january, 2019

20jan10:00 AM3:00 PMKAMII MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend

Event Details

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


January 19 & 20

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.

Sunday, January 20
10:00 AM – 2:45 PM | WORKSHOPS

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Topic TBD
Doriane Miller, M.D., Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality, Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine
How to Think Global and Act Local: Promote Urban Agriculture as a Ward Ambassador
Nick Lucas, Programs Manager, Advocates for Urban Agriculture
A Smarter Bowl of Lentils: When and Why Vegan Cooking Reduces Climate Impact
JP McIntyre, Personal Chef
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
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
Topic TBD
Jen Walling, Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council
Topic TBD
James Montgomery, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Studies, DePaul University
Topic TBD
David Durstewitz, Outdoor Farm Lead, The Urban Canopy

1:00 – 1:45 PM
Topic TBD
Breanne Heath, Farmer, The Pie Patch
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
Eco-lawns: Building Thriving, Low-input Landscapes with “Weeds”
Ryan Anderson, Community IPM Outreach Specialist, IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

2:00 – 2:45 PM
And Hedgerows Saved the World – Solutions for Climate and Other Disruptions
Dave Coulter, Horticulturalist, Osage, Inc.
From Backyards to Balconies: Pollinators in Paradise
Terri Reardon, Floriculturist/Plant Propagator, Lincoln & Garfield Park Conservatories, Chicago Park District
Topic TBD
Aaron Levine, KAM Isaiah Israel Farm and Food Forest School Director


(Sunday) 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM



1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615