Roving Café Society with WBEZ: Greening Humboldt Park's Rooftops

Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 12:00pm

Event Info


FREE - Reservations Recommended


WBEZ West Side Community Bureau

2710 W. Cermak Rd.





Join us for an intimate conversation with Carlos R. DeJesús, Assistant Principal and Director of the UrbanAgriculture initiative at Pedro Albizu Campos High School.

Last March, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School opened its first rooftop greenhouse. They produced 400 pounds of food within its first year. The school's urban agriculture initiative addresses health disparities associated with Humboldt Park's food desert. DeJesús envisions Humboldt Park's rooftops covered with greenhouses. Come learn about this initiative and one high school's efforts to cultivate nutrition in its community.

Carlos R. DeJesús is the Assistant Principal at Pedro Albizu Campos High School (PACHS) and the Director of Urban Agriculture for the Greater Humboldt Park Urban Agriculture Initiative, acollaboration of PACHS and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, among others. The Initiative isdesigned to eradicate the community’s designation as a food desert and ameliorate the nutrition-based chronic illnesses that plague the community. Carlos is also an Adjunct Professor in Community Service Studies at DePaul University and is a member of the State of Illinois CropSciences Advisory Council.

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Created by The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, Café Society is a series of conversations where families, friends, neighbors, and citizens come together to discuss current events and other important political and social issues. By engaging in the meaningful exchange of ideas and perspectives, these conversations aim to enliven the core of democracy and empower the public.  "Cafe Society with WBEZ" was started in 2009 as an annual collaboration whereby one of the monthly Roving Cafe Society discussions is hosted at each of WBEZ's facilities throughout the year.

Major sponsorship support for the Community Bureaus is provided in part by the Sara Lee Foundation.