June 29 – July 2, 2014
The theme of this conference is “restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue.” The conference will focus on three themes: (i) Urban Gardening, (ii) Green Infrastructures, and (iii) Greening Brownfields. This conference is for anyone working with planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining urban infrastructures and outdoor areas, including engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers, and educators.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 160 E Huron St., Chicago, Illinois 60661
Early registration ends April 15
For more information and to links to registration, click here.
Agenda: Soil in the City 2014 Program with Tour Description
Growing Cities Film Screening & Discussion
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 3-5pm
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N Harlem Ave,
Please join us for a film screening and discussion of Growing Cities, which chronicles filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette’s road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.
After the film, two Chicago urban agriculture activists featured in the film will participate in a 30-minute Q&A discussion. They are Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home, and Ken Dunn, Founder and Director of The Resource Center and City Farm.
Join the Good Food movement!
Come to the Good Food Festival at the UIC Forum in Chicago.
The purpose of the Good Food Festival & Conference is to link some of the best local farmers and family-owned producers of food and farm products with the public, trade buyers and leaders in the field to foster relationships that facilitate the growth of local food systems. FamilyFarmed.org now works with many of the nation’s largest buyers of local food including Whole Foods Market, Sysco, Compass Group, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Goodness Greeness, and others to connect them with local food sources.
Home to Roost will be speaking on Saturday, March 15, at 12:30 and 2:30. Check out the Raise Your Own minisession schedule and more of the scheduled events.
This class will cover location, materials, parts of a coop, dimensions, and design considerations.
One day Zag the chicken decides to roost in an odd place, and, like Mary’s little lamb… makes it to school! Then it becomes a habit. Read more here.
Congrats to Aurora, Colorado*, for moving forward with a chicken-keeping ordinance!
Aurora City Council voted 6 to 4 in approval of the measure. Ward IV Councilwoman Molly Markert and Ward V Council Member Bob Roth voted against it, citing their wards’ opposition to backyard chickens, along with At-Large Councilman Pierce and Ward VI Councilman Bob Broom. – See more at: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/city-council-chickens-feb-24/#sthash.Rb4sLuuV.dpuf
*We had initially reported this as Aurora, Illinois. However, this is Aurora, Colorado – no less deserving of congratulations!
TODAY is the last day to register for this in depth class on urban chicken keeping. This class not will be offered again until November.
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Belli’s Local Foods: http://www.bellischicago.com
1219 W 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard? YES!
Please join us for our comprehensive workshop on best practices for Basic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago and surrounding communities.
Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago – and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn everything from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations to keep your chickens well –and you & your neighbors happy…
You will leave the workshop with the knowledge, recommendations, and resources you need for your own home flock – and you’ll make connections with other chicken enthusiasts in Chicago.