Edible Education 101

berkely seiresCheck out UC Berkeley’s online series Edible Education. Monday nights at 6.30 pm PST, 8.30 pm CMT.

LIVE STREAM https://www.youtube.com/user/ESYProject
If you missed the first lectures in the section “the trouble with the food system” you can stream the recorded lectures too.

Here is the schedule

PART I – “The Trouble with the Food System”

  • January 26th: “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” by Michael Pollan
  • February 2nd: “The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture” AND “Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy” Garrison Sposito and Marion Nestle
  • February 9th: “The Hands That Feed You” by Eric Schlosser
  • March 2nd: “The Long Green Revolution” by Raj Patel with Mark Bittman

PART II – “Getting Back to the Right Food System” 

  • March 9th: “Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design” by Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe
  • March 16th: “Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends, and the Mundane of Family Farming” by Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto with Robert Hass
  • March 30th: “Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” by Stephen Gliessman with Mark Bittman

PART III – “Building the Food Movement”

  • April 6th: “Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas” by Claire Kremen
  • April 13th: “Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food and Who Will Be Eating It?” by Alice Waters and Craig McNamara with Robert Hass
  • April 20th: “With Liberty, Justice, and Sovereignty for All” by Anim Steel and Sara Mersha with Mark Bittman
  • April 27th: “What’s Next for the Food Movement?” by Michael Pollan with Mark Bittman
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Students Apply for the 2015-16 U of I Student Sustainability Committee

sscHey, are you a U of I student?  If so, do you want to participate in one of the most important committees on campus?  Then the Student Sustainability Committee might be for you.  It a student-led organization charged with the distribution of two student fees – the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee. The SSC reviews, recommends, and funds projects that increase environmental stewardship, inspire change, and impact students on campus. They need students with different backgrounds and ideas.  Check out the application for SSC membership.  If you are currently a member and would like to be one again next academic year, you still need to apply. Applications will not be accepted after February 26. Interviews will take place on March 13th and 14th. Appointments will be made on April 1st.



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Events: Friday Forum Panel

Every semester, the University YMCA hosts a series of free talks on a particular issue relevant to the community. For Spring 2015, that issue is Food Justice. This week’s Friday Forum will be a panel on Expanding the Local Food Movement, with guests Brad Uken, from the Champaign County Farm Bureau, Rick Weinzierl, a professor at UIUC, Natalie Kenny Marquez, coordinator for Urbana’s Market at the Square, and Dawn Blackman, of the Randolph Street Community Garden. As always, the talk will be held on Friday in the YMCA’s Latzer Hall at 12pm. If you are a YMCA student member, you may purchase a discounted lunch.

A full schedule of Friday forum talks can be seen below. You can read more about the Friday Forum here.

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2015 Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that funds will be available this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Although NRCS accepts applications all year, agricultural producers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding. Continue reading

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Events: 2015 Conservation Cropping Seminars

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Global Postharvest Loss Prevention Course: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, will be conducting a Coursera course in Global Postharvest Loss Prevention The course is free of charge, and there is no textbook. Topics will include postharvest loss and its causes, actors, and solutions. You can register and find more information about the course here


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Growing Power 3-Day Aquaponics Workshops

Along with the workshops announced yesterday, Growing Power will also hosting intensive hands-on workshops focused exclusively on aquaponic and urban aquaculture training. Topics include system design, water chemistry, fish husbandry, and plant selection. These workshops begin on Friday, the day before the standard 2-day workshop and participants will not have an opportunity to participate in the other breakout sessions.  Please be aware no video recordings are allowed.

Aquaponics system2015 Three-day Aquaponics Workshops :

  • February 20, 21, 22
  • March 20, 21, 22
  • April 10, 11, 12
  • May 1, 2, 3
  • June 12, 13, 14

Cost for the 3-Day Aquaponic Workshop: $600

The workshop price includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Lodging is not included.


You can change your registration date or transfer your registration to another person the weekend of registration. Growing Power has a no refund policy.

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Growing Power “From the Ground Up!” Workshops

Growing Power, a national non-profit with a mission of creating and teaching others to create healthy food from healthy soil, has announced their schedule of workshops for this spring. All workshops will take place at Growing Power’s Community Food Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

From the Ground Up! Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects. Please be aware no video recordings are allowed. Continue reading

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Internship Opportunity: White Violet Center Eco-Justice Intern

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, located in Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, is seeking applicants for the position of Eco-Justice Intern.

At WVC you’ll find 320 acres of forestland, 300+ acres of certified organic cropland, a 5 acre organic garden, 2 orchards, a small apiary from which they harvest and sell raw honey, a small flock of chickens, and a herd of 40 alpacas. The animals’ manure is used for compost in the garden and their valuable fiber is harvested annually to create handmade yarns, scarves, hats, shawls, and other garments. The produce grown at WVC is used in kitchens on campus and sold at their Community Supported Agriculture program and farmer’s market. They do various processing for our CSA, such as dehydrating, fermenting, and pickling. Continue reading

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Event: 12th Annual Composting Symposium: Building Soil and Community

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th from 9am-3pm at the Trutter Center at Lincoln Land Community College for the 12th Annual Composting Symposium in Springfield.

The symposium is a forum for sharing composting information; stimulating the composting market; and bringing composter, educators, and businesses together so that everyone can benefit from learning about this organic soil amendment.

Registration fee: $30 before February 3rd. $35 after February 3rd. Free to students with valid ID. 

Build Your Own Bin registration fee: $15 before February 5th. This optional session allows participants to learn more about vermicomposting and construct their own composition bin for use at home, work or the classroom. Continue reading

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