AUA will be hosting its next Quarterly Gathering at theÂ Arturo Velasquez InstituteÂ from 6 to 9PM on Wednesday, May 14, and it promises to be a good one.
In addition to our regularÂ PotluckÂ andÂ Community SlideshowÂ (more details below), the Spring Gathering will explore the big question of how to grow viable urban farming businesses withÂ aÂ panel and discussion about incubator farm projectsÂ across the city.
We’re excited to announce that the panel will be moderated by Mike Nowak ofÂ Chicago Progressive Talk Radio’s The Mike Nowak Show, and it will include representatives from theÂ Chicago Botanic Gardenâ€™sÂ Urban Farmer Incubator ProgramÂ (which is part ofÂ Windy City Harvest, whose growing facilities and farmer training courses are based at the Arturo Velasquez Institute),Â Growing Powerâ€™sÂ Farmers for Chicago New Farmer Incubation Program, The Pie Patch, andÂ Liberty Prairie Foundationâ€˜sÂ Farm Business Development Center.
The evening will also include at least oneÂ Farm TourÂ ofÂ Windy City Harvestâ€˜s inspiring onsite farm and indoor aquaponic facility!
Big thanksÂ to Jen Kehrer andÂ Village Homesteading MundeleinÂ for yet another lovelyÂ poster design!
AUA Spring Gathering:
Incubating Farmers in Chicago
Wednesday, May 14
Arturo Velasquez Institute
2800 S Western Ave
FREE and Open to All!
6-7pm: Potluck and Tour of Windy City Harvestâ€™s onsite farm and aquaponic facility
7-7:15pm: Community Slideshow Â
Show off your pride and joy by sending 1-4 photos of your garden, farm or other urban ag project to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on May 13! Youâ€™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
Moderated by Mike Nowak ofÂ WCPTâ€™s The Mike Nowak Show, and featuring representatives fromÂ Windy City Harvest/Chicago Botanic Garden,Â Growing Power/Farmers for Chicago, The Pie Patch, andÂ Liberty Prairie Foundation!