2019 Lecture Schedule

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11 AM - Celebration

A special celebration marking the completion of the project for the preservation of exterior of the historic Winans Chapel will begin at 11:00 am. The long-standing partnership between the Baltimore Herb Festival and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks has been the foundation for this major preservation effort. This accomplishment was made possible with generous support from many sources: proceeds from the annual Herb festival, major grants from six sources, and contributions from over thirty organizations and individuals. Come and check out the newly preserved exterior of this historic treasure.
Ed Orser 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM - The Winans Chapel: Preserving Leakin Park's Historic Legacy

For over a century and a half the Winans Chapel has served as a landmark structure--an architectural gem, one of the few regional examples of the distinctive Carpenter Gothic style. Originally erected by Thomas and Celeste Winans to serve the workers on their Crimea estate, it subsequently became the gateway to the historic section of Baltimore City’s Leakin Park.

After the Winans Chapel weathered the mid-20th-century threat from a proposed expressway, a band of opponents in that fight organized the Baltimore Herb Festival, with one of its principal missions to use proceeds from the event for the care of the chapel. The 2019 Baltimore Herb Festival celebrates completion of a major project to preserve the structure’s exterior, made possible by a wide range of public and private grants and contributions.

Ed Orser is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at UMBC, where he was one of the founding faculty members. His publications on area sites include Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park (in The Gwynns Falls: Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay), Catonsville (Catonsville, 1880-1940: From Village to Suburb), and Edmondson Village (Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Edmondson Village Story).

Speaker: Ed Orser
Michael Judd 12:30 PM - Herbs in the Food Forest

Food forests are intentionally designed mini ecosystems that provide a cornucopia of benefits and harvests. Join permaculture and edible landscape designer Michael Judd in exploring the role of herbs in diversifying landscapes, with a special focus on the wonders of Anise Hyssop – the herb of the year.

Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole-system designs throughout the Americas for nearly two decades, focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design. His projects increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. He is the founder of Ecologia Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international nonprofit supporting agro-ecology research.

Michael is the author of ‘Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist’ a popular how-to manual on creating productive and beautiful landscapes. The Judd’s Long Creek Homestead in the Appalachian foothills of Frederick Maryland is 25 acres of mixed woodland, food forests, gardens, and nursery designed for experimentation and education. To learn more please visit www.ecologiadesign.com.

Speaker: Michael Judd

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