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!

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You’re invited! Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for the 3rd annual Grown in Chicago: Summer Soirée & Showcase! This homegrown gala celebrating sustainable agriculture features a hyper-local urban farm-to-table dinner with produce from the fields of 16 urban farms right here in Chicago, including: Gardeneers, The Urban Canopy, Cedillo’s Fresh Produce, Chicago Patchwork Farms, McDowell Farm School, Windy City Harvest, The Cooperation Operation, OTIS Fresh Farm, South Side Occupational Academy, KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Program, Chicago FarmWorks, Planted Chicago, Growing Home, GlennArt Farm, Global Garden Refugee Training Farm, and Big Delicious Planet!

Soiree photoIn addition to enjoying their rich harvest for dinner, you’ll get to connect with the inspiring growers themselves at the evening’s farmers market-style showcase. Learn more about their work and potential ways to collaborate! There will also be opportunities for entrepreneurs to network with urban agriculture funders, including Sustainable Local Food Investment Group (SLoFIG), Accion Chicago, The Hatchery, and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Learn about opportunities and emerging possibilities to take your urban farm or garden to another level!

Early-bird tickets are now on sale through July 31st, and at $60 for this homegrown dinner + open bar (or $50 for dinner only), this is the most affordable farm-to-table dinner in Chicago, and a great way to support the urban agriculture movement!

The open bar will feature the locally produced craft work of KOVAL DistilleryLagunitas Brewing Co, Revolution Brewing, and Dark Matter Coffee. Returning by popular demand to set the ambience is Chicago’s own bluegrass band Cicada Summer, and this unique evening will be held at the urban farm of the 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant & Caterer, Big Delicious Planet, 412 North Wolcott Ave, on Thursday, August 10th, 6pm-9pm.

All funds raised will support AUA’s ongoing advocacy, outreach, and educational efforts. With a network of over 2,000 individuals and organizations, AUA is Chicago’s urban agriculture hub. AUA envisions a flourishing food system that promotes urban agriculture in the Chicago area as an integral part of community economic development, food security, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life for the region, and in which practitioners, organizations, and residents can reap the benefits.

Celebrate and support a flourishing local food system here in Chicago! Don’t miss the best local food deal of the summer – get your early-bird tickets before July 31st! Spread the word and see you there!

AUA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of this evening from the Walter S. Mander Foundation, Fresh Taste, KOVAL Distillery, Revolution Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Garfield Park Conservatory, The Organic Gardener, Endless Greens, and Organic Valley

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AUA Board & Working Group Meetings

Interested in getting more involved with the urban agriculture community in Chicago? Attend one of our working group meetings. Click here for detailed descriptions of each Working Group. Board meetings are also open to the public, but often have a packed agenda. If you would like to request that a discussion item be added to a Board meeting agenda, please contact us at info@auachicago.org.

Advocacy Working Group
Attend our Advocacy Working Group meetings to get involved with our work on civic engagement, policy initiatives, and sharing best practices.

Next meeting: TBD

Connections Working Group
Join us to discuss how we can strengthen our network and plan great events and gatherings for urban agriculture enthusiasts all over Chicago.

Next meeting: Tuesday, July 18th from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: FamilyFarmed
225 W. Hubbard St, #650

Resources Working Group
What resources does Chicago’s urban agriculture community need to thrive? Come to this meeting to help on new and existing projects.

Next meeting: TBD

Board of Directors Meeting
The monthly meeting of AUA’s governing body.

Next meeting: Wednesday, August 16th, from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: TBD