July 2012

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Inspiring Communities to Build Sustainable Food Systems

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.

Summer Recipes

Delicious recipes for outdoor dining in the summertime.

‘Hugging Saint’ Inaugurates New Center

Mata Amritanandamayi, a tireless humanitarian affectionately known as “Amma” or “Ammachi,” is offering free public programs at the new Mata Amritanandamayi Center Chicago.

Building a Healthier Chicagoland

The “Eat fresh, eat local” movement has slowly grown from a bandwagon of locavores in search of fresh produce into a national trend. Locally, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC) is a collaborative initiative.

Enjoying Every Last Morsel

Chicagoan Todd Jones wants "to give gardeners the opportunity to share the fruits of their labor with the neighbors they didn’t know they had.”

Creating Local Food Sustainability in Lake County

Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes, executive director of the Lake County Community Foundation, believes that "in Lake County, we have land we can use to farm."

New Sustainable ‘Sandwich Me In’ Restaurant in Lakeview East

Justin Vrany has opened a new casual dining, quick-service restaurant, Sandwich Me In, at 3037 North Clark Street, between Halsted and Wellington, in Chicago.

Erika Allen

In 1987, Erika Allen, director of Chicago’s Growing Power Projects office and several national programs, thought the work of farming was behind her when she left her childhood home in Milwaukee.

Raw Restaurant and Juice Bar Opens in Highland Park

Raw foodies, rejoice! A new, all-natural raw food restaurant and organic juice bar, In The Raw, has opened at 483 Central Avenue, in downtown Highland Park.

Composting our Collective Resources

Evanston resident Erlene Howard founded Collective Resource, a service that picks up food waste and diverts the would-be-landfill product to a commercial compost site.

Chicago's First Self-Sustaining Vertical Farm Operation

Chicago entrepreneur and Executive Director of The Plant, John Edel, has an ambitious vision.

Exploring the Depths of Human Energy

Qigong teacher Jeff Primack discusses qi and the Qigong Revolution.