The Round Lake Area B.E.S.T. Coalition (Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together) will meet on Thursday, April 10th at 8:30 a.m. at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach. B.E.S.T. meets the second Thursday each month. The speaker this month is Eric Carlberg, Director and Educator of Prairie Crossing Farm Corp.
About Eric Carlberg:
Eric Carlberg is the Farm Manager of the Learning Farm located within Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Ill. The Learning Farm leads a variety of outdoor farm-based education programs, including a job-training program for racially and economically diverse teens. Before joining the Learning Farm in 2009, Eric earned an M.A. in Theological studies from Chicago Theological Seminary.Eric joined the Learning Farm in March 2009. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Capital University and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary, completing coursework in urban ministry, non-profit leadership, and eco-justice as well as a thesis on subsistence farming in ancient Israel.
Eric’s background includes 7 years experience in social services, having worked as case manager for low-income senior citizens and as supervisor of a drop in center for people suffering from homelessness and addiction. Outside of his experience in the social service sector, Eric has spent much of his life doing physical labor, restoring back-country trails, managing the wood lot and labor team at Holden Village, and leading the harvest crew at Sandhill Family
Eric strives to create meaningful and empowering work and educational opportunities at the Learning Farm, and believes in the power of food to create community. He expanded the Montessori School of Lake Forest’s adolescent farm program, shaped the Prairie Farm Corps from its inception, and collaborated with local churches to create the Community Gleaning Project. Eric also speaks Spanish.
B.E.S.T. is a coalition that networks and collaborates to positively impact the Round Lake Area residents. This is a membership organization and guests are welcome to attend and experience a B.E.S.T. meeting. Visit www.rlabest.org for more information.