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The Week of September 26, 2011Read/Post Comments

Food Recalls, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Recipe, Community Announcements, Updates

Brought to you by Earthworks Urban Farm, a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Peace everyone,

Food recalls, food-borne illnesses and the presence of allergens can impact the availability of safe food.

How safe is the food in your community?  What steps can you take to make sure food is more safe for consumption?

If you suspect that food from a store or restaurant is contaminated, follow these tips to report the problem quickly and effectively.

I. Volunteer Opportunities for the  week o f 9/26/2011:
Wednesdays thru Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm; Regular Volunteer Hours:  Please join us after working in the gardens for lunch in the soup kitchen Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

All volunteers, please meet at Capuchin Soup Kitchen at 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI unless noted differently. For individual volunteers, feel free to just come on by.  No need to RSVP.  For groups, please contact us in advance to schedule a day. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and work.  During summer months, water bottles, hats with brims, sunscreen and work gloves are highly encouraged.  Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.  For questions, please email Shane at or call (313) 579-2100 x 204.

II. Chef Alison's featured recipe of the week:
Chef Alison from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen highlights quick and easy recipes featuring produce grown in Earthworks gardens.  Recipes can be modified according to taste.

Eggplant Caponatas

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

2 1/4 pounds eggplants
1/2 pound green olives packed in brine, pitted
6 ounces salted capers, rinsed
1 1/4 pounds celery ribs
1 cup tomato sauce (optional)
2/3 pound onions
2/3 pound tomatoes
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
3/8 cup pine nuts
Olive oil

Begin by stripping the filaments from the celery sticks, then blanch them in lightly salted water for five minutes. Drain them, cut them into bite-size pieces, sauté them in a little oil, and set them aside.

Wash the eggplant, dice them, put the pieces in a strainer, sprinkle them liberally with salt, and let them sit for several hours to draw out the bitter juices. While they're sitting, blanch, peel, seed and chop the tomatoes.

Once the eggplant has sat, rinse away the salt and pat the pieces dry. Finely slice the onion and sauté them in olive oil; once they have turned translucent add the capers, pine nuts, olives, and tomatoes. Continue cooking, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the tomatoes are done, about 15 minutes, and then remove the pot from the fire.

While the tomatoes are cooking heat a second pot of oil and fry the diced eggplant, in several batches to keep the oil from getting chilled. When the last batch is done, return the tomato pot to the fire and stir in the eggplant, together with the previously sautéed celery. Cook for several minutes over a low flame, stirring gently, then stir in the vinegar and the sugar; when the vinegar has almost completely evaporated remove the pot from the fire and let it cool.

Serve the caponata cold with a garnish of fresh basil.

III. Community Announcements:
1. Fifth annual Green Screen Youth Film Festival makes call for entries

Sponsored by East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Green Screen provides a forum where students from across southeast Michigan and beyond showcase films with environmental themes. The work of these young filmmakers expresses what they think is most crucial to their health and to the natural environment. Some films also focus on making the world, their school or neighborhood environmentally healthier.

Deadline for entries is November 1st, 2011. Anyone interested entering a film for Green Screen 2011, sponsoring a film, volunteering or making a donation of support should call 313 559-7498 or visit for Green Screen entry guidelines.

2. Michigan's Harvest: Food, Farming and Community
The Lorenzo Cultural Center 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038
September 24 - November 20, 2011
Wednesday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 1-4pm

Experience Michigan's rich agricultural heritage and traditions through appetizing exhibits, tasty activities, and an abundant crop of expert speakers sure to yield a bounty of knowledge.
The Lorenzo Cultural Center offers you a memorable presentation of Michigan's prominence in our country's food industry. From our farming heritage to health and nutrition, this unique exhibition serves up a nourishing harvest of fun facts, rich flavors, and Michigan-grown experiences for you to discover.

6th & 8th Precinct (West) located at Bushnell Church, 15000 Southfield Road
September 26
6:30 p.m.

Mayor Dave Bing's administration will provide an overview of The Detroit Works Project's short-term strategy to community members during the upcoming Detroit Police Department Community Relations Meetings in the month of September.  

During the Detroit Police Department Community Relations Meetings approximately 30-minutes are being designated for a brief presentation to attendees about the Detroit Works Project short-term strategy.  Representatives will also answer questions the attendees have about the project.

Additionally, CB patrols, block clubs, faith-based groups, and so forth can request to have a Detroit Works Project representative attend their meeting to discuss details of the short-term action strategy.

To make a request visit and go to the "Get Involved" tab.  Click on   "Upcoming Events" and download the "Meeting Request Form."  Complete the entire form, print it out and submit it using one of the two methods that are identified on the form.  Deadline to submit the "Meeting Request Form" is Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.

All auditions held at 7441 Second Avenue, Detroit, 48202
(On the corner of Bethune and Second, one block from the Fisher Building)
September 26th, 27th and 28th from 6-9pm

Auditions for Mosaic's FREE training programs are open to youth ages 11-18 from across Metro Detroit. You do not have to call to schedule an audition, simply show up on an audition night between the hours of 6-9pm. First come, First Served. $5.00 Audition fee per person

Audition requirements are as follows:
· Acting: To audition for Acting choose one of the following options:
Option 1 - Prepare and memorize a one minute monologue from a published play.
Option 2 - Receive a monologue to perform when you arrive for auditions. Option 2 does not require memorization.
· Vocal Performance: To audition for Vocal Performance prepare a one minute song to be sang acapella (without musical accompaniment).

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit 3011 West Grand Blvd - Suite 1510 Detroit, MI 48202
313.872.6910 (p) - 313.872.6920 (f)

5. Detroit's first food truck gathering!
Shed 2, Eastern Market
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Featuring the creative mobile kitchens of:
Concrete Cuisine, El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill, Debajo del Sol, Franks Anatra, Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes, People's Pierogi Collective, Trailer Park'd, San Street, Treat Dreams, Urban Grounds

Join Eastern Market Corporation for this first-of-its-kind gathering of carts, trucks, and street food vendors. Sample a diverse array of dishes, experience entrepreneurship in action, and be a part of Detroit food history you will not want to miss!

6.  Take Back Our Government: Repeal Emergency Manager Law
Madame Cadillac Building,  Marygrove College 8425 W. McNichols
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
7 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Herb Sanders, Legal Director AFSCME
Moderator:  Julie Hurwitz, MCHR , NLG and Sugar Law board
Testimonies of Those Impacted
Call to Action - Edith Lee Payne                                Audience Interaction

Michigan's legislature under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, recently passed a law, Public Act 4, establishing a new form of local government by granting state-appointed emergency managers broad powers in communities or school districts in financial distress. A group of Michigan citizens have joined in a lawsuit to repeal the law contending that it violates the state constitution. They believe that it will strip elected officials of their power, cancel collective bargaining agreements and privatize services. In effect, it violates the right of all  citizen's to vote and to elect the leaders of their choice, taking away their basic right to self-government. IT IS AN ISSUE WE SHOULD ALL CARE ABOUT AND SAFEGUARD. Come and learn more about this timely and important issue.
For more info: Call 313 579-9071 or go to  Suggested donation $5

7. CLR's Vacant Property Education Series
Vanguard 2785 E Grand Blvd
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Attendees will learn how to:

    Search for property ownership information using City and County websites,
    How to search for entity contact information using State websites and
    How to look up tax information using County websites

Please note this is an introductory course for those individuals and organizations that have LITTLE OR NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE using City and County websites to look up ownership information. Some familiarity with computer and internet usage will help ensure you get the most out of this seminar.

Due to the space limitations we can only accommodate 25 participants therefore
RSVP is required Contact Baraka Johnson at bjohnson@clronline or 313.969.7190 and only one person per organization may attend.

8. Stand Up for Maryanne Godboldo
Central United Methodist Church 23 E. Adams Detroit, MI 48226
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Labor, clergy, community stand up for Maryanne Godboldo.

Leaders from labor, clergy and numerous community organizations will hold a news conference to express their support for Maryanne Godboldo as Juvenile Court makes a final decision regarding the return of her daughter, Ariana.

Ms. Golboldo who was the subject of a police action against her in March of this year, has been subject to the scrutinty of Michigan Child Protective Services for the last months.  The organizations collectively feel that it is time to reunite mother, child and father without the specter of state sanction.

9. The Powerful Trio & Blackhackerspace presents: Traversing the Urban Lanscape
The Bankle Building 2944 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Through multiple art forms, stories of Detroit's design aestheic are told expressing its culture and history.  The Powerful Trio features and installation by Conant Gardens Artists, performance art including spoken word, ballet-Afro-modern dance with violin fusion.

A flim screening of Detroit Dance Project exposing the history of Detroit Mural Factory.  Festival attendees can paint fiberboards and other partner led projects.

10. Meldrum Fresh Market
Capuchin Soup Kitchen - Earthworks Urban Farm 1264 Meldrum Detroit, MI 48207
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bring Cash or your Bridge Card to purchase fresh organic produce harvested right from our gardens!  Come support us and tell your friends!

11. Post 9/11 Civil Right Lecture
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium 471 W. Palmer, Detroit, MI

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
5:00 - 7:00pm

The Damon J. Keith Center proudly presents it's first annual Post 9/11 Civil Rights Lecture featuring Professor David Cole, Georgetown University.  For more information about this event, please contact Holly Hughes at 313 577-3620 or

12. Detroit Charter Community Presentation!
Jordan Missionary Baptist Church 703 Newport St, Detroit
Thursday, September 29

DetCharter is currently planning several community presentations to help spread the word about the proposed draft. Join Us!

The Charter establishes the ground rules from which the city government operates, details the roles of the executive and legislative branches of local government, enables the election process and mandates the departments, programs and services that we all rely on in our daily lives.

13. Public Planetarium Show
Wayne State University Planteriam 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Friday, September 30th, 2011

Join us as we present the first Public Planteriam show of the Fall semester.  Come and learn about the Current Night Sky and see the full dome film, "Invaders of Mars".

An RSVP is NOT REQUIRED.  Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and we sugget you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to show time.  For more information about this event, please contact Pat or Dawn at 313 577-2107 or

14. The Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Monthly Gathering: Non-Violent Communication for Undoing Racism
Hannan House 4750 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 (between Forest and Warren)
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The very words we use and how we are taught to speak contributes to racism. What consciousness is necessary for racial justice?  Come together to be introduced to a language that brings compassion to all relationships.  We will explore the possibility of initiating NVC (non-violent communication) practice groups as a follow up.

Light Refreshments will be available.  You can assist by spreading the word about this effort and bringing others with you! Bring your announcements to share.

The Urban Network Cyber Cafe 5740 Grand River Detroit, MI 48208
Saturday, October 1st, 2011

It is no secret that HIV/AIDS is plaguing the community at an alarming rate! So, through collaborative efforts with qualified organizations and Keynote Speaker Felix Sirls, the Urban Network will provide educational resources to the community in order to fight this deadly pandemic.

Please come out, bring your teenagers, listen, arm yourself with some information and join in the fight to tackle this pandemic head on!  FREE Event!

16. Detroit Green Water Infrastructure Bike Tour
Sunday, October 2, 2011
2 to 5pm

On this guided 12-mile bike tour, you will see the Detroit Riverfront, Midtown, and Detroit's east side to see examples of constructed wetlands that absorb stormwater from surrounding streets, rain gardens, native grasses, and much more.  Register at (It's $35 to rent a bike and $25 without renting a bike.  Full scholarships are available for Detroit residents by contacting Melissa at (313) 965-0055.

17. Fighting Hunger a United Effort
Gleaners Community Food Bank 2131 Beaufait Detroit, MI 48207
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
8:00am - 4:00pm

Keynote Speaker:
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Chair, Senate Agriculture Committee

    Collaborative Cafe Exhibit
    Panel Discussion
    Call to Action
    Tours of Best Practice Sites

It's no secret.  There is a food crisis in Michigan with 1 in 5 residents having trouble affording enough food.  What are the barriers to food access?  What strategies will help overcome the challenges affecting our food system?  What best practice models exist?

These are some of the questions we will address at this important summit attended by representatives from the business, government, agriculture, education and on-profit sectors, as we launch a collaborative effort to end hunger in Southeast Michigan.

For more information on this event, contact:
Eric Davis, Food Initiative Director - United Way for Southeastern Michigan, or (313) 231-1747.

18. Cook, Eat, Talk: Building Community through Food Justice Documentary
UU Church 4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Please join us for a community screening and feedback session for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force's documentary, Cook, Eat, Talk: Building Community through Food Justice.  We will be sharing the film at the new Cass Corridor Commons (the UU Church at E. Forest and Cass Ave.).  Light and healthy refreshments will be served.

IV. Jobs in the Community

Member and Community Mobilizer
American Federation of Teachers

Commons Building Manager
East Michigan Environmental Action Council

V. Update from Patrick

I don't know if I remember a nicer fall in Detroit.  Even on our wet Friday, it was still lovely out, I had the chance to make compost with Robbie, and get to know if better.  Other days were sunny and lovely and get days for getting stuff done. 

What have we been getting done?  Well we keep on harvesting a lot of stuff.  Tomatoes, beans, eggplant, peppers, squash are still coming in, and now we are adding kale, spinach and lettuce to the mix.  We have been sifting on compost, turning compost and building new piles.  Lots of weeding, trying to keep the peas, spinach and onions free of weeds.  I'm not sure how the over wintering onions are going to do this year, but I feel as though we have managed to keep them more free of weeds than in previous year.  Peas have some flowers on them, so we may have a few snow peas pretty soon.  Winter squash is really close to being ready and harvesting, but I just want it to ripen a little bit more.  Winter squash that are really truly ripened and cured well are a thing to behold.  I love them, and its been years since we have had a really good crop so, I'm trying to make the most of this.  Since we don't look like we have any danger of frost, I'm holding on.

Most of the summer crops are looking pretty terrible, the tomatoes are dying back, the sunflowers are so heavy with seed they are falling over, and the squash are covered in powdery mildew.  They keep producing, and we haven't had frost, so I won't bother ripping them out.

The hoop house, after having all the summer crops ripped out is springing back to life.  Radishes, spinach and lettuce for fall harvest are all sprouting up.  We are supposed to have planted more, but our seeder needs a new part and that has been holding us back.  This week for sure we will replace it and then its more seeding.  Its getting cool enough at night that we are rolling down the sides and trying to keep the warmth in.  We have now pulled out all but one row of tomatoes, and have been sifting and laying out compost on beds and planting more collards for the winter.

We officially turned the corner into fall this week, with the equinox and the official start of fall on Friday the 23rd.  Its shaping up to be a lovely one.



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