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Food. A Chicago Sustainability Series Dialogue

Food, A #SustainTheChi Dialogue will run from 6-8pm on Thursday, July 21st and will be hosted in the new Life Creative co-working space at 1655 W. Walnut Street, between Paulina and Ashland, off of Lake Street. 

Jonathan Scheffel (Founder, Healthy Soil Compost) and Benjamin Kant (Founder, Metropolitan Farms) will discuss their work, the Chicago food ecosystem, and all proceeds will go towards The Christmas Cheer Foundation.

Jon will provide insight on how composting gives food scraps and waste a new purpose, his experience in different neighborhoods, and his partnership with NLR Worms. Healthy Soil Compost will also be providing composting services.

Ben, will speak to converting an abandoned lot into an urban farm and tilapia fishery, building relationships with grocery stores and restaurants, and community engagement in Humboldt Park.

Additionally, the panel will address how we can reduce the carbon footprint of our meals, and turning sustainability into a business.

For The Food Dialogue, we will partner with The Christmas Cheer Foundation, a non-profit that feeds approximately 700-1,000 Chicagoans a week, and over 200,000 a year.

There is a $10 suggested donation to attend, and all funds will go entirely to The Christmas Cheer Foundation’s programming. For people unable to donate, attendance is free with registration at

Tomás de’Medici, Founder of The Chicago Sustainability Series, will moderate the Dialogue, which will be recorded and shared as a podcast after the event.