Friday, May 14, 2010

Sunday Brunch & FREE Double Feature on Environmental Health

Detroit Evolution

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!

The sun is shining, its finally warm and it's going to be a great weekend in Detroit!

Saturday our friends at Brother Nature Produce are going to offer "mix your own" gourmet Salad Greens at Eastern Market. Make sure to stop by the Grown in Detroit table to pick up other incredible Detroit Local produce too. We're pretty excited about picking up our Garden Resource Program Hot Crops at Earthworks on Saturday! There's also Nsoroma Institute's second annual "So Fresh, So Green" Celebration (details below) and Matrix Theatre's Water Fest 2010.

Sunday the Detroit Tradition of Flower Day unfolds at the Market and we're pleased to help co-create the Corktown Community Kitchen Brunch. Check out this all local menu:

Leek & Garlic Green Quiche w/potato hash crust OR the same great local ingredients in a Potato & Tofu Rumble (vegan), grilled Asparagus drizzled w/an herbed ricotta sauce (dairy or vegan available) served w/Hoop House Greens, Sprouted Grains & Sunflower Shoots - Yum!

The Corktown Community Kitchen's Third Sunday Brunch brings friends and neighbors together to prepare healthy all local/organic food for other friends and neighbors. All are welcome and encouraged to inspire and inform discussions of local resilience, food security and environmental and social justice.

This Sunday, May 16, 11a-2p, Donation-Based $5-15

Third Sunday Brunch
May 16, 11a-2p
Brother Nature Produce
2913 Rosa Parks at Temple
Detroit, MI, 48216

Whew! There are great things afoot in Detroit this weekend, and yes, we know these are just a few of the worthwhile goings on.

We also want to mention this month's Detroit Abides as we're looking forward to it and want to share these films with as many as possible. That's right it's a Double Feature! We're pleased to host Director Bill Couzens and screen the film HealthyTown - Detroit. We're also excited to look more deeply at the Environmental Impacts of large-scale Agriculture with a screening of Big River - A King Corn Companion.

Detroit has been alight with discussions of and proposals for large-scale Urban Agriculture projects. In addition to land use, local economic and community engagement concerns, large-scale Agriculture in an urban setting provides us an opportunity to look into the environmental impact of farming. After the screenings we'll discuss the films and share info on local groups working in Environmental Health.

Please join us May 19th at 7pm in Eastern Market's Shed 5
for a FREE Double Feature on Environmental Health.


Please note the details below about the upcoming Permaculture Workshops with author Toby Hemenway. the Registration Deadline May 18th!

Thank you all! Our blessings to you and yours.
In Health, Joy and Liberation,

---Community Events---

"So Fresh, So Green" Celebration at Nsoroma Institute
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Our second annual "So Fresh, So Green" celebration will take place from from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This celebration of Mother Earth features children's arts and crafts activities, performances, natural food and dry good vendors, a recycling station (for paper, plastic and metal) and two movies: Dirt at 2:30 p.m. and Garbage Dreams at 3:45 p.m. This event is FREE.

Immediately following at 6:00 p.m. will be the Detroit premier of the documentary film, "Watoto wa Mitaani" (Children of the Streets) which follows the lives of five boys living on the streets in Tanzania. This is a unique glimpse into the strengths and challenges of contemporary Africa. A discussion with the filmmaker Michael Stewart will follow. There is a $5.00 admission charge for this film. This is an excellent pre-African Liberation Day activity.

Nsoroma Institute is located at 20045 Joann, Detroit, MI 48205. Call 313.521.0400 for information.

Fireweed Universe-City
Fireweed could use some help this weekend if you are interested

Saturday, May 15, 12 pm at Fireweed
Sunday, May 16, 1 pm at Fireweed and/or Emmanuel

Fireweed is located at 665 W. Brentwood, Detroit, 48203 (Southeast of Woodward and 7 Mile)
Emmanuel Center is located at 18313 John R, Detroit, 48203 (John R between 6 and 7 Mile)

If you are unsure of where we are at, please call (248.561.6224)

Upcoming events from Fireweed:

Mon. 5-17, 2-4 PM
Detroit City Council will host a public hearing on the Consolidated Plan, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) categories.
Location: Auditorium on the 13th Floor of Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

Sun. 5-23, 6-8 PM
Overcoming Illness Naturally
Learn how Camelia Gary naturally:
• Lost 55 lbs
• Overcame mercury toxin
• Copying with thyroid disease and fibromyalgia
• Reversed skin health and gum disease
• And much more
Class is $15 with food samples and lots of priceless information.
Location: Phoenix Café (24918 John R Rd., Hazel Park, MI)
Camelia is a beautiful person who experienced an amazing journey of detoxification to regain her health. If you have any interest in health and delicious food, this is worth experiencing.

Registration Deadline May 18th!!!
Southeastern Michigan Permaculture Guild and Food Gatherers present:
Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, will be in Ann Arbor May 21-22, 2010. For the past six years Gaia’s Garden has been the world’s best-selling book on permaculture, a design approach based on ecology for creating sustainable landscapes, homes, communities, and workplaces. (See reviews at end) Permaculture design consciously recreates the diverse and multi-layered interactions and synergies which make natural systems so efficient, resilient, and bountiful. To learn more about Toby, visit his website:

May 21 – Free talk and book signing at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library
May 22 – Designing & Installing a Food Forest Workshop* Matthei Botanical Gardens
May 23 – Permaculture Solutions for City & Suburb Workshop* Matthei Botanical Gardens
* Single workshop $115
* Both workshops $195
Some scholarship funds are available.

WORKSHOPS Include lunch and snacks, but you must register by May 18 to reserve lunch. Details about each of these events listed below.

How Permaculture Can Save Humantiy and the Earth, but not Civilization
Friday May 21st, 2010 7:00 -8:30 PM
Downtown Ann Arbor Public Library: Multipurpose Room. Public talk and book signing. FREE
This event will discuss how new fuels and high technology are not the way out of this dilemma. There are ways to live sustainably on the Earth without going back to the Stone Age. What many of them have in common looks a lot like what today is known as permaculture, an ecological design approach based on knowledge gained from nature. Toby's presentation will show us what makes agriculture, and the industrial society that relies on it, fundamentally unsustainable, and how permaculture offers us a better way.

Designing and Installing a Food Forest
Saturday, May 22nd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., includes lunch

Food forests, or edible forest gardens, are life-filled places that not only provide food for people, but habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestering, biodiversity, natural soil building, beauty and tranquility, and a host of other benefits. This workshop will cover the basics of designing, planting, and maintaining a many-layered woodland garden of fruit and nut trees, perennial and annual vegetables, and flowers. The day-long class will give you both the theory behind food forests and a wealth of practical information, including which plants to use, where to start, and what to expect as your food forest grows.

Permaculture Solutions for City and Suburb

Sunday, May 23rd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., includes lunch

How does permaculture work in urban and suburban places? Though land may be limited, cities are rich in other resources, especially social capital. This workshop will show how to find, harvest, and integrate the many resources in our cities in sustainable ways, including getting access to land for gardening, creating business guilds and networks, learning the pattern language of the city, creating public space in neighborhoods, and building urban ecovillages. We'll learn how permaculture's principles and design methods apply to the dense, rich environments of our cities, and how to leverage the special opportunities that cities provide.

Register Here

NOTE: Early registration is encouraged to reserve your space and order for meals/ snacks.

Workshop Location:

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N Dixboro Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

US Social Forum
Detroit, June 22-26, 2010
The US Social Forum is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country, and changes history. We must declare what we want our world to look like and we must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

The purpose of the USSF is to effectively and affirmatively articulate the values and strategies of a growing and vibrant movement for justice in the United States. Those who build towards and participate in the USSF are no longer interested in simply stating what social justice movements “stand-against,” rather we see ourselves as part of new movements that reach beyond national borders, that practice democracy at all levels, and understand that neo-liberalism abroad and here in the US is not the solution. The USSF provides a first major step towards such articulation of what we stand for.

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1 comment:

Real Detroit Weekly said...

We love all the great posts you have about happenings in Detroit. Can't wait to try out some Corktown quiche!
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