THRIVE: Sustainability Sessions brings together local minds to explore sustainable living in Minnesota
While many recognize Minnesota’s growing reputation for sustainability after being named in the top ten most LEED-certified construction projects per capita in 2013 and with the state’s largest-ever solar energy project moving forward, Minnesota is also making strides in food production and consumption, brewing, and land restoration as well, due in large part to the rising demand for locally-sourced or -made products.
In celebration of the groundwork that’s been laid and to propel the movement forward, The Growler and Chowgirls are proud to announce a new lecture series exploring sustainability in Minnesota’s food, brewing, and farming industries. Beginning on April 6 and running through May 12, the five talks will be held at the Chowgirls Parlor in Minneapolis and will be led by sustainability experts, local restauranteurs, ranchers, Dessa of Doomtree, and The Growler’s Joe Alton.
Chowgirls, a Minneapolis-based, award-winning catering company offering full service and delivery in the Twin Cities and beyond, will play host to each session at their Chowgirls Parlor located at 1224 Second Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Each session, guests will have the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of Minnesota’s bold change-makers and learn about what’s on the horizon in the world of food, agriculture, and beer.
The series kicks off on April 6th at 1pm with Thrive: Digging Deep with Dessa. Minnesota hip-hop artist, Dessa, leads a discussion with key players in the sustainable food scene in Minneapolis including Niel Ritchie, CEO of the Main Street Project, Sam Grant of the Movement Center for Deep Democracy, and local farmer Joshua Bryceson, who runs Turnip Rock Farm, 50 minutes outside the Twin Cities. Turnip Rock Farm operates a CSA and works under the guiding principal that quality food is a right, not a privilege. Bring your questions about policy and your questions about grocery shopping. After the panel, Dessa will perform a short set. Tickets for this first Thrive event are $15 and available at https://
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At April 21st’s Thrive: The Essence of Sustainability and Beyond (7pm), sustainability expert Dylan Skybrook talks about the necessity of recognizing an interconnected world and Joshua Foss from Ecala Group talks about Thriveability—going beyond just avoiding negative impact. Together, they’ll help people think about the core of sustainability and cooperating with the planet as an interconnected system.
On April 28th at 7pm, Todd Churchill from 1000 Hills Cattle Company is the featured speaker of Thrive: Amazing Grazing – The Importance of Grass Fed Beef. Churchill will talk about why he raises grass-fed beef using no grain, no antibiotics, and no artificial hormones and gives a history lesson of how politics and power have shaped and created the current food system.
Chowgirls co-founder and boss lady Heidi Andermack and Chef Jerry Fodness will be on hand at May 5th’s Thrive: The Locavore Link – Know Your Farmers at 7pm to lead the discussion with the always engaging Bossy Acres’ Karla Pankow and Elizabeth Millard, and Peterson-Limosin Beef’s Andy Peterson about the importance of local sourcing and partnerships in food businesses.
At Thrive: Drinking and Thriving – Sustainability and Brewing on May 12th at 7pm, Joe Alton, editor at The Growler Magazine will lead a conversation that covers various aspects of the brewing process. A great lineup of panelists include Ryan Petz of Fulton Beer, Jay and Sandy Boss-Febbo of Bang Brewing, Tom La Pitz of Hippity Hop Farms, and Chris German of BSG Craft Brewing and Rahr Malting.
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Each THRIVE: Sustainability Session will have snacks from Chowgirls, a cash bar, along with coffee service by Spyhouse, and a different local brewer present. The Growler will be giving away a pair of tickets to each session (excluding Digging Deep with Dessa) to the person who submits the best question for the panel.
Submit your question here for the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the April 22nd THRIVE: The Essence of Sustainability and Beyond.