June 24, 2015

Early bird tickets available NOW for Grown in Chicago: Summer Soiree & Showcase!

Urban agriculture is thriving in Chicago, so let’s CELEBRATE! Join AUA for a very special summer night of local food & drinks, a one-of-a-kind urban agriculture showcase & market, live music, and new connections.

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The evening will feature:

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Indulge in a buffet dinner made from some of the freshest, tastiest ingredients in Chicago. Guaranteed Green restaurant Big Delicious Planet, listed by the Green Restaurant Association as the Greenest Caterer in America, will be whipping up something special with produce supplied by their own urban farm and the evening’s featured farms and gardens. It doesn’t getting any fresher than that! Come and experience what makes Big Delicious Planet one of only two 4-Star Certified Green Restaurants in Chicago!

Local Libations

It is summer in Chicago, so you will want to stop by the open bar to sample a variety of refreshing beverages from nearby breweries, wineries, and distilleries!

Urban Agriculture Showcase

Meet the farmers and gardeners who grew your dinner! This unique, “hyper local” farmers market will feature a diverse array of farms and gardens within the City limits. Bring your market bag to stock up on some produce and chat with people successfully pushing Chicago’s urban agriculture boundaries. Are you a farmer? Or do you dream of becoming a farmer? Organizations offering funding and other resources for urban ag projects in Chicago will also be at the market for you to connect with.

Live Music, Mixing & Mingling

As with all AUA events, this will be a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with others interested in urban agriculture. We will have live music to set the backdrop and a great outdoor space (including BDP’s farm!) to explore. You will also want to make sure to stop by the silent auction to bid on your choice of some spectacular good food products, experiences, and services!

We hope you can join us for the first-ever Grown in Chicago: Summer Soiree & Showcase!


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April 15, 2015

AUA Spring 2015 Newsletter

Spring is here, and we have a lot to tell you about! In addition to reporting on a super productive Winter and early Spring filled with events and projects, we’re also excited to share what’s in store for AUA’s most bountiful growing season yet.


In this edition of AUA’s E-Newsletter you’ll find:

  • Upcoming meetings and events, including this year’s Spring Gathering – “Promoting Cross-Cultural Pollination”
  • An introduction to our new Urban Agriculture Map & Directory
  • A close look at this issue’s featured urban agriculture project, the Academy for Global Citizenship
  • The 2nd installment of our series celebrating 2015, the International Year of Soils – “The Sweet Smell of Compost”
  • The Winner of our Winter Photo Contest!
  • A featured post from AUA’s blog about efforts to change Chicago’s “weed ordinance”
  • Reports from recent events like AUA’s Winter Gathering/Urban Livestock Expo and Local Food Lobby Day
  • The latest from our Working Groups
  • And more!

Huge thanks to all of the wonderful Connections Working Group members and other volunteers for contributing to this e-newsletter!
April 2, 2015

AUA Spring Gathering 2015: Promoting Cross-Cultural Pollination

Join us for our Spring Gathering on Saturday April 18!
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Free – All are welcome.

AUA is proud to host a showing of the documentary Tierralismo as part of the Good Earth Film Tour. Join us in welcoming award-winning filmmaker Alejandro Ramirez and Isis Salcines, cofounder of one of Cuba’s most successful organic farms, Organopónico Vivero Alamar. The film screening will be followed by a dynamic conversation between our Cuban guests and leaders of garden networks from across Chicago.

Screening of Tierralismo – View an award-winning documentary about Cuba’s thriving urban agriculture scene

Cross-Cultural Knowledge Share – Take part in a discussion about community-led agriculture with garden pioneers from Cuba and diverse parts of Chicago

Potluck – We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring an item to share.

Community Slideshow – Show off your garden or farm to Chicago! Send 1-3 photos to info@auachicago.org by April 16th and prepare a 1-2 sentence explanation to share with the audience.

Plus Tours of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse & Garden!

Advocates for Urban Agriculture Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 18

Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave

If you are on Facebook, be sure to RSVP here.

 Volunteers are also needed. Please contact program@auachicago.org if you are able to assist!

March 25, 2015

Help protect Illinois’ seed libraries by calling your State Representative today!


AUA is backing the Illinois Stewardship Alliance‘s campaign to pass HB 2487, which will protect community seed libraries from unnecessary regulation by exempting them from Illinois commercial seed laws. Over the last year, several departments of agriculture in other states started regulating and shutting down seed libraries under the auspices that they violated their state’s commercial seed laws.

Lets not let that happen here in Illinois!

Call Your Illinois State Representative now and ask them to co-sponsor House Bill 2487.

For everything you need to know about the legislation and contacting your State Representative in support of it (including how to find who your State Rep is), CLICK HERE.

We’ll be at ISA’s annual Local Food Lobby Day in Springfield tomorrow to build support for the passage of HB 2487 and other legislation that promotes sustainable local agriculture, so let’s make sure that this issue is fresh in legislators’ minds by calling them about it TODAY!