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FREE - 5th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation’s Social Justice Committee Presents

The 5th Annual

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend

Tu B’shvat, Food Forests, and Sustainable Urban Design

January 17–19, 2014

RSVP Now for the Weekend's Events!

Friday, January 17

7:30 p.m. - Shabbat service

8:00 p.m. - “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract.” Keynote speaker Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago

Martha Nussbaum received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities. Ms. Nussbaum has been a member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. Her 1998 book Sex and Social Justice won the book award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy in 2000. She has received honorary degrees from over forty colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Asia, Africa, and Europe. In 2009, Ms. Nussbaum won the A.SK award from the German Social Science Research Council (WZB) for her contributions to "social system reform," and the American Philosophical Society's Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence. Her newest book is Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice.

Saturday, January 18

9:30–10:30 a.m. - Torah study led by Rabbi Frederick Reeves, followed by Shabbat morning service

4:30–6:30 p.m. - Community design workshop: An urban food forest case study, followed by refreshments

Join us for a community design workshop comprised of expert growers and planners, who will design a one-acre, sustainable urban food forest with input from the audience and community partners. The distinguished group includes Erin Dumbauld, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program; Ken Dunn, Founder and Director, Resource Center; Seneca Kern, Co-Founder of WeFarm America; Elan Margulies, Director Emeritus, Pushing the Envelope Farm; Dave Snyder of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project; and Michael Thompson, Co-Founder of Chicago Honey Co-op. Architect Robert Nevel, the founder of KAMII’s food justice and sustainability program and the synagogue’s president, will lead the workshop. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 19

11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. - More than a dozen workshops will be offered by garden constructors, material suppliers, environmentalists, and urban farmers from such well-known organizations as Urban Worm Girl, NeighborSpace, Openlands, Lake Street Supply, and Counter Culture Coffee.

Sunday 19 January 2014 Workshop Schedule
11:00am - 11:45am
W1: Doriane C. Miller, M.D., Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine, “Improving The Health Of Our Community: Partnering With An Academic Institution”
W2: Amber Gribben, Urban Worm Girl, “Indoor Composting”
W3: Rich Futrell, Counter Culture Coffee, “Sustainable Coffee”
W4: Breanne Heath, Growing Home, “Understanding Urban Soil And Compost: Creating The Optimum Growing Medium For Self-Sustaining Food Production”

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 1:45pm
W5: Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen, University of Chicago Hillel, “Fresh Food For The Poor In Jewish Tradition”
W6: Mark Moxley, Lake Street Supply, “Eat Food From Tree: Soils For The Modern Caveman and Cavewoman”
W7: Iccha Ra, The Reluctant Vegetarian, (Title TBA, cooking demonstration)
W8: Sarah Batka, University of Illinois Extension, “Resources For Urban Growers”

2:00pm - 2:45pm
W9: Rabbi Frederick Reeves, KAM Isaiah Israel, “Messianic Eating Made Real: Tu b’shevat And Judaism’s Vision For Ideal Eating”
W10: Daniella Pereira, Openlands, “Openlands TreeKeepers And The Urban Forest”
W11: Peter Zelchenko, Unscrew U.,“Bringing People Back To Baking Bread” (cooking demonstration)
W12: Kate Re, Pushing The Envelope Farm, “Illinois Fruit-Bearing Bushes And Trees”

3:00pm - 3:45pm
W13: Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace, “Land Trusts, Leases, And Lawns: Access To Urban Land For Growing”
W14: Brie Callahan and Margaret Hartmann, Corner Farm Chicago, “Seed Starting For Small-Scale Growers”
W15: Elena Marre, The Kids’ Table, “Healthy Cooking Demo - Quick, Easy, And On The Go” (cooking demonstration)
W16: TBA

KAM Isaiah Israel’s strong commitment to social justice is exemplified by its award-winning, nationally recognized food justice and sustainability program. Since it was founded in 2009, the program has grown, harvested, and donated more than 12,000 pounds of fresh food. In addition, KAMII’s social justice committee presents an annual program devoted to equal access to healthy food and sustainable land use in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All events are free of charge and open to the public. RSVP Here

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