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About Detroit Evolution

About Detroit Evolution and “The Lab”

This current manifestation of Detroit Evolution continues to document the work of Co-Founders, Gregg and Angela Newsom. Detroit Evolution is blessed by the support of our Project Coordinator, Leeann Drees and an amazing crew of friends, volunteers and supporters who keep us going.

Please visit our personal blogs to read recent posts and learn more about who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Chef Angela Newsom is dedicated to assisting others with Vegan and Raw Foods and to raising awareness of Health and Food Justice issues. In 2002 decades of personal and family health problems came to a head through the loss of her father. Since then she has been on a personal mission to seek and share alternative information and resources on transition to healthy and mindful lifestyles. Angela attended Schoolcraft’s Culinary Arts program, but found her true passion for healthy food preparation through independent study, working in various health-food stores and taking classes with groups like the Creative Health Institute.

Gregg Newsom is a Yoga Teacher, Bodyworker and Writer who escaped Corporate America in 2006 to share his talents with others, raise awareness and take action on the issues of Food Security, Health, and Social and Environmental Justice. Informed & inspired by Permaculture, the Transition Movement & Eastern, Western, & Indigenous explorations of Consciousness, Gregg is in active pursuit of resilient and relocalized neighborhoods where diverse, sustainable and soulful communities will thrive.

Angela and Gregg created Detroit Evolution in 2006 and have shared Vegan and Raw Food Classes, Healthy Local/Organic Catering, Yoga, Bodywork, Nutritional Counseling and Sustainable Lifestyle Training since. Frequently featured in local media and awarded “best vegetarian” in WDIV’s 2008 4 the Best, Angela and Gregg’s efforts have been recognized as a community-focused, healthy and incredibly tasty alternative for the people of Detroit.

In late 2009, Angela and Gregg relocated to North Corktown and co-created the Corktown Community Kitchen with their neighbors and friends. This exciting and innovative project presents the incredibly popular, donation based all local brunch at Brother Nature’s North Corktown Farmhouse on the third Sunday of every month. This Community Kitchen Initiative also supports the production and promotion of “value add” processed and packaged foods made with local produce from Detroit’s vibrant community-based urban agriculture movement.

Leeann Drees is Detroit Evolution’s Project Coordinator. Leeann is a lifelong Metro Detroit resident who has recently (finally!) relocated to inside the city limits. She is at the very tail-end of finishing up her studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she majored in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies. In 2010 UM-Dearborn named her one of their 50 “Difference Makers: Students of Impact.” Now that she is moving into this new phase of her life she is eager to put theory into practice and help realize positive social and environmental change in Detroit and beyond.

Detroit Evolution is informed and inspired by the Earth Charter, the People of Color Environmental Justice “Principles of Working Together“, Humane Education and the City of Detroit Policy on Food Security. We’re also inspired by the work of One World, Everybody Eats Community Cafe and the Canadian-based Fresh Choice Community Kitchens.