PASA Western Region Potluck

Mon., Dec. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

The Poinsettia Story

Tues., Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Department of Making + Doing Gallery Exhibition

Thurs., Dec. 18, 5 to 7 p.m.






Come Party With Grid and the Sustainable Business Network

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are in full holiday mode here at Grid magazine. And you're invited to join us! We once again paired with the Sustainable Business Network to host our third annual December issue release and holiday party from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Reading Terminal Market.

Light hors d'oeuvres graciously provided by Reading Terminal Market vendors will be served and beverages will be provided by Yards Brewing Co., and Philadelphia Distilling. At the party, you can pick up our December issue, which also carries the 2015 SBN Directory, featuring more than 400 sustainable businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region. This is a free event, but we are hoping our guests can generously donate $5 to help defray costs when they register online

So come mingle with Grid and SBN, grab an issue and help welcome the holiday season at the wonderful Reading Terminal Market. See you there!  


Cranberries as You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Philadelphia-based video producer and journalist Nicole Cotroneo Jolly and her husband produce the web-based food education series, "How Does it Grow?," where they investigate where our food comes from, one crop at a time. The newest episode is all about cranberries, filmed in the New Jersey Pine Barrens using drones and underwater cameras, producing some of the most compelling content about cranberries you've ever seen. Watch the video below and this Thanksgiving you can tell friends and family where those cranberries came from.
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Gift Course

This holiday season, ditch the pre-made treats
and make something from the heart

Last winter, a friend gave me a jar of tomato jam. It was delicious, but the fact that it was an unexpected treat made it even sweeter. It served as a reminder of the particular joy of pressing something homemade into the hands of a friend. Here are three recipes that make it easy, and they work just as well for assembling a contribution to a holiday potluck.

To make homemade crackers a snap, use a pasta maker to roll out the dough. Apple cider cranberry mustard makes a charming gift alongside a chunk of cheddar, and this easy tapenade goes from ingredients to jars—or table—in minutes.

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Dust to Dust

A local project commemorates the loss
of a beloved home in Mantua

Illustration by Kathleen White

If you’re like me and you live in Philadelphia, chances are you did not build your own home. So, what you call “your” kitchen or “your” bedroom was actually someone else’s kitchen and bedroom before you moved in. Imagine flipping through a complete stranger’s photo album filled with cherished pictures of Thanksgiving dinners and shoveling out the car in front of the house, but the house they’re in front of is now yours. And the Thanksgiving dinner was going on in what is now “your” dining room. 

I think about this a lot: the recycling of our homes and the gradual accumulation of personal histories they have silently sheltered over generations. This simple premise is the basis of a project I’ve been involved in called Funeral for a Home

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Philadelphia Author Nic Esposito to Read from His Newest Book 

The Head & the Hand Press founder and Seeds of Discent author Nic Esposito has turned his tales about living on a small urban homestead in Kensington into his first work of nonfiction—Kensington Homestead, a collection of essays that center around growing food in a city.

After finishing Seeds of Discent in 2011, which chronicles urban farming in Philadelphia, Esposito promised himself that he'd written his first and last book about farming in a city. Then he moved from West Philadelphia to the working class neighborhood of Kensington. There, along with his wife Elisa, they manage the Emerald Street Urban Farm (and a dog, two cats, four chickens and some bees.) He's dealt with rogue bee swarms and chicken kills that have gone awry, but his essays hone in on his rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. It was these experiences that led to his newest venture. 

The Head & The Hand Press, a craft publishing company, is teaming up with Johnny Brenda's to debut the essay collection on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Doors open at 8 p.m. and Esposito's reading begins at 8:30 p.m. After the reading, there will be a Head & The Hand house band lineup led by band leader Rob Berliner of Hoots and Hellmouth. Brave the cold to support a local author and urban farmer. Tickets are $10 at the door and books will be sold for $10 during the show. For more information, visit Head & The Hand Press


"Is Nic Esposito a farmer who writes, or a writer who farms?
Either way, he's a first-rate storyteller,
and you can expect to see his passion for words
and farming on full display
Kensington Homestead." - Alex Mulcahy, publisher of Grid