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AUA's Fall Gathering!

  • UIC Student Center 828 South Wolcott Avenue Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)

Host: Advocates for Urban Agriculture


We hope you can join us Thursday, Oct. 17th, 6pm-9pm, at 828 S. Wolcott Ave, for a celebration of the season and our community! In addition to merriment, catching up with friends new and old, and BYOB potluck, we'll be discussing several important policy and research updates. We want your voice there! The evening's topics include:

- Advocating for an equitable urban farm water policy. Currently, only two hydrant permits are available: 1) a community garden permit (not intended for production-oriented urban farms) 2) a temporary ‘festival’ hydrant rate, which at $83.78 per day is unaffordable for urban farms that need daily water for irrigation and post-harvest handling throughout the growing season. After a lengthy process led by affected stakeholders, our recommendations to the city and sign-on letter will be ready for discussion and review as we prepare for next steps.

- Organizing against the proposed Chicago Livestock Ordinance. Introduced this September by Aldermen Lopez (15th ward) and Napolitano (41st ward) without meaningful community input, this ordinance would hinder the ability of Chicago residents and urban farmers to grow and raise their own food through fees, fines, and unnecessary burdensome regulations. Read on for action alert steps you can take now.

- Perceptions of urban agriculture through the lens of urban farmers and developers in Black communities throughout Chicago. This discussion will be led by Dr. Saria Lofton of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lofton is a health diagnosis researcher that focuses on health promotion in the Black community locally and internationally.

Invite your friends! Spanish interpretation and childcare available to all who RSVP by October 10th. We'll be gathering at the Thompson Room of UIC's Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, accessible by the Blue/Pink line and other public transit options. Questions? Contact us at See you soon!