Friday, April 1st

noon-1:30pm | Wind Turbine Workshop 1

Sam Newman
Learn how to build your own wind turbine from household materials. In the first part of this three-part workshop, Sam will talk about wind turbines, location, and circuitry.

2:00pm-3:00pm | Composting and You

Tim Bennett
Join Tim Bennett, owner of Bennett Compost, for an introduction to the principles and processes of turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. Good compost is key to urban growing.

3:00pm-4:30pm | Soil Sampling Workshop

TBA
Learn how to sample your soil and get accurate test results. Perfect practice for getting your soil tested at Soil Kitchen!

Saturday, April 2nd

11:00am-noon | Soil Sampling Workshop

TBA
Learn how to sample your soil and get accurate test results. Perfect practice for getting your soil tested at Soil Kitchen!

2:00pm-3:30pm | Community Stock

Patrick Caulfield
Learn how to invest in Community Stock! Chef Patrick Caulfield will provide lessons on investing in the value of communal local food systems. This workshop will invite small communities to join forces to create vegetable stock source from their gardens, tables and neighbors. Bring Table Scraps!

4:00pm-5:00pm | Soil: A Living Thing

Kyle Sirianno
Join soil scientist Kyle Sirianno in looking at the diversity that exists beneath our feet, and the patchwork of organic material that makes up our urban soil landscape. A multimedia presentation with Q&A to follow.

Sunday, April 3rd

noon-3:00pm | Brownfields Conference Tour: Northern Liberties


noon-1:00pm | Composting and You

Tim Bennett
Join Tim Bennett, owner of Bennett Compost, for an introduction to the principles and processes of turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. Good compost is key to urban growing.

1:00pm-4:00pm | Getting to the Dirt: An Urban Agriculture Meet-Up

The Greenhorns
Join young farmer activist group The Greenhorns and the Philadelphia Urban Farm Network as they introduce young farmers in the area that make the food you eat. The meet and greet will include show and tell and small presentations from our guests.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Reading: Don Quixote

TBA
A reading (from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes) of the meeting of Don Quixote and the Windmill over a bowl of soup. Learn about some of the inspiration behind Soil Kitchen. In both English and Spanish.

5:00pm-6:00pm | Archive: Soil Test Results

Representative from the Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry
Learn how to read your soil test results; what they mean and what you can do in response to make your environment a healthy and fruitful space for growing food. Add your test results to the first ever Soil Archive and Map.

Monday, April 4th

11:00am-2:00pm | Wind Turbine Workshop 2

Sam Newman
A hands on workshop where participants will construct a number of small wind turbines from readily available materials. Come ready to build!

3:00pm-5:00pm | Low-tech/Low-cost Remediation of Contaminated Urban Soil

Melissa Miles
Soils in urban areas are contaminated with higher levels of heavy metals than those located in rural areas. Heavy metal contamination brings potential health risk from consumption of home-grown vegetables and fruit in urban backyard environments. This is an environmental problem that needs an environmentally safe and economically feasible solution. This workshop will provide participants with the ability to determine if their soil may be contaminated and provide them with various low-cost, low-tech methods of removing some common contaminants from urban soils.

Tuesday, April 5th

11:00am-noon | Archive: Soil Test Results

Representative from the Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry
Learn how to read your soil test results; what they mean and what you can do in response to make your environment a healthy and fruitful space for growing food. Add your test results to the first ever Soil Archive and Map.

3:00pm-5:00pm | Wind Turbines Workshop 3

Sam Newman
(Weather dependent) Return to mount the turbines and watch them spin!

5:00pm-6:00pm | Community Stock

Patrick Caulfield
Learn how to invest in Community Stock! Chef Patrick Caulfield will provide lessons on investing in the value of communal local food systems. This workshop will invite small communities to join forces to create vegetable stock source from their gardens, tables and neighbors. Bring Table Scraps!

Wednesday, April 6th

noon-1:00pm | Reading: Don Quixote

TBA
A reading (from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes) of the meeting of Don Quixote and the Windmill over a bowl of soup. Learn about some of the inspiration behind Soil Kitchen. In both English and Spanish.

3:00pm-5:00pm | Low-tech/Low-cost Remediation of Contaminated Urban Soil

Melissa Miles
Soils in urban areas are contaminated with higher levels of heavy metals than those located in rural areas. Heavy metal contamination brings potential health risk from consumption of home-grown vegetables and fruit in urban backyard environments. This is an environmental problem that needs an environmentally safe and economically feasible solution. This workshop will provide participants with the ability to determine if their soil may be contaminated and provide them with various low-cost, low-tech methods of removing some common contaminants from urban soils.

About the Soil Kitchen Workshop Presenters

Tim Bennett

Tim Bennett is the owner of Bennet Compost. Bennett Compost collects compostable materials from households and businesses in Philadelphia and creates high quality compost for use in home gardens»website

Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield works as a chef in Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School's Kids' Kitchen, an all-vegetarian, student-run elementary school cooking and gardening program that sources primarily from local, organic growers.

The Greenhorns

The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. »website

Sam Newman

Samuel Newman was born and raised in the Midwest until he studied sculpture at Alfred University in upstate New York State. Major factors in his early development include playing in an algae-filled creek, falling off of a bicycle, and his father tricking him into believing that electricity can come out of the human armpit. He is currently exploring the shifting character of Detroit, Michigan. »website

Melissa Miles

Melissa Miles, Organizer for the Eastern PA Permaculture Guild, is an Environmental Biologist/Conservation Planner, Permaculture Designer/Teacher and Consultant. She has studied Biogeochemistry, Green Building and Sustainable Design at the graduate level and has served as Organizer for the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild. Additionally, Melissa manages The Permanent Futures Institute at Two Miles Micro-Farm -- a peri-urban, micro-farm and regenerative design and training center located in south eastern Pennsylvania. Melissa is a contributing author for The Permaculture Research Institute in Austrailia and writes on the subject of Sustainable Agriculture for the Philadelphia Examiner. »website

Kyle Siranno

Kyle Sirianno currently works as an assistant geoscientist with Tetra Tech EC, an environmental consulting firm specializing in remediation of hazardous waste. Before Joining Tetra Tech, Kyle worked as the Samuel Fels Intern for the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society as a soil scientist. Kyle received his M.Sc. at Penn in environmental chemistry in 2009.