NEC Spring News June 2016

NEC ABS newsletter June,  2016

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American Bamboo Society

The Good 

Bamboo in the Urban Environment Symposium hosted by University of Pittsburgh

40 bamboo engineers, researchers and advocates met at the University of Pittsburgh on May 5 to discuss the current state of international bamboo building codes. Summaries of research were presented by teams from around the world, and by the conclusion of the meeting a document called the “Pittsburgh Declaration” was created to direct future actions taken toward incorporating bamboo building materials in the urban environment.

The Bad

Lower Marion Township meets to discuss bamboo bans

Like other communities in the Northeastern US, Lower Marion Township is considering bans on certain types of bamboos. Bad bamboo experiences begin with improper planting and installation. The ABS’s mission to educate and advocate for bamboo has never been more critical.

The “We’ll Take It”

The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Chang discovers tasty bamboo shoots growing in her backyard

Setting aside her frustrating relationship to her uncontrolled bamboo, Chang learns from her neighbors how to harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh bamboo shoots. Not exactly a bamboo endorsement, but big exposure for a little-known treat in our region.




Bamboo Projects @ Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition

Simon Velez and Vo Trong Nghia showcase bamboo

At an exhibition that showcases the world’s best and brightest architects and designers, bamboo had a starring role in the projects of architects from opposite sides of the globe. Velez, a Colombian architect, presented “New Ways of Using Bamboo,” while Nghia  presented “Human-Meditation-Nature.


Another Bamboo Addition to Guinness Book of World Records 

That’s a big pen!



14 – 18 September 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Northeast Chapter

Registration form can be found here:

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, September 15


Tour :  to suburban Maryland to long-time ABS member David Andrews’ home and gardens (2 locations), and then to the United States National Arboretum to see mature grove of Moso,  which was planted in 1980 from seeds given by the ABS.

Price includes bus from Key Bridge Marriott Hotel (Rosslyn, VA) to 3 sites, lunch and return to Key Bridge Marriott Hotel.

Price for ABS members :  $45/ person

Non-Members : $85/ person


Friday, September 16

Location: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Rosslyn, VA

Morning Speakers :

Lynn Clark, Updates in Research (Iowa State University)

Sri Kumar, Defense Potentials of Bamboo (DARPA)

Nirmala Chontham, Nutrition & more of Bamboo Shoots (Panjab University)

Daphne Lewis, Farming Bamboo – Phyllostachys for Edible Shoots (Georgia)

Lunch provided on-site

Afternoon Speakers :  

Sonja Sheasley, Bamboo’s Role in the Natural Products Industry  (BumBoosa®/ NooTrees®)

Travis Hargett, Building with bamboo in Nicaragua (Peace Corps volunteer)

David Wang, Bamboo Bicycle Workshops and more (Beijing Bamboo Bicycles)

Noah Bell, The Asian Trail project at the National Zoo (Bamboo Garden Nursery)

Price for ABS members : $150 per person

Non-members : $190 per person

Dinner Party (optional) : $95 per person


Saturday, September 17

Bus from Key Bridge Marriott to Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA

Tour of Farm

Vendors and Demonstrations

Presentations/Workshops by:

Shanti Pierce, Bamboo Tea (Florida)

Mauricio Mora, Bamboo Beer (Mexico)       

Darrel DeBoer, Building with Bamboo (California)

David Wang (Beijing Bamboo Bicycles)

Noah Bell, Clumping Bamboos (Oregon)

Scott Ritchie (MD), MaryAnn Silverman (VA), Noah Bell (OR):  Controlling Running Bamboos

Qualla Arts & Crafts, Native American craft of bamboo (North Carolina)

JJ LaCourse, Bamboo Charcoal (HotBambu and Carbon Bamboo, Austin TX)


Lunch on-site, including preparation of bamboo shoots by Daphne & Nirmala

ABS Membership Meeting

ABS Auction

Bus back to Key Bridge Marriott

Dinner on your own. Georgetown or wherever

Price ABS members: $75/person

Non-members: $115/person


Sunday, September 18    World Bamboo Day at the U.S. National Zoo

Fiesta Day!

WBO tent showcases Bamboos of the Americas

With Eduardo Ruiz (American bamboos), Martin Mortera (DICMA Trade, bamboo constructions in Mexico), James Clever (art project with bamboo), Noah Bell (tour of Asian Trail)

Lunch at many locations throughout the Zoo – on your own.

Free.  All are invited. Transportation via Metro or your own way.


Do you love bamboo and love talking about bamboo? Then help us out! Help us by contributing to the newsletter, or hosting a meeting / garden visit, or posting on FB. Contact me and I’ll help push you along:

Many thanks for your continued support of the Northeast Chapter.



2016 Board of Directors


Susanne Lucas, NEC Rep to ABS Board


9 Bloody Pond Road

Plymouth, MA 02360-2201


Stephanie Ritchie


2282 Park Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211


Scott Ritchie


2282 Park Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211


Fran Bartholomew


750 Krumkill Road

Albany, NY 12203-5976


Whitney Adams


48 Bel Aire Drive

Mystic CT 06355-2002


Ned Newton


427 Horseneck Road

South Darmouth, MA 02748


Mike Bartholomew


750 Krumkill Road

Albany, NY 12203-5976


Anthony Poveromo


10 Yellow City Road

Amenia, NY 12501


Andrew Linn


2126 15th St SE

Washington, DC 20020


Ed Woolley


223 Victory Road

Howell, NJ 07731

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