July 29, 2014

Make food carts & bikes legal in Chicago!

Make food carts & bikes legal in Chicago!

A few months ago, AUA members ratified a statement of support for the Street Vendors Justice Coalition‘s proposed changes to the City’s current Mobile Food Vendor ordinance. The changes, which would allow prepared foods other than ice cream to be sold by street vendors from carts and bicycles, have recently been introduced to the City Council by Alderman Maldonado, and your support is needed to make sure they become law. Please click here to read more about the ordinance and sign the petition!

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July 24, 2014

Thursday’s Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night MOVED 2 Blocks!

A last-minute change by Weiss Memorial Hospital has necessitated a slight modification to our plans for Thursday’s Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night.  Don’t worry, there will still be tours of the hospital’s spectacular rooftop farm, and we’ll still be treated to the documentary Tierralismo, a talk with Growing Home Executive Director (and AUA Steering Committee Co-Chair) Harry Rhodes about his visit to Cuba’s urban agriculture projects, and delicious snacks, beverages and craft beer from a host of local businesses (see below for more details)!

What’s changed is the venue for the film screening, talk and service of beer: We’ll now be starting and ending the evening at the extra-awesome Institute of Cultural Affairs (4750 N. Sheridan), which has its own exciting urban ag and sustainability projects that we’ll also have the opportunity to check out and learn about!  So, if anything, the event has even more to offer than before!

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Thursday, July 24

7:00-11:30PM (EARLIER START TIME!)

Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan

All ages, 21+ with ID for alcohol

$7 admission with all proceeds benefiting Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA

Join us for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba. The night will also feature:

Volunteers needed! Please contact Jessica at program@auachicago.org if you are available.

July 23, 2014

ACGA Conference Just Around the Corner!

Volunteer Opportunities (w/ Free Admission) Available!

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As you probably know by now, Chicago is hosting the 35th Anniversary AMERICAN COMMUNITY GARDENING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE August 7-10, 2014 at the Field Museum. With over 40 workshops, round tables and tours highlighting best practices and innovative strategies from presenters from all over the world (click here to view the conference program and detailed schedule), this conference is essential for those interested in starting, maintaining or growing a successful community garden or community garden program.

And now you can get into the conference for free each day that you lend a hand!

SIGN UP TODAY FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT BY FILLING OUT THE FORM BELOW!  (Deadline is Friday, August 1)

Want to make sure you don’t sign up for a volunteer shift doesn’t conflict with a workshop you simply can’t miss?  Review the detailed conference schedule here!

Can’t volunteer but would still like to attend?  No problem!  Register here!

More conference details HERE

July 11, 2014

Save the Date! Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night July 24

Poster 7.24 ICA

July 24, Rain date July 31
7:00-11:30PM (EARLIER START TIME!)
Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan
All ages, 21+ with ID for alcohol
$7 admission with all proceeds benefiting Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA

Join us for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

The night will also feature:

Volunteers needed! Please contact Jessica at program@auachicago.org if you are available.