The next Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., March 11, at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. Please join us for a potluck dinner (please bring your own utensils) and networking at 5:30 p.m., followed by a panel presentation at 6 p.m.

We will be welcoming Karen Lehman, Executive Director of Fresh Taste Initiative, to speak on “Fresh Taste and Urban Agriculture”. Following her presentation, Harry Rhodes, Executive Director, Growing Home, Martha Boyd, Program Director, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and Tim Wilson, Farm Manager, City Farm, will discuss a variety of topics, including the creation of an urban agriculture district, land acquisition for urban agriculture, and financial issues related to urban agriculture.

AUA will be taking comments on the subject of a permanent steering committee for the organization. The committee will be charged with responding to ongoing urban agriculture issues in Chicago and proposing future actions to ensure the growth and success of the urban agriculture movement.

About AUA: AUA is a network of organizations and individuals working to promote urban agriculture in Chicago.

About Fresh Taste Initiative: The Fresh Taste Initiative was formed to advance the growth of diverse local agriculture and healthy eating in Chicago and across Illinois. Initiative partners, including a number of Illinois foundations and the City of Chicago, are committed to changing the manner in which food is produced, distributed, and consumed in Illinois. Funded by the partners and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, Initiative will provide leadership that brings together stakeholders across all sectors of the state’s food system for conversations and action that will lead to this change.


Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: March 11, 2009

Place: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
A potluck dinner and meeting of Advocates for Urban Agriculture. A variety of urban agriculture issues will be discussed. All are welcome to attend.