardening space is needed.
- Free soil testing, soil amendments, seedlings, seeds, access to tools, and water.
- A one-on-one Master Gardening mentor to help with planning the garden and troubleshooting. The mentor will not do the physical labor for the trainee but will be available to answer question, advise, check in and connect the trainee with helpful resources.
- Trainees will be able to sell their produce in the neighborhood next to the Whitelock Community Farm stand on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm.
- We ask that trainees share their knowledge and veggies with other. It is our hope that 1st year trainees become 2nd year mentors to sustain the program.
Trainees will be selected from an application process based on their 1) interest in learning how to garden, 2) need, 3) ability and 4) capacity to succeed.
Interested in applying? Contact Elisa at email@example.com or (410) 205 – OKRA  by March 1, 2013.
Sign up for The Whitelock Community Farm CSA
Our CSA will run for 20 weeks from May – September.
Members will receive 5-6 items each week in their share for a total of $350 for 20 weeks.
We are offering a 20% discount for SNAP/EBT or WIC recipients.
Please fill out the attached application and send it back to Whitelock Community Farm. Space is limited so sign up today.
This year Butterbee Flower Farm will be farming with us at Whitelock Community Farm. You can add a flower share to complement your veggie CSA. Each week Butterbee Farm will provide a bouquet of flowers (See flower share application for more info) Fill out the application and send in your check to reserve your CSA. Our CSA fills up early in the season so don’t delay!
Please send applications, payments and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Whitelock Community Farm 2254 Linden Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217. Also feel free to call us at (410) 205 – OKRA, that’s 410-205-6572.
2013 CSA application
Here’s an example of a weekly flower share from Butterbee Farm.
Don’t worry if you missed the greens cook-off on Sunday. You can still get cookin for the Chilibrew on October 26th. This chilibrew will benefit Whitelock Community Farm, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and Indypendent Reader. Bring your homebrew or chili to support the Charm City organizations you love!
The harvest fest is happening rain or shine. We have huge tents to all huddle under. Come between 1-2:30pm to taste the greens!