How A Plant-Based Diet Can Save the World

7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012
213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL
Free and open to the public!

The world is facing a looming global warming crisis. Attend this presentation and learn how we can be part of the solution if we begin making healthier food choices.

Our speaker will be Mike Durschmid. Mike is a GMO-Free, Vegan Activist; Anti-Consumption-ist, Climate & Social Justice-ist, and Egalitarian-Horizontal-ist. He became a vegetarian 31 years ago while attending the College of DuPage, and has been a vegan the past 25 years.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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7 p.m. Wed., January 18, 2012: A Plant Based Diet – Save Your Life & The World

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A Plant Based Diet

Save Your Life & The World

7 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012

213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL

The US is faced with widespread rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.  The world is also facing a looming global warming crisis.  Attend this presentation and learn how both of these major problems can be solved if we begin making healthier food choices.

Dr. Michelle Brannick, a Vermont licensed Naturopathic Physician and Illinois licensed Chiropractor, will speak about “Eating For Health”, followed by a presentation on why if the world switched to primarily a plant based diet we could reduce our carbon footprint enough to stop global warming in its tracks.

Free and open to the public

This event is sponsored by Social Justice in DuPage

Spread the word by widely distributing the flyer for this event.

Please also plan to attend the Just Views, showing of the documentary “Forks over Knives” which has the same theme as this discussion forum.  This documentary will be viewed at 7:20pm Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Unitarian Church (DUUC)  in Naperville IL at 4 S 535 Old Naperville Road.

7pm Tues. 9/27/11: Edible Forests

Join us for a Social Justice in DuPage discussion forum on

Edible Forests

7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011
213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton IL

Seating is limited – Please Request your Reservation

What does an edible forest do for you? For your community?
Permaculturist Gini Lester will provide practical information on
the vision, ecology, design, and stewardship of perennial
polycultures of multipurpose plants in small-scale settings. Ms.
Lester will discuss the health and environmental benefits of
building a community oasis.

Free and open to the public

This is the second forum in the Social Justice in DuPage series on
suburban agriculture. The events are co-sponsored by the DuPage
and Will County Greens.

Seating is limited – Please Request your Reservation

Here’s the flyer for the September 27, 2011 Social Justice Forum discussion.  Please distribute it widely.

TribLocal covers community garden at Wyndemere

TribLocal has an article and video on the community garden for seniors living at Wyndemere retirement community.

Stan Allured knows that when he sits down for a meal at Wyndemere, a retirement community for seniors in Wheaton, he’s in for a flavorful meal. The longtime Wheaton denizen knows this because it is he who takes and fills the kitchen staff’s orders for thyme, basil and other fragrant herbs he then plants in a small garden plot on the facility’s common grounds.

 

The plot Allured tends is one of 29 residents manage at Wyndemere, where tomatoes and squash on the vine grow alongside wildflowers. In one lush plot, a grasshopper can be seen perched atop a brightly colored ceramic mushroom.

 

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Tips from recent Community Garden forum

The speaker at our recent forum on Community Gardens, Julie Samuels, gave an excellent and highly informative presentation. We’ll pass along some of the tips here and there over the next few days. First, we’ll focus on trees.

Julie in her presentation noted a common misconception about trees that leads to a lot of accidental tree fatalities. Many people believe that trees roots grow downward, when in fact primary roots grow outwards away from the base of the tree beyond the length of the branches at a depth of about 6 inches to 24 inches for primary roots, and smaller feeder roots that take in the trees water and nutrients are even closer to the surface.

To keep the tree healthy, avoid cutting or disturbing its roots:

  • Don’t use a rototiller or disturb the soil under a tree.
  • Don’t plant a garden in the ground under a tree.
  • Do not dig underneath a tree — many contractors and even landscapers will dig underneath trees without paying attention to the roots of a nearby tree.
  • Avoid mulching around a tree, or if you do mulch, use a very thin layer. Do not “volcano mulch”. That is, do not pile the dirt or mulch up against the crown — the bulge at the base of the tree. The crown needs to be exposed to allow moisture to evaporate.
  • To promote tree health, don’t use herbicides on your lawn, and don’t worry about keeping a perfect grass lawn.
  • When planting new trees, do not leave the roots in canvas bags they came in from the landscaping store. Also, do not use ties to prop up the tree. The tree needs to learn how to stand on its own!
  • Do not purchase cyprus mulch or peat moss. Cyprus forests and peat bogs are destroyed in order to get those products.

Julie works for Openlands, which offers a TreeKeepers program, which is going into its 20th year of teaching people in the Chicago area how to care for their trees. Learn more about at www.openlands.org.

 

7pm Wed. 8/31/11: Community Gardens: Reconnecting with Community, Organic Eating, and the Earth

After a successful run in its first two years, the Social Justice in DuPage series is now being relaunched, with a slightly different focus. In the past we hosted single forums on a variety of topics such as marriage equality, single-payer health care, poverty and red light cameras. Now, we will host a series of smaller events that center around a larger topic. Our first area of focus is suburban agriculture, a burgeoning trend in DuPage and neighboring counties. We are pleased to announce our first forum, later this month:

Community Gardens: Reconnecting with Community, Organic Eating, and the Earth
Wednesday, August 31, 7 p.m.
213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton IL

Seating is limited – Please Request your Reservation

What can your garden do for you? Your children? Your community? Community garden organizer Julie Samuels will discuss the health, environmental and educational benefits of local food production, as well as give tips on getting the most out of your garden.

This is the first in the Social Justice in DuPage series on suburban agriculture. The events are co-sponsored by the DuPage and Will County Greens.

Seating is limited – Please Request your Reservation

Here’s the flyer for the August 31st Social Justice Forum discussion.  Please distribute it widely.