Lunch Social

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a meal together! Join us at Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park for lunch and a chance to get to know each other. 

We’ll also discuss our upcoming Permaculture Design Course here in Chicago, scheduled to begin in July, 2015!

We can talk about anything permaculture and perhaps plan a future event together!

6th Annual MLK Fod Justice Sustainability weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel

6th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend
• Social Justice at KAM Isaiah Israel Climate Change and Civil Rights
KAM Isaiah Israel’s Social Justice Committee presents the 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. The focus this year is ‘Climate Change and Civil Rights.’ The weekend long education and advocacy event will include workshops on social justice, food and environmental justice, conservation and restoration. The goal of the weekend is to provide participants with powerful tools for change and a heightened motivation to work toward a greener, more equitable and sustainable world. Where:
KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois Schedule of Events:
Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Friday, January 16
7:30 p.m.
Shabbat service followed by keynote address by Robert Nevel, KAMII president and founder of its award winning, nationally recognized Food Justice and Sustainability Program.

Saturday, January 17: Community Design Workshop
4:30pm – 6:30pm
• Breanne Heath, Farmer, The Pie Patch
• Rob Kartholl, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program
• Annamaria Leon, Manager, Edible Landscapes Department, Christy Webber Landscapes
• Elan Margulies, Director Of Teva, Hazon
• Ellen Phillips, Solis Consultant, CP Enterprises
• Michael Thompson, Co-Founder, Chicago Honey Co-op
• Robert Nevel, KAMII, moderator

Sunday, January 18: Workshops
10:00am – 10:45am
1. Brad Hirn, Manager of Workforce Development, Growing Home
2. Rich Futrell, Counter Culture Coffee, “Climate Change And The Future Of Coffee: A Discussion and Tasting”
3. Peter Zelchenko, Startup Consultant, Co-Founder, Unscrew U., “Lives of Privilege”
11:00am – 11:45am
1. Annamaria Leon, Manager, Edible Landscapes Department, Christy Webber Landscapes, “What Is Forest Gardening”
2. Ellen Phillips, Soils Consultant, CP Enterprises, “Creating Healthy Soils”
3. Doriane C. Miller, M.D., Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine, “I Can’t Breathe: Asthma And The Environment”

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Complimentary Lunch 1:00pm – 1:45pm
1. Sarah Lovinger M.D., Executive Director, Chicago Chapter Physicians For Social Responsibility, “Climate Change Advocacy: How To Improve Public Health”
2. Kelsay Shaw, Botanist and Owner, Possibility Place Nursery, “Urban Ethnobotany”
3. Sarah Batka, Program Coordinator, Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension, “The Value of Trees”
4. Peter Zelchenko, Startup Consultant, Co-Founder, Unscrew U., “A Lesson To Forget: A Cooking Demonstration and Discussion” 2:00pm – 2:45pm
1. David Coulter, Horticulture Adjunct Faculty, Triton College, “Permaculture And Woody Plants In The Chicago Region”
2. Jana Kinsman, Beekeeper and Founder, Bike a Bee, “Beekeeping By Bicycle”
3. Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, Neighborhood Programs Director Openlands and Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester, Openlands, “Keeping The Community In Community Greening” ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

A Two-Day Workshop

For Farmers, Urban Growers, and Community Gardeners


•· Improved Pest and Disease Resistance

•· Better Tolerance of Extreme Weather Conditions

•· Ability to Improve Your Yield by helping Plants at their Critical Points of Influence

•· Ability to measure the nutrient value of the crops you are growing using a refractometer

Learn from a lifelong farmer’s understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will present a 2-session Workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production.

November 1 & 2, 2014

9:30am – 4:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park Avenue – Community Classroom

Chicago, IL 60624

Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. Register: Two Options – Online or Mail-In Registration found on the Workshops page of the BFA website (

For Scholarship information, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator, Cell: 774-573-6804,

The High Bionutrient Crop Production workshops are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, we intend to establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products. Each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Those participants who provide their email will also receive periodic e-newsletters to supplement the workshop presentations. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop.

For Event Information: please contact Dr. Shemuel Israel, Co-leader of the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association and President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-5537, or email at

Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Basics of Edible Landscaping using Permaculture Design Principles

Edible Landscaping incorporates the use of ornamental and edible plants to create beautiful and productive spaces. Why separate vegetables and fruits from daisies and shrubs when you can have it all using permaculture design strategies.

Permaculture (“Permanent Agriculture”) incorporates the best agricultural practices found from all over the world to create gardens that, over time, require less labor and outside inputs. Permaculture gardens go beyond sustainable gardens to become regenerative gardens.

Want to save your back and some time? Spend two hours with us and learn how to apply simple edible landscaping techniques using permaculture design principles to your back or front yard gardens.

Taught by AnnaMaria Leon
Suggested Donation: Free

Please RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200.

Skills for a New Millennium: A day of Earth-Minded FREE workshops!

Sessions include:
Edible Wild Mushrooms, Art of Salve Making, Using Plants for Dye, Beekeeping, Permaculture, Backyard Habitats, Making Herbal Infusions, Rocket Stoves, Aquaponics 101, Sustainable Parenting, Raising Backyard Chickens, Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”… and many more! SKILLS FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM
Sponsored by Green Sanctuary, Small Waters Education and McHenry County Transition

Local Organizations are teaming up to share essential skills that will be useful in building resilient local communities. To help people prepare for economic uncertainty, climate fluctuation, and rising energy costs, they are offering a program, “Skills for a New Millennium” on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, IL.

This event is free though there is a suggested donation of $10

Art of Salve Making
You will learn the process of salve making from ethically wild harvesting a plant and infusing the oil to making a beautiful and effective salve. Also discuss the various wild plants in our environment that are useful in salves and their properties.

Saving the Planet One Yard at Time
Our gardens can also sustain our local web of life. From permaculture and restoration ecology, learn how our landscapes can be multi-functional by growing native plant communities.

Dye Plants
This is a simplified “how to” make fabric dyes from common plants in the yard, weeds and some kitchen supplies to create unique clothing, crafts and recycled clothing products.

An introduction to beekeeping including a display of primary equipment, costs to get started and list of suppliers, contact information for local bee club. Includes extensive Q & A!

Intro to Permaculture
An introduction to the principals of permaculture such as overall site design and integration, water harvesting, edible landscaping, food forests, self-watering garden beds and integrating animals into your design and landscape. Herbal Infusions
Learn how to make infusions of nettle, oat straw and red clover and discuss their health benefits. Samples to taste will be available.

Backyard Habitats
Learn about backyard enhancement ideas such as fruit trees, bird feeders-baths-houses, vegetable gardens, bat houses, bee keeping, owl houses, chickens, footpaths, and ponds. Also demonstrate the construction of a native bee nest boxes.

Rocket Stoves
Hands on session to build a real rocket stove!

Sharing the Journey of Transition
We are in the midst of a Transition from an Industrial Growth Society to a more Life-Sustaining Society. This group activity will energize and empower us by celebrating the transformations we are already experiencing. Intro to Aquaponics
Learn about building a backyard aquaponics system and about small scale commercial aquaponics. Creating a Sense of Place
Increase the quality of your life by creating a more meaningful relationship with your home place, and cut your fossil fuel use at the same time. Sustainable Parenting
Author of “Sustainable Parenting: Unlocking Our Human Potential” will discuss and share excerpts from his newly updated book.

Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”
This session will focus on cooperative business models, the why and how. Cooperatives will be a key to a sustainable future. The local Food Shed Co-op will be featured in the presentation.

Raising Backyard Chickens
This session will provide a realistic picture of raising a small flock of chickens primarily for eggs including brooding chicks, housing, supplies, predators and health issues.

Edible Mushrooms
Learn about Illinois’ common edibles, how to prepare them, laws pertaining to mushroom hunting, and how to avoid poisonous look-alikes.

Lunch Social

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a meal together! Join us at Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park for lunch and a chance to get to know each other. 

We’ll discuss the recent North American Permaculture Convergence in Minnesota this past August, as well as our upcoming Permaculture Design Course here in Chicago, scheduled to begin in May, 2015!

We can talk about anything permaculture and perhaps plan a future event together!


A Permaculture Primer (w/William Faith)

This FREE 3-hour primer is a great introduction to permaculture, ideal for those who are curious and want to know more before committing to a full Permaculture Design Course, or are simply interested in learning what permaculture has to offer.

We will cover permaculture ethics and principles, why we need permaculture, and show real world examples of permaculture projects.

This is FREE to the public, but we do request that you RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Radical Mycology: Spawning Mycelial Networks

Radical Mycologists Peter McCoy, Willoughby Arevalo and Maya Elson lead this dynamic 2-hour presentation on the uses of fungi for personal, societal, and ecological healing. Concepts of fungal ecology and mushroom cultivation are tied with the means for creating resilient lifestyles and communities to present a novel worldview based on the cooperative relationships found throughout the fungal kingdom. This workshop provides a grand overview of the skills and insights behind the Radical Mycology movement, providing a fascinating look into the many ways to that fungi can impact health of the people, societies, and ecosystems of the world.

(sponsored by Bionutrient Food Association- Chicago Chapter)

AUA Southside Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for August’s Movie & Mingle Night featuring acclaimed documentary Edible City!

You can also expect:

•  Presentation by Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

• Tour of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab’s projects.

• Craft beer from Sierra Nevada.

• Meeting and connecting with fellow urban growers!

All proceeds will benefit AUA and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

AUA is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.