Sweet Water News: Volume 3, Issue 4

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Sweet Water Foundation News: Volume 3, Issue 4
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THERE GROWS THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Sweet Water News
Spring has sprung! Despite a few rainy (and snowy) days, daily activities have begun to shift outdoors and The Commons is welcoming more and more visitors daily. During the month of April, SWF hosted its first farm-to-table dinner of the season in the Lightbox Theater + Gallery and also began hosting volunteers every Wednesday to help on the farm and in the Work-Shop. The SWF team continues to prep The Commons for upcoming events and finalize summer activities. 

This month, take a moment to read how SWF's team is spreading the practice of Regenerative Neighborhood Development across the City of Chicago and beyond. We also invite you to read how SWF is utilizing art at The Commons and providing a much-needed space for an intergenerational audience to express creativity and stories through art. We look forward to seeing you at The Commons this spring! There GROWS the Neighborhood!

IN THIS ISSUE:
REGENERATIVE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN ACTION

Sweet Water Stories
PEOPLE

Humans of Sweet Water

Meet Jesse Blom...Jesse has been part of the Sweet Water family since 2010 when he worked with SWF to cultivate partnerships with schools and community groups across Milwaukee and Chicago. Although his professional journey has led him to his current role as Executive Director of the Green Heart Project in Charleston, South Carolina, Jesse continues to be a close collaborator and an extended member of the SWF team. Green Heart Project uses agriculture as a tool for personal development, education, and community engagement, and will be developing an urban garden in downtown Charleston. SWF is excited to feature Jesse as a partner and lifelong member of the SWF family. 

Click here to learn more about Jesse’s evolving relationship with SWF. 

EVENTS

What's Happening at The Commons?
EVERY WEDNESDAY

May 8

THRU

MAY 29 

 
WEEKLY VOLUNTEER DAYS:
Join the Sweet Water community as we prepare for the 2019 farming season!  Each Wednesday from May 8 - May 29, SWF is looking for 10 volunteers to help us prepare the farm. Activities include: clearing out rows, tilling, laying down woodchips and soil, and transplanting. 

Space is limited to 10 people each week. Registration requested.

 

FRI

MAY

17
Remake Learning Days: Radical Imaginations @ The Commons

Sweet Water Foundation is excited to take part in the Remake Learning Days Chi festival. The festival, presented by the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX), will turn Chicago into an open and dynamic learning laboratory with more than 100 hands-on, learning opportunities in schools, museums, libraries, parks, and c
ommunity centers across the city.  All ages are welcome. Activities will include seed starting and transplanting, movement workshops, and nature-inspired art.

The Event is FREE, but space is limited. Registration is requested. Click here to register.
 

SAT

JUN

22
SAVE-THE-DATE: 2nd Annual Juneteenth @ The Commons

Save-the-date for Sweet Water Foundation's annual celebration of freedom and community.  Free food, music, arts + craft, community-building and more.

More details coming soon.

 

STAY TUNED FOR OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT
THE COMMONS

 
RECIPES

Onion and Chive Bread

One of the first plants to start sprouting this spring at The Commons were chives. Often overlooked as a type of grass, chives are perennial herbs in the allium family that taste similar to onions. Mix chives into mashed potatoes, garnish a main dish with them, or sprinkle chopped chives on top of a fresh arugula and kale salad for an extra bit of flavor. This month, add freshly chopped chives to this Onion and Chive Bread recipe by Pattie from Olla-Podrida. This bread recipe is simple, flavorful, and can be eaten at any time of the day! 

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups bread flour 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 cups room temperature water
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for topping 
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, for topping

To try this recipe, click here
 
PHOTOS

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