K.A.M.’s food justice weekend returns in January

Staff Writer

The fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel will take place Jan. 17 to Jan. 19.

The keynote address will be provided by Martha C. Nussbaum, who will speak on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract” at the temple’s Shabbat service at 8 p.m., Friday, at the temple, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Law School at the University of Chicago. She is the author of “Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice.”

Saturday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. a community design workshop of expert growers and planners will design a one-acre, sustainable urban “food forest” using input from the community and audience.

The panel working to design it includes K.A.M. II’s farm manager Erin Dumbauld; Ken Dunn, founder and director of Resource Center; Seneca Kern, cofounder of WeFarm America; Elan Margulies, director emeritus of Pushing the Envelope Farm; Dave Snyder of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project and Michael Thompson, cofounder of the Chicago Honey Co-op. Architect and founder of the temple’s farm program, Robert Nevel, will lead the workshop.

A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., more than a dozen smaller workshops will offer information from gardeners, contractors, material suppliers, environmentalists and urban famers. Representatives from organizations like Urban Worm Girl, Neighbor Space, Openlands, Lake Street Supply and Counter Culture Coffee will present.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information visit kami.org/MLK.