November 28, 2013
Special thanks to Amanda E. Gross for the poster design! Be sure to check her design website!
AUA Movie & Mingle Night
Wednesday, December 4
7:00-10:30PM (Movie starts at 8PM)
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
(800 S. Halsted, Residents’ Dining Hall)
$7 admission (must be 21 or over)
Free Admission for AUA members who have donated $30 or more in the last year!
A special screening of acclaimed documentary Bitter Seeds
Good times and networking with Chicago’s urban agriculture community
All proceeds will benefit AUA.
November 16, 2013
AUA enthusiastically welcomes two dedicated urban agriculture and local food system advocates to our Steering Committee: Elvia Ochoa-Rodriguez and Robert Nevel. Excited to take our advocacy, outreach, networking and resource development work to the next level in 2014 with them!
Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa
Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and administrator, active for over twenty years. Steeped in community based practices, Elvia has helped foster the creative community in Chicago by collaborating with groups as diverse as Polvo Alternative (founding member), VillArte, AREA, SouthWest Youth Collaborative, and currently serves on the Board at ElevArte Community Studio.
Elvia recently joined Openlands as its Neighborhood Programs Director. She previously worked with CLOCC – the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children – as Community Programs Coordinator for the SouthWest Chicago region with a focus on connecting the growing Latino population with Healthy and Active Lifestyle opportunities. Prior to that, she served as Director of Community Programs for Pros Arts Studio where she was responsible to for all aspects of their neighborhood based programs. In recognition of her work, Elvia was part of the first cadre of LISC – NCP Community Heroes in 2006.
She completed a B.A. in Fine Art from Trinity Christian College (1992) and earned an M.A in Inter Disciplinary Arts at Columbia College (2005).
Robert Nevel is an architect and urban farmer. A member of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation since 2007, Robert was from 2009 – 2013 chair of KAMII’s Social Justice Committee and since June 2013 president of the congregation.
In 2009 Robert founded the award winning, nationally recognized KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program. The program is focused on transforming unproductive urban lawns into food producing micro-farms, growing and donating fresh produce, teaching urban agriculture and sustainability skills and advocating for healthy, local food systems and responsible energy, land and water use.
August 15, 2013
We’re excited to announce that Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks
are generously sponsoring our ROOFTOP MOVIE & MINGLE NIGHT
! They are also providing some fresh, regional organic fruit for the event, including some last-of-the-season sweet bing cherries from Michigan! Thanks, Irv & Shelly!
The fruit will round out a delicious offering of eats and drinks, including mini Clif Bars (thanks, Clif Bar & Co!), local craft beers, and savory treats straight from the garden and kitchen of 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant and 2013 “Greenest Caterer in America” Big Delciious Planet. Check these guys out; they even offer Farm-to-Table Dinners in their organic garden!