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Evolution Update – Brunch is Back/GreenDome Rising

Greetings Detroit & all who grace us here!

I’m coming to the realization that we no longer have the time to be as verbose as I’d like to be with these newsletters. I prefer essays to bullet-points myself, but we have so much going on that I have to simply get IT out. You can always get more frills and polish at the Detroit Evolution site.

Of course, I don’t want to let our haste dismiss our gratitude. Whether your just tuning into DE or have been with us since we opened the doors of the Laboratory, we thank you for your support and attention. We are honored to be able to share our work with all of you and know that we would not be where we are today without you.

Please read this recent blog entry for more on why we do what we do.

There are a few opportunities to join us in North Corktown this weekend. We hope to see you and send along our blessings to you and yours!

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg and the whole Detroit Evolution Crew.

The Corktown Community Kitchen’s Brunch is Back!
Yes, it’s true — our summer hiatus is over and the Corktown Community Brunch is back in action! Join us for our monthly donation-based healthy local meal. This month’s menu is going to be an adventurous & tasty Indian-Mexican fusion extravaganza featuring:

Lentil Masala with Butternut Squash, Potatoes and Swiss Chard spooned over Grilled Naan and topped with Two Eggs over medium or grilled Tofu. Served with these awesome condi…ments for your palet’s enjoyment:

Sour Cream using local dairy (vegan option too), Indian-Style Pickle from Suddenly Sauer
Peach-Tomato Chutney from Delicata Sunshine
Corktown Hot Sauce

We’ll also have our usual amazing locally roasted coffee and some equally tasty hot chai to warm the soul.

As always, all are welcome. Suggested donation is between $5-15. Proceeds help us to make this a regular event and move towards opening a permanent Community Kitchen in our neighborhood! Your dollars go directly to the people growing, raising and processing the incredible food you eat at the brunch, so not only are you helping us grow, you are helping to create a healthy and just food system!

If you’d like to volunteer to help make this brunch a success, visit the Volunteer Spreadsheet to sign up for a shift:

OR if you’d like to donate kitchen items, chairs, tables, linens, etc. please call Angela at 313.815.6175. You can also email angela@detroitevolution.com. We’re grateful for all that you do!

PS: Check out what this week’s Metro Times has to say about brunch! http://www.metrotimes.com/food/story.asp?id=15367

GreenDome Rising! – Work Day Tomorrow!
Detroit Domes is ready to move forward with construction of the city’s first-ever geodesic dome greenhouse. Come out to be part of this exciting step toward a sustainable future for our city. You can learn more about this project and our mission at http://www.detroitdomes.org/

We have all kinds of work to get done before the GreenDome’s construction is completed on 9/23 and everyone is invited to help out! On Saturday we’ll mostly be working to prepare the lot: moving soil, repairing the existing chicken coop, building compost bins, etc. We’ll be moving manure as well so don’t come all fancy, bring gloves, etc.

If you can’t make it Saturday we will have plenty more volunteer opportunities — don’t hesitate to call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411 or email leeann@detroitevolution.org to get involved!

September 17, 2010   No Comments

Striving to Speak Truth #1

I’m trying to find my voice again. Where it went is a long story that I hope to someday be able to share. These are experiments in speaking truth and releasing the pressure that’s building up inside. Blessings and gratitude to my sister Charity for breaking me open. Shanti. ~G

Striving to speak clearly, simply, and without judgment.

When we buy food that has been brought to us by global, national, and even in some cases, regional food distribution systems we are supporting and furthering human suffering. The systems enable and encourage us to block this out, to censor our own awareness. How much energy and creativity is sucked out of us to maintain this illusion?

What really nails it for me is the fact that it’s nearly impossible to stop participating in these systems and survive. I ingest my fair share of human suffering just like the rest of you, everyday. I wonder what our daily diet of suffering nourishes and what that does to our souls? We’re going to need to go DEEP to break out of this one.

That’s a little heavy. Back to clairity, simplicity and non-judgment:

I know I feel grounded and clear when I avoid consuming foods brought from afar and I know I feel damn good when I eat food grown close to my home.

Your truth is welcome here, please feel free to share respectful comments. In Health, Joy & Liberation, ~G

September 14, 2010   1 Comment

Free Movie Night in Eastern Market! – Pollan & Sandoval 2009 Bioneers Plenaries

Please join us this Wednesday September 15th at 7pm in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 for a free screening of two great plenary speeches from last year’s Bioneers conference!

The Bioneers conference is a yearly event that helps bring together farmers, students, activists, cooks, gardeners, and all others working toward eco-justice and sustainability. Participants can count on a weekend of shared knowledge, great food, and promising connections. To help get our community ready and excited for this year’s conference (October 15-17 at Marygrove), Detroit Evolution, Eastern Market Corporation, and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit are teaming up to screen two fantastic & inspiring plenary speeches from 2009′s conference.

Join us this Wednesday, September 15th, in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 to view plenary talks from Michael Pollan and Arturo Sandoval at last year’s Bioneers! Both men are leading thinkers when it comes to linking health, sustainability, and community empowerment, and we look forward to discussing how to apply their insight to our work here in Detroit. As always, there will be time for a discussion of the films after the screening, as well as plenty of information about this year’s Bioneers conference (only a month away already!).

About Detroit Abides:

On the third Wednesday of every month Eastern Market Corporation, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Detroit Evolution partner to present DETROIT ABIDES – A FREE Movie Night in Eastern Market. Detroit Abides screens a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community. For this casual event, please bring a comfortable chair. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Shed.

For more information or to get involved call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411

Detroit Abides is presented by
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit
Detroit Evolution
Eastern Market Corporation

About the speakers (information from bioneers.org):

Michael Pollan, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, served for many years as executive editor of Harper’s Magazine and is now a professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. He is also the nation’s most influential and important thinker and writer on food and agriculture, the author of many seminal, award-winning, bestselling books, including, most recently In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and previously: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals; The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World; A Place of My Own; and Second Nature.

Arturo Sandoval has been active in community, cultural, environmental and civil rights efforts in New Mexico and across the United States for nearly 40 years. Sandoval is president and founder of VOCES, Inc., a communications and organizational development firm with headquarters in Albuquerque and with offices in Chihuahua, México. He also founded the Center of Southwest Culture (CSC), Inc. in 1991 to help develop healthy indigenous and Latino communities through economic, educational and cultural work.

September 13, 2010   No Comments