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April 25, 2017

AUA Photo & Blog Contest – Submit and Win!


Hey Chicagoland gardeners!

Spring is all around us and AUA wants to see and hear about it! Submit your favorite urban agriculture photos for our photo contest – the winner receives a beautiful, handmade gardening-themed notebook! Simply send your photos to, and we’ll post them (with your photo credits) on our Instagram page – the photo with the most ‘likes’ wins! Anything related to urban gardening or urban agriculture is welcome.

Or maybe you’re a writer? Submit a blog post to on an urban agriculture-related topic, and the winning submission also receives one of these beautiful notebooks! Topics could include tips for urban growing, reports on current research, relevant policy issues in Chicago or anything urban agriculture related! (See more ideas and blog guidelines here).

We look forward to seeing your pictures, reading your thoughts, and awarding these two beautiful gardening notebooks! Submission deadline is Friday, May 12th, and voting concludes Friday, May 19th. Start sending them in now, and ‘like’ early and often!

April 14, 2017

This Earth Day, Support AUA with a Drink at HopCat!

HopCat Earth Day 4.22.17

Enjoy a drink and directly support AUA’s work this Earth Day, Saturday, April 22! All day long, HopCat (2577 N. Clark St.) will be supporting AUA by donating $1 of each pint sold from selected breweries!

Whatever your plans for Earth Day may be, this one’s easy – come by to raise a toast and support urban agriculture in the process! Or what better way to wind down after a great day of volunteering (check Friends of the Parks for a park near you!), than a drink of two that supports environmentally conscious local food systems?

Additionally, AUA’s Outreach Coordinator, Nick Lucas, will be on hand in the early afternoon to promote AUA’s work, bring awareness to the public of the great things happening in our community, and ways to get involved. Come by and say hi!

Many thanks to HopCat Chicago and the following breweries, each of whom will be donating $1 of each pint to AUA: Oskar Blues Brewery, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Boulevard Brewing Company & Saugatuck Brewing Company! See you there!

March 24, 2017

Join a Chicago Contingent for Local Food Lobby Day, April 6th in Springfield!

Local Food Lobby Day

Want to improve statewide policy that affects urban agriculture in Chicago? Passionate about making a difference on several local food issues that directly impact you and urban farmers?

Join us! AUA is getting together a strong Chicago contingent to carpool and caravan to Springfield for Local Food Lobby Day! On April 6th, our partners Illinois Stewardship Alliance will lead local food advocates, farmers, and citizens for a lobby training followed by actual legislative lobbying at the Capitol Complex!

Stand up for several bills that could become law with our support!

  • HB 3063 would allow for an expansion of homemade foods that could be sold under the cottage food bill and streamline Farmers Markets food sanitation rules, which currently vary widely from county to county.
  • HB2466/SB1662 would decriminalize off-farm site raw milk sales, helping family dairy farms stay in business.
  • The Healthy Local Foods Incentives (budget appropriation) would provides matching dollars for SNAP clients to purchase additional fruit & vegetables at farmers markets.
  • Read the full details on these bills and our full slate of legislative priorities here!

Make your voice heard! Contact to join us! Don’t miss this fun chance to make a difference improving local food economies. The adage is true – think global, act local!

January 27, 2017

Request for Proposals! AUA is Organizing Micro-Workshops at Good Food Festival 2017 – Application Deadline: 2/20/17


Advocates for Urban Agriculture is delighted to invite you to be a part of the 2017 Good Food Festival & Conference!

The Good Food Commons was created to encourage Festival-goers to cultivate their curiosity by attending multiple informal 20 minute micro-workshops throughout the day. The workshops are organized thematically by Resource Centers, each focusing on important topics within the Good Food movement such as growing and preserving food, raising animals, learning culinary skills, and building and strengthening the Good Food movement in our communities. Click here for further details and to submit your proposal. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 20, 2017.

Event Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Event Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Event Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
Workshops Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Length of Workshops: 20 minutes

Thematic Resource Centers:

COMPOST IT: includes soil topics, vermiculture, compost teas, troubleshooting, best practices, or anything else related to composting practices.

GROW YOUR OWN: includes urban growing, container gardening, season extension, harvesting & handling, and other DIY gardening skills.

MAKE YOUR OWN: includes kitchen skills, keeping cultures (kombucha and sourdough), culinary curiosities, special diets, preserving, fermenting and other creative cooking topics.

RAISE YOUR OWN: includes livestock, raising urban animals, bees, chickens, goats, or anything else of interest to backyard livestock enthusiasts.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: includes organizations that build community and food literacy through growing, cooking, selling, eating and educating people about food.

In addition to the great exposure of presenting, if your proposal is selected you will be provided the following:

– An opportunity to host one complimentary exhibit table in Good Food Concourse on Friday, March 17, 2017. Your company will be listed in the Show Directory as a Friday exhibitor (please note: festival management requires a certificate of insurance from any presenter exhibiting at a table on Friday);

– A listing in the Show Directory as a Good Food Commons presenter (name, affiliation and workshop title);

– An opportunity to sell your own book onsite. As a reminder, the Good Food Festival & Conference is an educational forum, not a forum for sales; your presentation should not be an infomercial. If you sell your books, you are solely responsible for the sales and you must be in compliance with Illinois and Chicago Sales Tax requirements.

The following is the 2017 Organic Valley Good Food Commons Submissions timeline:
– The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 20, 2017.
– If accepted to participate, you will be notified no later than Friday, February 24, 2017. Please note that if your proposal is accepted, you may be asked to work collaboratively with other groups or individuals who submitted similar proposals. We appreciate your willingness to work cooperatively!

Click here for further details and to submit your proposal. Questions? Contact or Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing the creative ideas our great Good Food community comes up with!