Floor Shot OnlyThe Good Food EXPO is here! AUA is delighted to be a part of the largest gathering in the Midwest focused on locally and sustainably produced food, March 23-24th.

Be sure not to miss Saturday’s Organic Valley Good Food Commons – a day of FREE soil testing and FREE urban agriculture workshops!

That’s right, the scientists of University of Illinois-Extension will be on hand to analyze your soil on-site and in the moment. Take a look at the soil sampling instructions here, and share the word widely on this much needed resource for urban growers. Multiple samples welcome from your garden, urban farm, yard, or park!

Meanwhile on Saturday, from 10:30am-4pm, enjoy free workshops on growing food in urban settings, raising urban livestock, composting practices, and culinary skills! Topics range from raising yeast to raising llamas, and the day’s star-studded line up of presenters include local leaders from none other than:

Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden, Peterson Garden Project, Big Green, Nisse Farm, Loveren Collections, Bike a Bee, GlennArt Farm, Fresh Curds, Big Rock Organics at Lamb of God Farm, Wakeup to Wellness, Windy City Harvest, GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting, Urban Growers Collective, Green Generations, Inc., Garfield Park Conservatory, In the Gardens, Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, The Deep Roots Project, Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Westside Bee Boyz, LLC, Edible Alchemy Foods, Growing Home Inc, The Organic Gardener, Ltd., Dirt Doll, Home to Roost, The Contented Squirrel Trading Company, Pyrite Sun, Sobrevillas Urban Farm, Academy for Global Citizenship, and Cultured Love!

Get the full workshop schedule and more here!

In addition to all that, the majority of Chicago’s Good Food economy will be hosting resource tables and leading dynamic panels on every topic under the sun. Don’t miss AUA’s very own Executive Director Laura Calvert moderating the panel “Local Food is Good Policy: 2018 City & State Legislative Initiatives,” and Programs Manager Nick Lucas moderating “Innovative Tools in Chicago’s Fields: Initiatives & Technology Advancing Local Food, Soil Health and Compost.”

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All this and so much more – we hope to see you there!

Good Food Expo Event Details:
March 23 & 24
University of Illinois-Chicago
725 W. Roosevelt Road

What a packed program – don’t miss this dynamic, two day Good Food event!