March 24-26, 2016
AUA is teaming up again with Family Farmed and lots of other great local organizations to offer a whole slew of urban agriculture programming at the Good Food Festival and Conference on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. The event takes place at UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd) and its three days are broken up into a Financing & Innovation Conference on Thursday, an Industry Conference on Friday (which includes a few AUA-organized policy panels – see more about these in our Winter Newsletter‘s Working Group updates and Seed Library Protection article), and the main family-friendly Festival on Saturday.
For Saturday’s “Good Food Commons” AUA is coordinating 30 “micro workshops” (40 if you count the 10 livestock workshops that AUA’s Martha Boyd is coordinating with Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts) in growing, composting, and preserving. Each 20-minute workshop has a different focus area and is presented by an expert or group of experts from one of Chicago’s thriving urban ag/local food projects.
Tickets are available now, and AUA is also offering several volunteer opportunities on Friday and Saturday that include free admission to the event on the day(s) that you volunteer. If you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!