February 6, 2016

4th Annual Urban Livestock Expo Saturday, 2/27!

ULE 2016 Save the Date centered

AUA’s Winter Gathering this year is the 4th Annual Urban Livestock Expo. Come and learn the basics of raising bees, goats, chickens, and more at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (3857 W 111th St). We have a great lineup of presenters, and are working on securing some great local food and beverage vendors to make sure you’re warm and fed throughout the event (10AM-1PM). Oh, and admission is FREE – spread the word! (RSVP and invite friends via Facebook here)

January 20, 2016

AUA Movie & Mingle Night-February 2

AUA Movie & Mingle Night 2.2.16

Join AUA to watch a great new documentary, learn about a cool community garden project, meet interesting people, and have a fun night out at the Lagunitas TapRoom!

We will be screening “Can You Dig This” winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival. This film, from produce John Legend, “follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and ‘plant some shit.'”

We will also hear from El Paseo Community Garden, who is committed to harnessing the skills and talents of neighborhood residents to strengthen environmental stewardship and civic engagement in Pilsen.

$7 suggested donation at the door. All admission and bar sales will be donated to AUA and El Paseo Garden.

Open to the public 21+. Please bring ID.

If you are on Facebook, join the event and invite your friends here.

Volunteers needed! If interested, please contact us at program@auachicago.org.

December 22, 2015

AUA is hiring! Seeking part-time Outreach Coordinator


Chicago’s Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) seeks a motivated part-time Outreach Coordinator to work with AUA’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, Working Groups, and members. The Outreach Coordinator focuses on event organizing, volunteer coordination, administrative duties, and other outreach/communications work while playing a supportive role in all aspects of AUA’s programs.

Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

To pursue this mission, AUA:

  1. Advocates for good urban ag policy
  2. Shares information, resources, and best practices
  3. Connects practitioners, consumers, and projects through a strong network

Supervision: The Outreach Coordinator reports to and is supervised by AUA’s Executive Director, and at times works directly with the AUA Board of Directors and Working Groups.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Organize, promote and coordinate AUA events (including quarterly Gatherings, annual Summer fundraiser, and occasional Movie & Mingle Nights), presentations and other outreach.
  2. Administer and improve AUA website, blog, social media, quarterly newsletter, and databases.
  3. Strategize and implement membership and donation drives.
  4. Develop and update AUA print & promotional materials.
  5. Represent AUA at events and presentations.
  6. Recruit and coordinate individual volunteers.
  7. Research funding and other resource support opportunities.
  8. Engage in research, outreach and administrative tasks for other AUA initiatives, including its urban agriculture mapping project and resource guide.
  9. Attend and manage logistics for Board and Working Group meetings and calls.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring:

  • Two years or more of work experience in related fields: urban agriculture and food systems; community, organizational, or small business development; or other relevant experience.
  • Robust background in event organizing and coordination.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. Knowledge and familiarity with proofreading, composing and editing communications.
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Ability to interact effectively with AUA’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, Working Groups, Members, and other community organizations and residents.
  • Computer skills including fluency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, related Google applications, and PhotoShop (or similar programs); familiarity with WordPress.com and website editing; and experience maintaining an engaging social media presence (especially with Facebook and Twitter).
  • Familiarity with the Chicago area’s diverse communities and its urban agriculture/local food movement.
  • Scheduling flexibility — availability to work between 9am and 5pm at least 2 days Monday-Friday, along with evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Ability to sit, stand, and routinely lift up to 25 lbs (for transporting and setting up event materials).
  • High level of self motivation and dedication to AUA’s mission. Since AUA doesn’t have a permanent workspace, the Outreach Coordinator will be expected to primarily work independently (from home or other locations that are conducive to computer work, phone calls, Skype/Google Hangout sessions, etc.) when not attending work meetings, presentations, or events.
  • Use of computer, cell phone, vehicle (mileage is reimbursed for work travel), and a small amount of storage space for event supplies.

Position: Outreach Coordinator

Status: Average of 20-24 hours/week (annual total of 1,040-1,248 hrs), depending on availability and experience, starting as soon as possible. Commitment through 2017 strongly preferred.

Salary: $15.50-17.50 per hour, depending on experience.

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to director@auachicago.org no later than Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

October 16, 2015

AUA Fall Gathering: Cultivating Knowledge 11.10.15

Fall Gathering 11.10.15

AUA Fall Gathering 

Cultivating Knowledge
Sharing Current Urban Ag Research Relevant to Your Garden or Farm

Tuesday November 10
Loyola Chicago Institute for Environmental Sustainability
6349 Kenmore Ave., Seminar Room 123/124
Free to all!

The night will include:

  • Presentations on urban agriculture research being done in Chicago and how it applies to those growing food in the city, including:
    • Dr. Bala Chaudhary, Loyola University – “Cultivating soil biology – lessons from Native American agriculture”
    • Kellen Marshall, UIC – “City Air and Urban Agriculture: Working towards understanding food systems in Chicago”
    • Sarah Hernandez, UIC – “Diversity in Chicago community gardens: Research and practice”
    • Dr. Howard Rosing, DePaul University – “The Chicago Harvest Study: Documenting the city-wide yield, distribution and nutritional value of food from community gardens”
  • Community Slideshow-Show off your garden or farm! Send 1-3 photos and a brief description to info@auachicago.org by 11.9
  • Community Potluck-Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share
  • Tours of Loyola’s aquaponics lab
Volunteers needed! Contact us at program@auachicago.org.