May 10, 2016

Harnessing the Energy of Spring – AUA’s Spring Newsletter is here!

This edition of AUA’s quarterly newsletter is packed as ever! Content includes news about upcoming events (the Spring Gathering is this weekend already!), a profile of one exciting new urban agriculture project in Chicago, an article about nitrogen fixation and pulses, information and a call to action for IL legislation support, the launch of our donation drive, and even more great stuff! Spring Newsletter Cover

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May 3, 2016

AUA Spring Gathering: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Join us for an afternoon outside to exchange food and recipes, photos, stories, and seeds!


Building on the success of last year’s spring cross-cultural exchange, this year’s Spring Gathering reflects the same theme, this time held at the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in the Albany Park neighborhood (located at Lawrence Ave & Sacramento Ave).

The event will include:

  • Potluck & Seed Swap (please bring a dish and/or seeds to share if you are able!)
  • Tours & Presentation from spotlight project and hosts, Global Garden (farm manager Linda Seyler will share history of the farm itself, and we’ll also hear from trainees whose transition to life in Chicago has been aided by their role in urban agriculture)
  • Community Photo Share (please send your photos to!) — everyone who submits a photo will be able to share a few words about what or where theyre growing! Plus, additional garden groups and projects who have a focus on cultural and heritage connections will be highlighted.

Go to the Facebook Event Page to RSVP and invite your friends! The more the merrier.

If you have any questions, please reach out to!

March 10, 2016

AUA at the Good Food Festival & Conference

March 24-26, 2016

Volunteer and get in for free on Friday and/or Saturday!

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!

March 7, 2016

AUA’s Winter Newsletter is Here!


Our Winter E-Newsletter is packed with all the latest from AUA and Chicago’s urban agriculture community, including a brand new project profile, info about AUA’s offerings at this year’s Good Food Festival (which is just around the corner!), and updates on AUA’s educational and policy initiatives.