Upcoming Events

Below you will find upcoming AUA-sponsored events.  Be sure to also check out our Calendar for upcoming AUA Steering Committee and Working Group meetings and other urban agriculture-related events in the Chicago area!

AUA is reaching out to communities all across Chicago this year; keep an eye out for AUA volunteers at festivals and other events around town; it will all be listed in our Calendar!

Good Food Festival – March 19-21

AUA has been hard at work to ensure a strong urban ag presence at next week’s Good Food Festival & Conference panels and presentations! We are hoping to have just as strong of a turnout among the urban ag community.


We are happy to be partnering with Family Farmed to offer a 30% discount on tickets, which you can purchase here.

Be sure to check out the following urban ag related activities which we have helped organize:

-Farm Hack-Join farmers from around the regional foodshed in an open session to share your best farm hacks: innovative techniques and tools that you’ve developed or discovered to save time, energy and, of course, money.  From root washers to chicken feeders, discuss your best ideas and systems, and present your prickly problems to other farmers.  Urban and rural farmers are both welcome to attend and invited to bring prototypes or photos to share on the main stage screen (please bring images on a pen drive). This session will take place Friday at noon.

-Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project Launch-Find out about this useful tool during the closing of the Farm Hack Session on Friday and in the Good Food Commons at 3pm Saturday.

-Good Food Commons-Cultivate your curiosity with more than 50 mini-workshops on cooking, preserving, gardening, and community building in the Good Food Commons on Saturday from 10am-2:50pm.

-Policy and Producer Tracks-The Good Food Policy Conference brings together public and private stakeholders to discuss food policy issues affecting the production, distribution, and access to local food, while the Production track will help producers scale up, grow sustainably, and sell more of their food!

Volunteers are needed on Saturday. Contact us at program@auachicago.org if you are interested in helping and receiving free admission!

Local Food Lobby Day – March 25

AUA is teaming up with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) for this year’s Local Food Lobby Day in Springfield on March 25, and we hope that you’ll join us to make sure that state legislators from Chicago hear us loud and clear!

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the strength and vitality of Chicago’s urban agriculture community, so we hope that you’ll come! 

The day will start with a legislation overview, training, orientation, and lunch, so fret not if you’ve never participated in something like this before! For more information about the Local Food Lobby Day and to register, see here.

Let us know if you’re planning on coming by emailing info@auachicago.org. We’ll be coordinating rides, so please indicate if you’ll be driving and whether you’ll have room for other passengers from Chicago, or if you’re looking for a ride.
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AUA Working Group Meetings

Interested in getting more involved with the urban agriculture community in Chicago? Attend one of our working group meetings. More info on what each of the working groups does here.

Advocacy Working Group
Topic: Pesticides, pollinators, and biodiversity
Tuesday, April 7
Openlands conference room, 25 East Washington, 16F

Connections Working Group
Join us to discuss how we can strengthen our network
Wednesday, April 15
Openlands conference room, 25 East Washington, Floor 16

Steering Committee Meeting
The monthly meeting of AUA’s governing body
Monday, April 20
Delta Institute, 35 E Wacker Drive