Monday, April 13, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Workshop This Saturday

Psst...if you haven't heard the word
Fireweed Universe City is pleased to welcome
Fermentation On Wheels

Workshop & Culture Swap: Saturday, April 11, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ Innate Healing Arts Center and Goldengate Cafe
(across the street, 18700 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203)

Potluck: Sunday, April 12, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
@ Fireweed, outside 169 W. Goldengate



"Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels will hold a vegetable fermentation workshop at Innate Healing Arts Center and Goldengate Cafe, teaching the simple tradition of preserving foods through bacterial collaboration using local, seasonal ingredients. Whitsitt will share the benefits of fermentation and how you can creatively & fearlessly ferment in your own kitchen. This workshop targets novice through intermediate students, offering a thorough overview of the art of lacto-fermented vegetables.

There will also give a brief introduction on starter cultures (sourdough, kombucha, dairy kefir, etc.) and tour of the bus. Attendees may bring starter cultures of their own for exchange & discussion as well as bring an empty jar and take a culture home from the workshop.

If you would like to take a starter culture home with you, please bring something to trade or $10 (per starter culture). Additional donations support the continuation of Fermentation on Wheels Midwest tour.

Fermentation on Wheels is a charitable grassroots organization from Eugene, OR that provides free food education and inspires people through workshops, literature, and visual arts projects that raise food awareness and teach fermentation. The community organizes potlucks and teaches fermentation in a school bus that has been converted into a creative kitchen and workshop space. By traveling the country, visiting farmers and connecting them with consumers, Fermentation on Wheels hopes to make a powerful statement and emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values."







Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hello Dear Friends and Family of Fireweed Universe City!
It is with our great pleasure that we announce that we have applied and been accepted as a 501(c)3 non-profit!
What does this mean? --
As an officially recognized 501c3, we can now begin to organize, and formalize a structure to help facilitate donations, apply for grants, and continue to provide more resources, and opportunities for the community.  If you have projects within the community, and you need help with planning, fund-raising, and volunteer coordination please get in touch with us!



Our Current (ongoing) Community Projects:

The Boys with a haul of wood

Wood Collection An activity that Unites our Neighbors! Wood collection for firewood, building materials, and mulch is an ongoing project. If you have donations, we can pick them up! If you are in need up supplies, contact us for more information.

Free Store:
Garage sale over?  Unsold stuff?Don’t trash it; Don’t stash it! Give it away!Warm clothing (coats, socks, boots) are priority inventory. Our item donation program is taking place at 159 W. Goldengate. All items donated and distributed freely.



Gardening Planning/Seed Banking:


We are currently collecting seeds! After last

Michael happy as a clam on Christmas

weeks meeting of neighbors, we have plans for 4 gardens this spring. Crops grown and distributed will include Onions, tomatoes, various herbs, potatoes, grapes, corn, and other delicious vegetables.

Food Distribution:
We have been working within the community to coordinate a mass food distribution. So far it has been a collaborative effort with much success! (Meaning within a week of the proposed project, we were able to cook and distribute 50lbs of hot soup, for free). We would like to expand this project and make it a regularly scheduled, weekly event.
Bicycle and Gardening Youth Programs:
We are expanding our youth program.  As well as bike workshop days  that are currently ongoing sunday 10a-2p, we would like to include art and gardening programs.  Art supplies are needed, and we have been asking the kids at the bike workshop days to draw a picture of themselves on a bike anywhere they can possibly imagine. Donations for bicycle components and art supplies can be dropped off at any time by contacting us.


Shane hard at work as usual

We have also been keeping a list of kids that are interested in having/maintaining a singular tomato starter plant that they will be able to grow in  a small raised bed at their home. Eventually, these seedlings will be planted in our youth gardening space this spring right here on Golden Gate.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kids Bike Workshop Days

Join us the next two Sundays from 12-3 for hands on bike workshops! 

In efforts to get kids bikes out for the holidays, we are asking for volunteers that may be able to assist in a quick push to get as many bikes out before the 25th!We are a DIY bikeshop, so tools are not mandatory but helpful. **TRAINING WHEELS NEEDED**All donations are greatly appreciated.All skill levels invited and encouraged to come.Join us after the workshop for our weekly community potluck! Bring a dish to pass but most importantly bring yourself.



Friday, October 17, 2014


Meet Mary, and her daughter Claire.  Longstanding members of the Fireweed community, Ms. Mary is working hard to be able to purchase the home of her dreams in the Detroit tax auction.  If you are inclined to donate to this cause please visit the link below.  Ms Mary GoFundMe

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ten houses in the community use wood stoves to keep warm. In order to prepare for winter each household must have a steady supply of wood harvested and stored in a dry place. We are seeking donations of logs as well as materials for insulating the homes. If you would like to learn more about heating with wood or making your home more energy efficient please come down and investigate the community for yourself.  



Over the summer the Bike COOP's home was stolen from the community by ruthless speculators. The building has been boarded up and all murals have been painted over in drab grey only to be graffitied over again. Many people put in hard work to make this space happen and we thank you for your brilliant efforts. WE have moved the remaining bikes to a garage in the community and are still in need of tubes, tires, training wheels and tools. The current incarnation is a DIY setting with BYO Tools and KNOW HOW. We would love for someone to become the new BIKE MECHANIC and BOTTOM LINE the project.