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Sara Zalek

Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)


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July 19. 4-7pm. Raw Cheese One with Nance Klehm of Living Kitchen $60

Learn how to make cultured butter, buttermilk, ricotta and yogurt with tastings of what we make along the way! We will be using local, organic cream-top raw milk from a curious herd of jersey cows who graze on green pasture in Northwest Illinois.

You will have the opportunity to purchase this raw milk to take home with you at $4 per 1⁄2 gallon. If interested, place your order with Sara Zalek by JULY 15th

What is Living Kitchen?

Living Kitchen is a series of informal cooking workshops that hopes to reorganize our connection to land, ourselves and our communities through the processing and sharing of local and regional foods. In these workshops we use foods that are locally cultivated, as well as foraged in order to foster exploration of our environs and with our relationship with what’s growing around us.


Nance Klehm is a steward of the earth. She is an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower, as well as an in demand consultant, speaker, and teacher. She is respected internationally for her work on land politics and growing for fertility.

Nance was honored as one of Utne Reader’s Twelve Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2012. Her work has been featured in news and media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Reuters news service, on the MSN Moneywebsite, American Public Media’s Weekend America program, BBC Radio Canada, Chicago Public Radio, Le Devoir(Montreal) and La Raza (Chicago). She is the founder of Social Ecologies, an organization that acts as an umbrella for a variety of ongoing ecological and system-regenerating projects.

Nance earned a B.A. in Archaeology and Spanish Literature from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., followed by graduate work in Education Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has continued her education in a variety of ways, from intensive cheesemaking training on a sheep farm outside of Brattleboro, Vermont, to studying with David Holmgren (the co-originator, with Bill Mollison, of the concept of Permaculture). She worked with Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust of Devon, England, took herbal apprenticeships in Wisconsin, and herbal study at the East West College of Herbalism in California.

She lives in Little Village, a densely packed, diverse urban neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Her house and land are daily practice in permaculture and urban living. Nance can be hired for greywater design and conversion, water harvesting, earthworks design and installation, community and/or institutional green waste-to-fertility systems, and horticultural and ecological systems design and consultations (including habitat creation, biological water filtration, green waste composting/vermicomposting, humanmanure, and intensive food and medicine systems). Nance is also available for site consultations, lectures, informal talks, and teaching assignments. Contact her for a price schedule at or check out the Social Ecologies list of services at For more information, check out:

Have questions about RAW CHEESE ONE? Contact Sara Zalek

When & Where

3642 W Dickens Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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Sara Zalek

Sara Zalek is an artist obsessed with time travel, dreams, predatory animals, permaculture, and the act of transformation. Largely inspired by Hijikata, Yoko Ono, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie, she  aims to develop greater openness, acute listening and fierce collaboration while embodying the collective psyche.

Formerly an adventure-traveler, yoga instructor, and self-taught artist, Zalek arrived in Chicago to study at SAIC in 2003. Since then, she has performed in over 50 unique collaborations and solo works at venues locally and nationally. She has grown and tended her own garden for 4 years.

She currently teaches butoh classes at Outerspace, curates ecology and movement workshops, and was recently awarded a DCASE grant after curating and producing Chicago's first Butoh Festival in April 2014. More information:

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