Join us the third Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 pm
at the Urban Ecology Center for a delicious potluck dinner and a program including lively discussion.




Friends of Real Food

October 19, 2017
6 to 8 pm
Potluck dinner, video, discussion

Mushroom Hunters
On the Trail of an Underground America

How do wild mushrooms get to chefs and other buyers? Author Langdon Cook shares his adventures in his lively book (and the video we’ll watch) as he tells the story of the underground economy of professional mushroom gathers and dealers.

If you’d like, Cook’s book, Mushroom Hunters, is available through the Milwaukee Public Library.  All are welcome to join us whether you’ve read the book or not.


"Intrepid writer, naturalist and foodie Langdon Cook takes us along on his journey into the often secretive world of mushroom gatherers and dealers on the West Coast. Cook is marvelous company--bright, inquisitive, and up for an adventure. This revealing volume is part memoir, part social study, part nature guidebook, part recipe collection, and completely compelling. You'll never look at a chanterelle the same way again."
--PNBA Awards Committee


Thursday, November 16, 2017
6 to 8 pm
Potluck dinner, speaker(s) and discussion

Learn. Earn. Grow. MKE
How MKE teens are farming,earning & learning
Speaker: Bonnie Halvorsen

UWM Office of Sustainability

The exciting new L.E.G. program provides Milwaukee high school students with summer urban agriculture jobs, mentors and a range of experiences to build their readiness for the growing greens jobs market.  It’s a partnership that includes UWM’s Office of Sustainability and Vincent High School’s Agriculture Program.


Thursday, December 21, 2017
6 to 8 pm
Potluck dinner, videos + discussion 

A Bone to Pick: The good and bad news about food from Mark Bittman

We’ll look at “the good and bad news about food, with wisdom, insights  and advice on diets, food safety, GMOs, farming, and more” from Mark Bittman, a well-known and respected food writer.  He informs us about our food system and inspires us to take action -- in our personal eating choices and in influencing public policy.

If you’d like to read this collection of essays, A Bone to Pick, is available at the Milwaukee Public Library and from local booksellers.  Many of Mark Bittman’s articles are available too on his website:

All are welcome to join us whether you done some reading ahead of time or not