Sunday Soup Salon with Alex Poltorak

This Sunday, January 22nd join us for another Soup Salon. Here is a little bit about Alex Poltorak, the facilitator for this week. We hope to see you there!

“During my fellowship with Chicago Public Schools we discussed how nutrition impacts students. Often, their only meal of the day is at school, and any food they have outside of school is nutritionally unhealthy stuff like soda and junk/fast food. Clearly, learning and focusing in school become secondary concerns to health and survival under these circumstances. I wanted to use my background in engineering and business to attack this issue head on. I started the Urban Canopy to show how rooftop farming can be a vital part of the urban agriculture movement to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.

“In 2011 there was a small experimental farm on top of The Plant, a Chicago based nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable food production, entrepreneurship, and building reuse through education, research and development. This year I’m hoping to build a 3000 square foot farm at The Plant that aims to grow about 2500 pounds of food!

“Come join me at SHoP on Sunday to discuss more about the work I’m doing, and open up the discussion from there.”


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