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You’re invited! Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for the 3rd annual Grown in Chicago: Summer Soirée & Showcase! This homegrown gala celebrating sustainable agriculture features a hyper-local urban farm-to-table dinner with produce from the fields of 18 urban farms right here in Chicago, including: Gardeneers, The Urban Canopy, Cedillo’s Fresh Produce, Chicago Patchwork Farms, McDowell Farm School, Windy City Harvest, The Cooperation Operation, OTIS Fresh Farm, South Side Occupational Academy, KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Program, Chicago FarmWorks, Planted Chicago, Growing Home, GlennArt Farm, Global Garden Refugee Training Farm, City Farm, A Just Harvest, and Big Delicious Planet!

In addition to enjoying their rich harvest for dinner, you’ll get to connect with the inspiring growers themselves at the evening’s farmers market-style showcase. Learn more about their work and potential ways to collaborate! There will also be opportunities for entrepreneurs to network with urban agriculture funders, including Sustainable Local Food Investment Group (SLoFIG), Accion Chicago, The Hatchery, The Good Food Accelerator, and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Learn about opportunities and emerging possibilities to take your urban farm or garden to another level!

Early-bird tickets are now on sale here through July 31st, and at $60 for this homegrown dinner + open bar (or $50 for dinner only), this is the most affordable farm-to-table dinner in Chicago, and a great way to support the urban agriculture movement!

The open bar will feature the locally produced craft work of KOVAL Distillery, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Revolution Brewing, and Dark Matter Coffee. Returning by popular demand to set the ambience is Chicago’s own bluegrass band Cicada Summer, and this unique evening will be held at the urban farm of the 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant & Caterer, Big Delicious Planet, 412 North Wolcott Ave, on Thursday, August 10th, 6pm-9pm.

All funds raised will support AUA’s ongoing advocacy, outreach, and educational efforts. With a network of over 2,000 individuals and organizations, AUA is Chicago’s urban agriculture hub. AUA envisions a flourishing food system that promotes urban agriculture in the Chicago area as an integral part of community economic development, food security, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life for the region, and in which practitioners, organizations, and residents can reap the benefits.

Celebrate and support a flourishing local food system here in Chicago! Don’t miss the best local food deal of the summer – get your early-bird tickets here before July 31st! Spread the word and see you there!

AUA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of this evening from the Walter S. Mander Foundation, Fresh Taste, KOVAL Distillery, Revolution Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Garfield Park Conservatory, The Organic Gardener, Endless Greens, and Organic Valley

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