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UPCOMING EVENTS





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SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

UIC FORUM, ROOSEVELT AT HALSTED, CHICAGO


ANCIENT AND HEIRLOOM FOODS


For this year’s 10th anniversary of the Good Food Festival there is a theme that is running through the festival that is capturing the attention of the farmers and the local food enthusiasts!  People are embracing the foods of the past, not just the heirloom vegetables, but there is a hunger now for the grains.  Farmers are growing and selling ancient colors and flavors of corns, dried beans and grains.  And through heirloom seed opportunities as well, home gardeners can even grow these crops at home and learn to prepare dishes that they have only read about.  


I will be hosting two key panels on this topic!


ANCIENT GRAINS IN YOUR KITCHEN

12:30 pm-1:45 pm


This demonstration workshop will show you how to make the most of the unique flavors and textures found in ancient grains and heirloom beans in your own kitchen. The innovative local farmers who grow these delicious, nutritious grains, share their insight and experience about the special methods used to mill and process these grains and why this is important to retain ancient grains’ flavor and nutritional properties!

Featuring:

Vicki Nowicki, The Land Office, is a permaculture homesteader, gardener, and educator

Andrea Hazzard, Hazzard Free Farms, who grows and mills a number of varieties of heritage wheat and corn on her Illinois farm

 Molly Breslin, Breslin Farm, who grows a variety of grains and beans on her Illinois farm

    Terra Brockman, Henry’s Farm, who grows grains as part of her diversified farm in Central Illinois               


PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY;

PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR HOME GARDENERS

2:00 pm-3:15 pm


This panel on biodiversity is diverse as well.  Vicki’s remarks will be about seed-lending libraries and how they are helping communities build diversity into the future of their food supplies.  Jennifer Casey has worked tirelessly with the Slow Food organization and is now the Regional Midwest Chairman of the Ark of Taste committee.  Its purpose is to seek out and protect rare and vanishing foods, so that we will be able to preserve the diversity that exists.  And, we will culminate our offerings with the tale of the Seed Savers Exchange told by Diane Ott Whealy herself, who, along with her husband, co-founded a tiny “seed swap” 40 years ago for people who had unusual family seeds that they wanted to share, and has seen a breathtaking phenomenon rise up before her very eyes.  It has resulted in an international non-profit corporation



Vicki Nowicki, The Land Office, moderator

Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder, Seed Savers Exchange

Jennifer Casey, Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast








For information?  vnowicki@comcast.net




UPCOMING TOURS


THE LAND OFFICE PRESENTS


Suburban Permaculture Tours

Our home landscape has been dubbed as the quintessential example of a “Suburban Permaculture” landscape.  We offer 3- hour educational tours with an eye toward giving participants the basic information to enable them to design their own home permaculture landscape. Come on and see how easy it is to become more self-sufficient and sustainable!


You will see a passive solar home, a full grown evergreen windbreak, deciduous shade trees, woody fruit trees, shrubs and vines, annual food crops, companion plants and much more!


You will receive:

Handouts regarding the permaculture principles.

Tasting of the season’s produce, preserved and fresh.

Seasonal, on-site demonstrations in the garden, in the kitchen, and in the root cellar.


Tours for the 2014 season, 1-4pm



So sorry to disappoint

We are readjusting our tour schedule

Watch for new dates!



$35 per adult

$60 per couple

$20 per young adult.

No children under 10


To register, email vnowicki@comcast.net


We are excited to offer opportunities to inspire and empower you in the garden and beyond.  Join Vicki Nowicki, an award-winning gardener, as she shares her passion and expertise from over 30 years of experience in gardening, teaching and local activism.