Nourishing Community, Creating Sustainability

A Family-Friendly Festival of Learning and Action on Food and Environmental Justice

Nourishing Community, Creating Sustainability is a family-friendly Festival of Learning and Action on October 1 and 2, and you're invited to join with 200-400 people of all ages from across the Milwaukee and suburban area to learn about the relationship between the food we eat and the environment we share with all living things. We’ll also explore the social and economic impact our food choices have on human communities that experience poverty and oppression. A highlight of the Festival will be the keynote presentation by Anna Lappé, author of “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It” (2010).

Friday, October 1, 2010 6:30 to 9 p.m. – A Soulful Meal with Anna Lappé
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Festival of Learning and Action for All Ages

On Friday evening we will offer a lovely seasonal meal with Anna Lappé of organic or locally-sourced foods for 40 at a cost of $75 per adult guest (youth age 14 and older also are welcome). This meal will offer mindful eating as a life-practice to touch our souls and encourage us to live in harmony with the Earth. Enjoy contributions from AeppelTreow Winery, Brightonwoods OrchardBraise, and Ruegsegger Farms. Contact UUCW to purchase a ticket for the dinner.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. we will offer workshops for adults and children, simple seasonal meals for purchase, and visits to local projects addressing environmental justice and sustainability. At 3:15 we will have our keynote presentation by Anna Lappé, author of “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It” (2010). She is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. The day will end with dinner available at 5 p.m. and a family-friendly movie showing afterwards. People of all ages can attend the whole day, or any part of it! Tickets are $10 at the door; children aged 15 and under free.

Pre-order Anna Lappé's books.

All events will be at UU Church West, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005

Saturday Schedule, October 2

9-10 a.m. Book-signing with Anna Lappé – and Information Tables featuring local organizations
10:15 - noon  Adult and Children's Workshops (details below)
Noon Lunch (seasonal lunches available for $5) -- and Information Tables
1:15 - 3 p.m. Adult and Child Workshops
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Keynote with Anna Lappé
5:00 p.m. Dinner (available for $5) -- and Information
6:30 p.m. Family-friendly movies, with earth-friendly snacks (see details below)

Information Tables featuring local organizations will be open during the book signing and meal times. Lunch and dinner are 5 dollars and include beverages.

Workshops

Morning Afternoon

9:15 Urban Homesteading
Annie Wegner Lefort, who blogs at leforthomestead.blogspot.com, will share her reasons, ideas, trials and tribulations, and future goals for urban homesteading in the Milwaukee area through a short presentation accompanied by samples of her preserves and other domestic artistry.

10:15 Community Gardens
By The Victory Garden Initiative.

10:15 Kids Yoga

10:15 Earth Friendly Food Shopping

1:15 The Worm Mon
By the Sweet Water Foundation. Come see the Worm Mon Show where you will learn composting and potting techniques. Audience hands-on participation is encouraged.  After this workshop you will have the tools to become a Worm Mon yourself!

1:15 The Current Commercial Model of Food Production
By the Michael Fields Institute. The trade-offs and the implications for sustainability.

1:15 Soulful Eating for Everyone

See the detailed schedule for more information.

Movies - Saturday at 6:30

  • Adults: Ingredients, A Documentary Film.  The local food movement takes root. Milwaukee premiere!
  • Children: Three award winning films produced by Jane Sablow: Wishful Thinking, Cravings, and the Smart Machine
  • Young Adults - Adults: What's On Your Plate? A witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics.

Who Should Attend Nourishing Community, Creating Sustainability?

  • Families, couples and individual adults and teens seeking positive ways to learn about the issues surrounding food, the environment, and environmental justice.
  • Families, couples, and individual adults and teens seeking ways to live more sustainably and to help address issues like climate change, environmental racism, and healthy eating.
  • Organizations in our community working on issues of sustainability, environmental justice, and climate change who seek a wider intergenerational audience.

Sponsors

Center for Resilient Cities Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Sweetwater Foundation Feingold Association
The Victory Garden Initiative East Side Ovens
LeFort Urban Homestead Breadsmith
Rishi Tea Brightonwoods Orchard
Stephanie Bartz Photography Stems Cut Flowers
The Interfaith Earth Network (of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee) Braise
Books & Company, Oconomowoc United U & U Society of Mukwonago
Beans & Barley Brennan's Market
Unitarian Universalist Church West Outpost Natural Foods
Waukesha County Green Team AeppelTreow Winery
Ruegsegger Farms  

UUCW Michael Fields rishi tea Beans and Barley The Victory Garden Initiative Feingold East Side Ovens Breadsmith Center for Resilient Cities Interfaith Earth Network Brightonwoods Orchard Braise Stephanie Bartz Photography Stems Cut Flowers Sweet Water Foundation Books and Company United UU Society of Mukwonago Brennans Market Outpost Natural Foods

More About Anna Lappé

While we may not think “global warming” when we sit down to dinner, our tangled web of global food—from Pop-Tarts packaged in Tennessee and eaten in Texas to pork chops raised in Poland, with feed from Brazil, then shipped to South Korea— is connected to as much as one third of total greenhouse-gas emissions. Livestock alone is associated with more emissions than all of the world’s transportation combined. In her groundbreaking book, "Diet for a Hot Planet," Lappé exposes the interests resisting this conversation and the spin tactics companies are employing to deflect the heat. With seven principles for a climate-friendly diet and success stories from sustainable food advocates around the globe, she offers a vision of a food system that can be part of healing the planet. An engaging call to action, Diet for a Hot Planet delivers a hopeful message during troubling times.

Anna Lappé’s first book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Penguin 2002, co-written with her mother Frances Moore Lappé), chronicles courageous social movements around the world. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Social Change, Hope’s Edge has been published in several languages and is used in dozens of classrooms, from Telluride to Toronto to Tokyo.

Called “ingenious” by The New York Times, Anna’s second book Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006) showcases the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food and brings this diet to life with the seasonal menus of chef Bryant Terry.

Anna’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Anna is also a contributing author to Food Inc., WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, and Feeding the Future: How the Battle over Food Will Change Your Life.

Anna earned an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute and is one of the first Innovators of The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming.

For more about Anna, see: http://www.smallplanet.org/about/item/anna_lappeacute

Anna Lappé will also be at Farm Aid 25 October 2 from 12-1pm in the Home Grown Village at Annie Wegner LeFort’s Urban Homestead Booth.

About Unitarian Universalist Church West

Unitarian Universalist Church West is a vibrant, growing, multi-generational spiritual community of more than 600 children, youth and adults who are diverse in identity and beliefs. We are what our Unitarian Universalist denomination calls a “Green Sanctuary” church, meaning that we help our members and our congregation as a whole to live as sustainably as possible, and that we have a fundamental ethical and spiritual commitment to living in harmony with the Earth. This work is guided by our Earth Ministry Committee (a subset of our Social Action Council), and has been ongoing for at least a decade. For the year beginning in September 2010, we will focus our social action efforts on Food and Environmental Justice, with monthly opportunities for learning and action in our local community.

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