April 15, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: AUA Spring Gathering Wednesday, May 14!

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Mark Wednesday, May 14 in your calendars, everybody!  AUA will be hosting its next Quarterly Gathering at the Arturo Velasquez Institute from 6 to 9PM, and it is shaping up to be a good one.

In addition to our regular Potluck and Community Slideshow (more details below), the Spring Gathering will explore the big question of how to grow viable urban farming businesses with a panel and discussion about incubator farm projects across the city.

The panel will include representatives from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Urban Farmer Incubator Program (which is an extension of Windy City Harvest, whose growing facilities and farmer training courses are based at the Arturo Velasquez Institute), Growing Power’s Farmers for Chicago program, and others.

Keep an eye out for more details as the Gathering approaches!

AUA Spring Gathering:
Incubating Farmers in Chicago
Wednesday, May 14
6-9pm
Arturo Velasquez Institute
2800 S Western Ave

FREE!

6-7pm: Potluck
7-7:15pm: Community Slideshow  Show off your pride and joy by sending 1-4 photos of your garden, farm or other urban ag project to info@auachicago.org by noon on May 13! You’ll have 30-60 seconds to talk about your project during the slideshow.
7:15-8:30pm: Panel & Discussion on Farm Incubator programs across Chicago
8:30-9pm: Networking

 

 

April 4, 2014

New addition to tonight’s offerings!

If you weren’t already planning on coming to tonight’s Movie & Mingle, well now you simply must!  We’re excited to announce that we’ll be serving tasty vegan bites from The Chicago Diner in addition to craft beer from Lagunitas (and a handful of Upton’s Naturals vegan tamales)!  This on top of Backyard Botany tours, a rare Chicago screening of A Community of Gardeners, and great opportunities to connect with Chicago’s urban agriculture community — it’s something that you don’t want to miss.

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Huge thanks to Jen Kehrer and Village Homesteading Mundelein for the lovely poster design!  Check out VHM’s latest newsletter here!

 

Advocates for Urban Agriculture presents:

A Springtime Movie & Mingle Night
Friday, April 4
7-10:30PM
Benton House Auditorium
3034 S. Gratten Ave

Come and find opportunities to get involved with Chicago’s growing urban agriculture movement, make new connections with great people and projects, check out the Benton House’s “Backyard Botany” Community Garden, and enjoy local eats, drinks, and entertainment.  What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring on a Friday night?

Featuring:

$7 suggested donation
ALL AGES WELCOME (ID required for service of beer)
All proceeds go towards supporting the work of AUA and Backyard Botany

March 21, 2014

Celebrate Spring’s Arrival at AUA’s Next Movie & Mingle Night!

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Huge thanks to Jen Kehrer and Village Homesteading Mundelein for the lovely poster design!  Check out VHM’s latest newsletter here!

Advocates for Urban Agriculture presents:

A Springtime Movie & Mingle Night
Friday, April 4
7-10:30PM
Benton House Auditorium
3034 S. Gratten Ave

Come and find opportunities to get involved with Chicago’s growing urban agriculture movement, make new connections with great people and projects, check out the Benton House’s “Backyard Botany” Community Garden, and enjoy local eats, drinks, and entertainment.  What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring on a Friday night?

Featuring:

$7 suggested donation
ALL AGES WELCOME (ID required for service of beer)
All proceeds go towards supporting the work of AUA and Backyard Botany

 

 

March 6, 2014

AUA at the Good Food Festival (March 13-15)!

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AUA presents

Good Food Commons Micro Workshops

and 

Moving Beyond the Fork: Effectively Engaging Policy Change (Panel)  

Saturday, March 15

 

AUA is partnering with the Good Food Festival to present a series of 20-minute micro workshops in composting, growing and preserving, led by experts from Chicago Botanic GardenGarfield Park Conservatory AllianceLake Street Landscape SupplyEdible Alchemy and more! Click here for more info about the Commons (which will also feature livestock, culinary and community-building learning tracks) and the workshop schedule!

We will also be presenting a “civic engagement 101″ panel entitled “Moving Beyond the Fork: Effectively Engaging Policy Change,” which will feature elected officials and advocates from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Angelic Organics Learning Center.  Click here for more info!

The Commons micro workshops and civic engagement panel will all take place on Saturday, March 15.  Be sure to stop by our info table that day as well!

AUA will also be represented at the Festival on Friday, March 14 during its Food Policy Summit, where Steering Committee Co-Chair Harry Rhodes will moderate a panel entitled Urban Agricuture and Local Food Enterprises as Vehicles for Community and Economic Development.

And don’t forget to check out all of the other awesomeness happening at the 3-day Good Food Festival (March 13-15), which is celebrating 10 years of promoting sustainable, local food!  There will be a Financing & Innovation Conference on Thursday, a School Food Summit and “Meet the Buyers” reception on Friday, more than 150 farms, local food artisans, restaurants, and non-profits, not to mention an urban farm tour, on Saturday, and so much more!