Tours 2013 | FRIDAY MORNING TOURS
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Six tours were offered Friday Morning.
Film: "We Are Not Ghosts" - meet Detroiters who have not given up on a vision for the city they love. Facilitated conversation will take place after the film. The film will show during the tours - you have a choice of a tour or the film.
Tour 1 - Neighbors Building Brightmoor Farmway
Tour Guide: Billie Hickey has a background in environmental education and gardening. She and her husband Bill "retired" to the Brightmoor area three years ago to live and work with the urban agriculture movement there, including food justice. Youth and community development are key to this work. Tour the Neighbors Building Brightmoor area stopping at several diverse gardens. Hear about the history of the area and learn how gardens have fed both body and soul. Neighbors and youth will be at the various gardens to present and answer questions.
Tour 2 - Intentional Community: Model Exploration & Digital
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Tour Guide: Blair Evans is the founder and CEO of Evans Solutions, Inc., as well as the founder and Superintendent of Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy and the Incite Focus Program. Visit the Incite Focus Digital Fab Lab and Exploration of Models for Intentional Communities, and see Intentional Community developmental sites around the City of Detroit.
Tour 3 - Eastside Gardens
Tour Guide: Patrick Crouch and volunteers from Earthworks Urban Farms and other nearby organizations will lead this tour. Tour the gardens on the Eastside of Detroit that are working to build community, increase food access, utilize land in alternative methods, and address food injustice. Possible visits: Feedom Freedom, Earthworks Urban Garden, Growing Joy, and Georgia Street.
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Tour 4 - From Growing Our Economy to Visionary Organizing, Growing Our Souls, and the Next American Revolution
Tour Guide: Rich Feldman is a member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center's Nurture Community Leadership program. He spent 20 years on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company and currently works for the International UAW. Tour or Transition? Travel to the Packard Plant, Poletown Plant, Hope District, Feedom Freedom Growers, Heidleberg Project. Learn how we are moving from War Zones to Peace Zones, from Land Grabs and Agribusiness by re-imagining for our children through place - based community building and new forms of self-government.
Tour 5 - Creating a More Sustainable Home
Tour Guide: Joel Howrani Heeres is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator at WARM Training Center. Visit Joel's home and get a first-hand look at how he made it more sustainable, eg., insulating attic & basement, caulking, water catchment, and gardening. You'll be encouraged by the ways you can save energy, save water, and grow your own food.
Tour 6 - Climate Change - An Up Close Look
Presenter: Rhonda Anderson has worked with Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Program for over 12 years. She has focused much of her work in the downriver communities of Detroit, River Rouge and Ecorse. Zip code 48217 is the most polluted area in MI. Participants will experience what Climate Change looks like.