Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Evolve Detroit: Listen to WDET 2:30pm Today! Detroit Abides on Local Economies Tonight!

Evolve Detroit

August 19th, 2009

“I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.” ~ E. F. Schumacher

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
We hope that this finds you all well. Our lives continue to ebb and flow and though we are sometimes a bit weary we're keeping the dream alive. This week we're joyfully celebrating Aya 6th month here! It is hard to believe how quickly time seems to be moving, but at the same time it seems as though we have lived a few lifetimes. We are changing, adapting & learning everyday and so thankful for our baby boy.

This Evolve Detroit serves to remind you of tonight's Detroit Abides. It is hard to believe that we've been sharing a movie in Eastern Market every month for over a year now and this evening is certainly one not to miss. We're honored to screen Michigan filmmaker Chris Bedford's COMING HOME E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy and are pleased to share that Chris will be joining us for our discussion as well! We'll also be joined by Jerry Belanger, one of the originators of Detroit's local currency, Detroit Cheers. In addition to celebrating the work of E.F. Schumacher, we'll explore the potential of expanding the use and strength of local currencies by fostering connections to urban agriculture and local markets. If you are unfamiliar with Schumacher's work, I've included what I consider to be a stunning meditative film from 1978, E F Schumacher: On the Edge of the Forest. Even if it is a busy day, I recommend giving yourself the opportunity to watch the first 5 minutes of this film. Angela and I have found it extremely inspiring.

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Gregg, Angela & Aya
Aya Eden & Angela at the Heidelberg Street Garden, July 2009

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This just in: Chris Bedford and I will be on WDET's Detroit Today around 2:30pm this afternoon. You can listen to a live stream of the program on WDET's site.

We also encourage you to join us on Saturday from 3-5pm for the first of our DIY Staples series. This important class, Recipes to Reduce Plastics, will help you to make your own staple items like ketchup, mayo, dressings and others that we tend to purchase over and over. You'll also be able to purchase local produce to make these recipes and avoid health hazards like high fructose corn syrup. The class is offered on a $20 - $10 sliding scale and will be held at the Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market. We're very pleased with this new direction for Detroit Evolution's food education classes and hope that you'll support our work by registering with Angela at or calling 313.316.1411. Space is limited for this one so please contact us today!

As always we want to thank everyone who has helped us out along the way! This week we offer special Gratitude to our dear friend Lisa Forzley for assisting us so much. We also want to thank everyone who joined us for our first LIVE RAW YOGA MUSIC BRUNCH last Saturday! This was an incredible event that we hope to recreate on a monthly basis at locations throughout Michigan. Please look for the next one and let us know if you would like us to bring this to your community!

We look forward to seeing you all out and about in the coming weeks! Our blessings to you and yours.

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg for Angela, Aya & Detroit Evolution

Weekly Events:

Wednesdays: SEED Wayne Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, 11am-4pm
Location: Wayne State Campus on Cass Ave
We keep fresh picked veggies all week by supplementing our Eastern Market Saturdays with SEED Wayne Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Your body absorbs more nutrients from fresh food. To assist in this, you can shorten the shelf life of your produce by buying less more frequently. Try to keep your carbon footprint down by biking or walking when you increase the frequency of your produce runs.

NEW! - Sundays: Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg
Every Sunday, 2-3pm - $15 Walk-in
NOTE: Your first week of classes at Practice Yoga are FREE!
Location: Practice Yoga
20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods 48236
The Evolution continues with our first weekly post-laboratory yoga offering. Gregg is honored to connect with the long time Detroit Evolution supporters at Practice Yoga to offer these Sunday classes. These Evolutionary Yoga sessions place emphasis on the breath and the expansion of consciousness rather than the perfection of form. Come out and join us this and every Sunday!

August Events:

Detroit Abides - FREE Transition Movie in Eastern Market
TONIGHT! - Wednesday, August 19th - 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market’s Shed 5
We’ll screen Michigan filmmaker Chris Bedford’s Coming Home: E.F. Schumacher & the Reinvention of the Local Economy and discuss Local Currency movements. Join us on the 3rd Wed of every month for this FREE event.

DIY Staples: Recipes to Reduce Plastics
Saturday, August 22nd - 3-5pm
Location: Detroit Flyhouse
Stop spending money on store bought staple items like nut milks, condiments & dressings. Learn how easy it is to make your own, reduce your plastic use and improve your health while you’re at it. Sliding Scale $10-$20 with RSVP to Angela at 313.316.1411 or required!

Look for our September offering soon & plan to join us for the Harvest Dinner!

Join the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm, for our second annual Harvest Dinner Saturday, September 12, to celebrate working together for food justice for all.

5 pm - A social hour in the garden with light appetizers and garden tours given by members of Earthworks’ Youth Farm Stand program.

6 pm - Dinner of local SE Michigan foods. The dinner will be comprised of dishes made from recipes submitted by several of our great community partners. The event features a conversation with long-time Detroit activist, Grace Lee Boggs.

Tickets are $15 - $100 (sliding scale). We invite you to sponsor a ticket, for $25, for those in our community who would otherwise be unable to attend.

The event will be hosted at Gleaners Food Bank, a longtime partner of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit, MI 48207.

Dress is casual.

To reserve your seat at the table, print and mail in the registration form to 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI 48207 by September 4. Please write checks to “Capuchin Soup Kitchen” with the number of tickets and “Harvest Dinner” noted in the memo line.

Questions? Contact Lisa at or call 313-579-2100 ext 204.

More details can be found at the Earthworks site

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