Advocates for Urban Agriculture is delighted to invite you to be a part of the 2017 Good Food Festival & Conference!

The Good Food Commons was created to encourage Festival-goers to cultivate their curiosity by attending multiple informal 20 minute micro-workshops throughout the day. The workshops are organized thematically by Resource Centers, each focusing on important topics within the Good Food movement such as growing and preserving food, raising animals, learning culinary skills, and building and strengthening the Good Food movement in our communities. Click here for further details and to submit your proposal. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 20, 2017.

Event Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Event Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Event Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
Workshops Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Length of Workshops: 20 minutes

Thematic Resource Centers:

COMPOST IT: includes soil topics, vermiculture, compost teas, troubleshooting, best practices, or anything else related to composting practices.

GROW YOUR OWN: includes urban growing, container gardening, season extension, harvesting & handling, and other DIY gardening skills.

MAKE YOUR OWN: includes kitchen skills, keeping cultures (kombucha and sourdough), culinary curiosities, special diets, preserving, fermenting and other creative cooking topics.

RAISE YOUR OWN: includes livestock, raising urban animals, bees, chickens, goats, or anything else of interest to backyard livestock enthusiasts.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: includes organizations that build community and food literacy through growing, cooking, selling, eating and educating people about food.

In addition to the great exposure of presenting, if your proposal is selected you will be provided the following:

– An opportunity to host one complimentary exhibit table in Good Food Concourse on Friday, March 17, 2017. Your company will be listed in the Show Directory as a Friday exhibitor (please note: festival management requires a certificate of insurance from any presenter exhibiting at a table on Friday);

– A listing in the Show Directory as a Good Food Commons presenter (name, affiliation and workshop title);

– An opportunity to sell your own book onsite. As a reminder, the Good Food Festival & Conference is an educational forum, not a forum for sales; your presentation should not be an infomercial. If you sell your books, you are solely responsible for the sales and you must be in compliance with Illinois and Chicago Sales Tax requirements.

The following is the 2017 Organic Valley Good Food Commons Submissions timeline:
– The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 20, 2017.
– If accepted to participate, you will be notified no later than Friday, February 24, 2017. Please note that if your proposal is accepted, you may be asked to work collaboratively with other groups or individuals who submitted similar proposals. We appreciate your willingness to work cooperatively!

Click here for further details and to submit your proposal. Questions? Contact in**@au********.org or co*****@fa**********.org. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing the creative ideas our great Good Food community comes up with!