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UHC Lecture Series 2011 04) Anna Glenn, UHC & Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 · 6:30 PM

Gardener in Istanbul (Taken by Ben Helphand)

“Urban Agriculture in Istanbul: 1,000 year old fortification wall gardens, airport gardens, and a women’s cooperative.”

Come see our very own Anna Glenn and Ben Helphand from NeighborSpace talk about urban agriculture in Istanbul, Turkey.

Speakers: Anna Glenn, UHC & Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace
Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: J. Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library
644 W. Belmont Avenue, 60657 (map)
Cost: FREE!

Lecture Summary

Ben and Anna visited three distinct sites of urban agriculture while visiting Turkey in October 2010. Their presentation will cover the (long) history of gardens in Turkey and current pressures that threaten the land and the livelihood of the ‘bostanji’, the urban gardeners who depend on the food for home consumption and income. Ben and Anna visited Turkey as environment sector participants in a cross-cultural leadership training program for emerging grassroots leaders. The program is implemented by Heartland International and is funded by the US Department of State.

Lecturer Bios

Ben Helphand is the Executive Director of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit urban land trust dedicated to preserving and sustaining community managed open spaces in Chicago. He is also on the board of the Active Transporation Alliance and the Board President of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a community group that advocates for the conversion of an elevated rail viaduct on Chicago’s NW Side into a multi-use linear park. Prior to working for NeighborSpace Ben worked as the Pedestrian Program Manager and Director of the Civic Footprint at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Ben came to Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in the history of religion from the University of Chicago and then went on to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In his spare time Ben gardens at his home in Logan Square and co-creates the Election Day Advent Calendar, a democracy themed countdown calendar.

Anna Glenn is a Landscape Architect and Biologist and is Vice President of UHC. Read more on her work and involvement here.


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