This free, comprehensive workshop series is designed around AUA’s Good Practices for Growing in Chicago toolkit. The goal is to provide urban farm operations with the ability to access quality training and meet industry standards, ensuring they are financially and operationally ready to scale up and meet the growing demand for fresh, local food, reduce their risk as a business, and prepare for new funding opportunities.

Workshop topics reflect the toolkit’s focus areas, including food safety practices, insurance, marketing, licensing, and budgeting. See below for the workshop series overview, and click each link for additional details and to register. For questions or to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at!

2019 Workshop Series


• Wash Station Design for Produce Safety and Efficiency

w/ National Young Farmers Coalition & Windy City Harvest, August 24th

Looking to make your washing and packing spaces easier to use and clean? Join us to learn about wash/pack station design for produce safety and efficiency, and leave with your very own portable hand washing station!



• On-Farm Produce Safety Walkthrough

w/ National Young Farmers Coalition & Windy City Harvest, August 27th

This on-site walkthrough and discussion will be modeled after On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs), which are free educational assessments being offered by FDA and Extension to farms that must be in compliance with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.


• Zoning + Land Access in Chicago in October 2019, details coming soon! 

• Good Practices for Growing in Chicago overview in November 2019, details coming soon!