Sweet Water News: Volume 1, Issue 1

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Sweet Water Foundation News: Volume 1, Issue 1  
June 2017
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THERE GROWS THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Sweet Water News

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Sweet Water Foundation's newsletter. Each issue will share stories that bring to life our work, which we refer to as Regenerative Placemaking. Through the practice of regenerative placemaking, Sweet Water Foundation creates safe and inspiring spaces that cultivate healthy, intergenerational communities and transform the ecology of once-blighted neighborhoods. Our work is centered at the Perry Ave Commons, a community at the nexus of the Englewood and Washington Park neighborhoods on Chicago's South side.

We are doing good, creating change, and leading the Radical Reconstruction of an inclusive and sustainable way of urban living. We hope you'll join us. 
 
Read on to learn more about our practice and how you can get involved by visiting, volunteering and/or supporting Sweet Water Foundation.
REGENERATIVE PLACEMAKING IN ACTION

Sweet Water Stories
Welcome Seoidín O'Sullivan
Artist-in-Residence 

Artist, Seoidín O'Sullivan, is the recipient of the first Sweet Water Foundation Residency Exchange with Hyde Park Art Center in partnership with IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Create Ireland.
Read more...
Permaculture at the Commons
Michelle Nordmeyer is creating a permaculture-style, urban fruit forest at the Perry Ave Community Farm.




 
Read more...
Harvard + Arduinos
at Think-Do House

The Assistant Dean of Information Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stephen Ervin, delivers an Arduino Workshop at the Commons.


 
Read more...
PEOPLE

Humans of Sweet Water
Meet Devontae Phillips...

a class of 2016 graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School who started working as part of Sweet Water Foundation's (SWF) Apprenticeship and Outreach Program during the summer of 2015. Inspired by his experience and the camaraderie of the Sweet Water team, he continued working as an apprentice with SWF throughout his senior year via a work study program that allowed him to earn, learn, and receive school credits. Devontae is now a union carpenter and continues to work with SWF as a mentor and volunteer.

Click here to learn more about Devontae.
EVENTS

What's Happening at the Commons?
FREE LIVING FOODS WORKSHOP  
Join Regina Dillard of Inner + Sanctum Wellness to discover the wonders of LIVE FOODS. Experience the beauty and vibrancy of foods which can transform your health in a matter of weeks. This workshop is a introduction to Living Foods, which includes a rotating menu of delicious easy-to-prepare foods and desserts. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited, to register, please click here
FARMERS' MARKET LAUNCH  
Every Friday and Saturday 10AM until 1PM

Harvest season is almost here. The weekly farmers' market at Perry Ave Commons will begin on Friday, June 23rd and run every Friday and Saturday from 10am until 1pm. Come get fresh, local and community-grown produce. Bring a bag.
JUNE VOLUNTEER DAY  
Come out to help GROW the neighborhood. Roll up your sleeves and help the Sweet Water Foundation team with weeding, transplanting, harvesting, painting and more. Please register by clicking here Volunteers should bring a water bottle and sun protection (hat, sunscreen).  Thank you!
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Got Rain Barrels?
Help us reduce our water usage buy donating an unused rain barrel and/or purchasing a new rain barrel. Click the image above to purchase the best priced rain barrels, as recommended by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
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