Chicagoland Sustainability Calendar

Listing selected events for those interested in living more sustainably with emphasis on ecological food production. Featuring the activities of the Chicagoland Urban Permaculture (CUP) Group -- promoting integrated living through permaculture. See Greening Chicago Calendar for more events.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Urban Permaculture Calendar
Featuring the activities of the Chicagoland Urban Permaculture (CUP) Group together with related events. => For numerous other Chicago area sustainability related events.

For more information or to submit events, contact Rael Bassan at: raelearth@yahoo.com 773-907-1465

Permaculture is an integrated holistic design system for creating sustainable human settlements. It's principles and techniques are derived from observation of natural systems, and produce human landscapes that tread lightly on the earth. The CUP group hosts discussions, field trips, and workdays related to sustainability issues and the applications of permaculture.

Most meetings are at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

NOTES: Initial Codes indicate tentative or non-CUP events:? -Tentative. * -Of interest. *!*! -Unique event. ** -Highly recommended. *** - Presenting/tabling there..

Join us Thursday mornings, 9 am, at our demonstration plot at the Waters School Community Garden across the street from 4540 N. Campbell (2500 west). The site (with large spiral herb hill) is just east of the fieldhouse.

** Sunday, August 29, 11am-4pm. Heirloom Garden Show. Garfield Farm Near Geneva. Sample rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Displayed and sold by local Seed Savers. Select what to grow next year. $6/$3. 630/584-8485 LaFox , IL.

Saturday, September 25, 6-9 pm Culturing Communion by the Campfire.
Share summer's sustainability stories and celebrate the changing bounty of the earth as we fire up our next steps. Bring your visions and inspirations. Potluck. At the Nature Center in Chicago. Outside, if weather permits. For more information call 773-907-1465

* September 20-25, Ecovillages NA Conference $852 CDN Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia
Global Ecovillage Network - North American Conference Ecovillages: Translation to the mainstream. For pioneers and leaders of the ecovillage movement, architects, and sustainability professionals.

* September 30 - October 2. Sustainable Resources 2004 - An International Forum Connecting People with Hands-on Solutions to World Poverty. 12 main tracks including "Building and Sustaining Peace" which includes "Integral theory as applied to peacemaking". U of Colorado, Boulder, CO <$275 <<<>>>
** Saturday, October 9, Earth Charter Community Summits At Unity Church in Chicago, 1925 West Thome Avenue. Celebrate it's present and future applications. Learn to apply a comprehensive ethical foundational document for a desired future.

** October 15-17, Bioneers 2004. Visionary and practical solutions for restoring the earth and people. Not yet hosted in Chicago. Closest sites are Bloomington, IN., Fairfield, IA., and Carbondale, IL.

** October 16-17, 10am-4pm, Midfex Harvest Festival Sample over 100 locally grown fruits and nuts. Select scions for next years planting and grafting. Turn Chicago into a food forest. At the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Saturday, October 23, 3-5pm. The End of Suburbia View and discuss The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream, a recently released 78 minute documentary on the expected peaking of world oil production in the next five years and its potentially devastating effects on most of our lifestyles. At the Nature Center in Chicago.

Saturday, November 13, 2-4pm. Beyond Sustainability A discussion about achieving desirable futures. Topics include: Is sustainability a sufficient goal? Is creating a restorative culture even more necessary? Are spirituality and ethics relevant? Are there ways of jump starting delightful futures? Bring your visions. At the Nature Center in Chicago.

Saturday, December 4, 2-4pm. Introduction to Permaculturing Permaculture is derived from permanent agriculture and has been extended to include permanent culture. Join us for an introductory exploration of both areas. Our guides will be Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway, for the home applications and David Holmgren's Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability for applications to the cultural support structures for sustainable community. Summary handouts will be available. At the Nature Center in Chicago.

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