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MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend

Climate Change and
Where We Live

January 19 & 20, 2019

KAM Isaiah Israel's Food Justice and Sustainability Committee presents the 10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. The Saturday and Sunday program includes workshops by leading growers, environmentalists and social justice activists. 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.

All events are held at KAM Isaiah Israel and are free of charge and open to the public.

Saturday, January 19 
4:00 PM | Community Design Workshop:
Reimagining a CHA senior living facility
  • Breanne Heath, Farmer, The Pie Patch
  • Marta Keane, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator, Will County
  • Annamaria Leon, Co-founder, Homan Grown
  • Aaron Levine, KAM Isaiah Israel Farm and Food Forest School Director
  • Rebecca MacDonald, KAM Isaiah Israel Farm Manager
  • Ellen Sargent, Director of Sustainable Initiatives and Projects, Property Office, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Robert Nevel (moderator), Founder, KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Programs
6:30 PM | Reception


Click here to register for saturday

Sunday, January 20
10:00 AM - 2:45 PM | Workshops
10:00 - 10:45 AM
  1. Global Warming and Faith Communities: Can we make a difference? 
    Doriane Miller, M.D., Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality, Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine
  2. Think Global and Act Local: Civic engagement tools to promote urban agriculture as a Ward Ambassador
    Nick Lucas, Programs Manager, Advocates for Urban Agriculture
  3. A Smarter Bowl of Lentils: When and why vegan cooking reduces climate impact
    JP McIntyre, Personal Chef
  4. Chicago Safe Soils Initiative
    Andrew Margenot, PhD, Assistant Professor of Soil Science, Crop Sciences Department, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
11:00 - 11:45 AM
  1. Microgreen Production for the Winter Season Gap: Growing nutritious greens in flats in your home all year
    Zachary Grant, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, University of Illinois Extension
  2. Climate Change Advocacy: How you can make a difference
    Jen Walling, Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council
  3. Managing Urban Soils in a Changing Climate
    James Montgomery, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Studies, DePaul University
  4. Water Access and Management for Growers in a Changing Climate
    Breanne Heath, Farmer, The Pie Patch
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Complimentary Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 PM
  1. How to Dig in to the Local Food Cycle Year-Round
    David Durstewitz, Outdoor Farm Lead, The Urban Canopy
  2. Shifting Seasons: The results of climate change and the moving targets for planting and harvesting
    Kris De la Torre, Windy City Harvest Youth Farm & Short Course Coordinator
    Sam Vergara, Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Coordinator
  3. Eco-lawns: Building thriving, low-input landscapes with "weeds"
    Ryan Anderson, Community IPM Outreach Specialist, IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  4. Jumping Through Hoops: Back yard growing in the burbs
    Nicole Virgil, Hoop House Activist
2:00 - 2:45 PM 
  1. And Hedgerows Saved the World: Solutions for climate and other disruptions
    Dave Coulter, Horticulturalist, Osage, Inc.
  2. From Backyards to Balconies: Pollinators in paradise 
    Terri Reardon, Floriculturist/Plant Propagator, Lincoln & Garfield Park Conservatories, Chicago Park District
  3. Sustainable Composting in Chicago
    Ed Hubbard, Founder, Nature’s Little Recyclers
  4. Onsite Testing of Soil Samples for Lead (Pb) with an on site pXRF
    Peter Zieba and Josh Henkin, Analytics Lounge
    (Click here for info on how to collect a soil sample to bring in to be tested in this workshop!)

Click here to register for Sunday

All events are free of charge and open to the public. 
Schedules subject to change. Please check back for updates.
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