Ever wonder if urban farming could ever really become commercially viable here in Chicago? Come to AUA’s End-of-Fall Gathering to learn about new efforts to make it a reality! We’ll have a panel with folks from Windy City Harvest’s incubator farming program, the city’s Farmers for Chicago program, and more — including a potluck dinner!


Advocates for Urban Agriculture
Incubating Farmers in Chicago

Wednesday, December 18
Arturo Velasquez Institute
2800 S. Western
Room 2201

Important note: The south entrance parking lot will be open at 31st St. (just off of Western Ave). The north parking lot is CLOSED. There is parking for bikes in the south lot and the Western Ave bus stops at 28th St.

Rafael Arredondo, WCH VRIC Farm Coordinator, and Ben Jaffe, WCH Instructor, will be available in room 1102 to provide tours of the Windy City Harvest greenhouse, aquaponic system, hoophouse and production space throughout the evening.


Connect with and learn from urban agriculture practitioners and supporters from across Chicagoland!

6PM: POTLUCK, Mix & Mingle
Please bring a tasty (and labeled!) dish to share, along with your own plate/bowl/cutlery.

6:50PM: Community Slideshow  CANCELED

7PM: Panel discussion: Incubating Farmers in Chicago
Learn about exciting efforts across the city and state to provide new farmers with the training, land and resources they need to start a viable urban agriculture business!  Featuring panelists from the City of Chicago’s Farmers for Chicago program, Windy City Harvest’s farmer training and incubator program, and more!

8PM: Breakout discussion sessions

8:30PM: Mix & mingle