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Evolution Update: Aug 26, 2010 – Yoga for Cyclists & Detroit GreenDome

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!

What a whirlwind recently, eh? We have three very important items to share and request your assistance in moving this info on to your family, friends and communities.

As always, we encourage you to visit http://detroitevolution.com for daily updates on what’s happening on and in the ground here in Detroit and to learn more about Detroit Evolution. Thank you all so much for your continued interest in and support of our work!

In Health, Joy & Liberation,
The Detroit Evolution Crew

Save the Date:
Sept 11, Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gathering – Earthworks Harvest Dinner
Sept 15, Free Movie Night – 2009 Bioneers Plenaries
Sept 19, The Return of the Corktown Brunch
Sept 25, The D-Town Farms Harvest Festival

Local, Live and Luscious: Everyday Raw Food for EveryBody!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 6:30-9:30pm
Cost $ 10.00

Please Register at the Meetup page!

Irene’s Myomassology Institute
26061 Franklin Rd Southfield,
MI 48033

Your Body is Your Temple. Yet, the food choices we make don’t always reflect this sentiment. When we discover the Truth about our food- where it comes from, how it’s grown/ raised/ processed – we are given the opportunity to make more conscious choices, and we are able to heal ourselves, our communities and our world.

Join us for an evening of hands-on, healthy raw food preparation using vibrant locally-grown produce and ingredients, headed by Chef Angela Newsom. She will share tips on how to eat more consciously even on a budget, and time-saving strategies that will leave you feeling empowered.

Creamy Corn Chowder
Sun-dried Tomato/Flax Crackers
Marinated Fajita-style Veggie Wraps served with Chimichurri Sauce
Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Cashew-Coconut Cream

Angela has been dedicated to raising awareness of Health and Food Justice issues since 2002, after decades of personal and family health problems came to a head through the loss of of her father. She is on a personal mission to seek and share alternative information and resources with others transitioning to a health and aware lifestyle. Angela and her husband Gregg created Detroit Evolution (http://detroitevolution.com ) in 2006, and have been recognized as community-focused, healthy and incredibly tasty alternative for the people of Detroit.

Yoga for Cyclists Workshop

by Caitlin Brown

People’s Yoga is pleased to offer our first workshop!
Yoga for Cyclists
Saturday, August 28, 3-5pm $20 with Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is an avid cyclist and yogi. She went on a three month bicycle tour in summer 2008 and has since become a car-free, dedicated cyclist. During her bike trip she found that not only did a regular yoga practice allow her to stay flexible, it helped her become more in touch with her body. Cultivating body/mind awareness in yoga helped her realize early… when a body part was overworking or overcompensating for another when riding, allowing her to fix the imbalance before injury occurred. Deep yogic breathing helped her control her breath on steep uphills. The focus and meditation yoga encourages helped her have patience during a particularly long or grueling day.

Since the trip Caitlin has become a certified yoga teacher at the 200hr level and has loved sharing her passion for yoga. She is excited to be able to combine her loves of yoga and biking, which to her is a very important coupling. In this workshop students will explore asanas or postures that will open and release areas particularly tight in cyclists, such as the hips, quads, hamstrings, low back and shoulders. In addition, the workshop will explore how a regular yoga practice, with a focus not only on movement but on breath, meditation, and mind/body awareness, can benefit all cyclists, from the occasional leisurely cruisers to professional racers.

Yoga can inspire and inform meaningful personal change and People’s Yoga creates a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental space where ALL are welcome to explore empowerment through new ways of breathing, moving and simply being. Common ground in our diverse community is found through the breath and we practice from that foundation.

Doors open a half an hour before class. Enter on MLK and please lock your bike inside. We practice in the 2nd floor gym. Yoga Mats are available, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one!

Spirit of Hope Church – 1519 Martin Luther King at Trumbull
PLEASE NOTE: You no longer need to preregister for this class. You can just “drop in”
More Info: http://peoplesyogadetroit.org/ – 313.316.1411

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Press Release: Detroit GreenDome on Kickstarter!

by Gregg

August 24, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.355.2009
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com

Geodesic Greenhouse proposal wins SOUP event to team up with Friends of Spaulding Court for a matched online speed-fundraising campaign via Kickstarter.

Detroit, Michigan – August 24, 2010 – Last Thursday, Detroit Dome’s Gregg Newsom and Corktown Resident Travis Roberts Jr. unveiled plans for an off-grid geodesic dome greenhouse as part of the Soup at Spaulding micro-fundraising event. Soup at Spaulding draws a crowd to North Corktown’s Spaulding Court each Thursday to jump start neighborhood initiatives. Attendees enjoy soup and salad for a $5 donation while three local projects vie for the opportunity to team up with Spaulding Court for a joint fundraising campaign on the popular Kickstarter website (http://kickstarter.com). With a five-day deadline, Detroit Domes and Friends of Spaulding Court aim to raise and split $2000 that will help move both projects forward. Detroit Domes is a “seed program” of Detroit Evolution that actively promotes low cost, sustainable tools, techniques and concepts in Detroit.

The proposed GreenDome is a low cost geodesic dome greenhouse with a 35′ diameter footprint designed for year round off-grid growing. For this project Angela and Gregg Newsom of Detroit Evolution are teaming up with their neighbor, Travis Roberts Jr. “We moved in next to Travis about a year ago and have been inspired by his drive to provide fresh food for people in the neighborhood,” Gregg shared. “Part of Detroit Evolution’s mission is to increase Detroiter’s access to healthy food and we’re honored to team up with Travis, both to support his work and raise awareness of the potential of the “off the map” thinking and ideas that Geodesic Domes can inspire.”

Phase one of the GreenDome includes the fabrication and construction of the dome’s frame and the support, bolstering and expansion of the existing garden into an adjacent city-owned lot. Partner C3LL3C will assist in material acquisition, helping the GreenDome project to reclaim conduit, lumber and glass from fully deconstructed blighted buildings. Angela Newsom, who recently attended an Urban Permaculture Intensive and is a graduate of the Urban Roots Community Gardening Training Program, will provide support and collaborate with agricultural experts throughout the city to maximize the quality and productivity of the food grown. “Dome growing can increase production simply and efficiently,” Newsom adds. “We’ll have the opportunity to grow in the ground and by hanging planters from the ceiling.”

Striving for self-reliance, the GreenDome’s second phase, set to begin in October, will focus on collaboration and experimentation with Detroit local techies, makers and farmers to develop low-cost sustainable designs applicable in urban settings. Phase two projects include heating the dome with BTU’s from chickens, compost and low-cost geothermal, air circulation and filtration facilitated through wind collection and the development of a “winged” roof that increases surface area and will offer high volume rain catchment. The final phase of the project will enclose the dome before the winter months.

“We’re happy to team up with our neighbors at Spaulding Court to raise funds for the dome,” Roberts added. “We’re all working together so that we can provide fresh, high quality fruits, vegetables and eggs in our neighborhood.” The GreenDome project has been posted on the popular online funding application Kickstarter and hopes to raise $2000 in just five days. Potential online backers from around the world have until Saturday, August 28th at 8pm to help grow Detroit’s first geodesic dome greenhouse. Please visit Friends of Spaulding Court (http://www.spauldingcourt.com/tiki-index.php) and Detroit Domes (http://www.detroitdomes.org) for more information on these projects and visit the GreenDome Project Kickstarter page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/236242112/detroit-dome-match) to make a contribution.


About Detroit Evolution – Detroit Evolution promotes sustainable practices, social and environmental justice through Seed Programs: Detroit Abides, the Corktown Community Kitchen, People’s Yoga Detroit and Detroit Domes. In addition to offering healthy local catering we present workshops and community focused events that assist in and inspire the co-creation of a resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

Detroit Domes actively promotes “off the map,” low-cost, sustainable tools, techniques and concepts in Detroit. http://detroitdomes.org Travis Roberts, Jr. and Gregg Newsom are available for interviews or further information.

Please contact Leeann Drees, Detroit Evolution’s Project Coordinator, at 313.355.2009.

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Detroit GreenDome Meets Soup at Spaulding Kickstarter Goal!

by Gregg

Travis doesn’t have internet access and of course, we’ve both been so busy that we haven’t had a moment to sit down in front of my laptop until yesterday. It was his first time seeing the video Jon from Soup at Spaulding put together for the project. Travis was visibly excited. We’re both pretty pleased with how this has all gone down. Here’s where we’re at right now:
SOUP at Spaulding Court by AJ ViolaAugust 19, 2010 – Newsom & Roberts presenting the GreenDome at Soup at Spaulding

The Greendome/Spaulding Court kickstarter project
has hit its goal and will be funded on Saturday, August 28th! Now, the weekly Soup at Spaulding event is typically designed for projects that require a little less funding than the GreenDome, but the event organizers were nice and let the GreenDome play anyway. This is the reason for the easily matched $197 goal. Of course, we’re striving to take it to $2K so that both projects walk away with a grand, which is what the GreenDome requires to begin fabrication. So, even though we’ve met the Soup at Spaulding goal, we’re still plugging away to get the GreenDome frame built in September.

SOUP at Spaulding Court by AJ ViolaAug 18, 2010 – Did I mention this project brings out my inner-mad scientist?

In addition to frantically spreading the GreenDome across the internets, we’ve been connecting with many grassroots agricultural and technological innovators here in Detroit. See, we’re not just building a dome. A huge part of this project is assisting Travis to expand his current garden into the vacant city-owned lot next door and to do so in a way that will be sustainable and efficient. Working with and testing out permaculture and other “off the map” designs/theories is key. More soon…

In the meantime, check, pledge and share the Detroit Greendome Project on kickstarter! Thank You!

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