Wednesday 5/15: Connect with Chicago’s growing urban agriculture movement, share some food, learn about garden and farm donation programs and other creative ways to ensure that the food we grow goes to good use, and show off your own garden or farm during the community slideshow at AUA’s Spring Gathering!
5-5:40PM: Sign-ins, mix & mingle, and POTLUCK
Please bring a tasty (and labeled!) dish to share, along with your own plate/bowl/cutlery.
5:40-5:45: Welcome & Intro
5:45-6PM: Community Slideshow
Showcase your urban garden or farm project! Send 1-2 photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8AM on May 14.
6-7PM: Panel discussion – “Sharing the Harvest”
Farmers, gardeners, food pantry coordinators and recipients from across the city will discuss donation programs, garden “gleaning” projects, and other ways that local gardens and farms can ensure that what they grow goes to good use.
Moderated by Ben Helphand, Executive Director of NeighborSpace.
Panelists include: Laura Erickson (Green Youth Farm), Erin Fuller (Merchant Park Community Garden), Breanne Heath (Growing Home), Todd Jones (Every Last Morsel), Robert Nevel (KAMII, White Rock Gleaning Program), Al Simmons (Ginkgo Organic Giving Garden), and Angela Taylor (Garfield Park Garden Network).
7-7:45PM: Breakout discussion sessions
7:45-8PM: Mix & mingle