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Call for Proposals at Good Food Fest, March 24, 2018

Want to present your preserving process? Wax eloquent about the wonders of worm composting? Crow about your kombucha? Brag on your beautiful homebrew?

The Good Food Fest is asking for presentation topic proposals for 2018. Deadline is Feb. 2, 2018.

Event Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Event Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Event Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
Workshops Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Length of Workshops: 30 minutes
Workshops Location: Level 1 of UIC Forum in combined Rooms D-E-F

Workshop presenters should focus on skills-based topics that can be delivered in a concise 30-minute format to a small group. Audience engagement is critical and a format that fosters direct interaction and time for questions is essential. Each Resource Center will seat 6-12 attendees with standing room for a small group. Your proposal should include a description of your presentation format to help us understand how it will integrate into this environment.


COMPOST IT: includes soil topics, vermiculture, compost teas, troubleshooting, best practices, or anything else related to composting practices.

GROW YOUR OWN: includes urban growing, container gardening, season extension, harvesting & handling, and other DIY gardening skills.

MAKE YOUR OWN: includes kitchen skills, keeping cultures (kombucha and sourdough), culinary curiosities, special diets, preserving, fermenting and other creative cooking topics.

RAISE YOUR OWN: includes livestock, raising urban animals, bees, chickens, goats, or anything else of interest to backyard livestock enthusiasts.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing the creative ideas our great Good Food community comes up with! Please e-mail questions to Nick Lucas at



Needed ASAP – volunteers for 2017 coop tour

We need your help for the Windy City 2017 coop tour! It’s only one month away, and the coordinator Martha Boyd of Angelic Organics Learning Center has put out a desperate email, calling for “5-10 really motivated people” to volunteer ASAP. If she can’t muster the necessary support, she’ll be forced to pull the plug.

If you can help, email Martha today. 

This year’s concept was to extend the Tour as a showcase of the variety of Eco-Yard systems and activities that many of folks demonstrate over and above backyard chickens — Eco-Yards can include hosts who don’t have backyard livestock but can share lots of other interesting examples of green/sustainable yards and homes.
SO — We hope that the notion of a bigger, more expansive Tour in 2018 can tide folks over if no Coop Tour this Sept.




Des Plaines Considering Chickens

Board members in Des Plaines will be considering chickens on Monday night, August 7. For more information, and to come out and support the effort, click here and here.

2017 Urban Livestock Expo

Come out for the Urban Livestock Expo, Feb 18, 10-1, at the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W 111th St, Chicago, Illinois 60655.

Ever considered how to keep bees, goats, chickens, ducks or quails in your backyard? Join AUA’s winter gathering for free, fun workshops on daily care, ideal breeds, how to troubleshoot common problems, and professionals’ tips for being a good neighbor with animals in the city!

All levels of expertise and interest welcome, from the experienced to the curious! In addition to these great workshops, students will guide us on behind-the-scenes tours of their livestock barn and aquaponics center!

Area urban livestock groups and businesses will also staff resource tables with information on further learning opportunities, support networks, sources of supplies and equipment, and more.

To power all that learning, we’ll have tasty local food and beverage vendors with us as well! Don’t miss this fun opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with other practitioners, and get close to a goat. Spread the word to your networks, send questions to, and see you then!

**Unfortunately, Home to Roost will not able to attend this year due to chicken-keeping classes at the Morton Arboretum. 


Riverside announces hen and bee pilot programs

Hen & Beekeeping Pilot Programs

The Village of Riverside has approved a pilot program for 2017 to allow the keeping of hens and beekeeping. The village will begin accepting applications for a license for keeping hens or bees. The Village will only be issuing 15 licenses for beekeeping and 15 licenses for keeping of hens. On January 1, 2017 the Village will begin to accept applications, if the number of applications exceed 15 by January 15, 2017 a lottery will be used to determine the order the applications will be considered by the Village.

Beekeeping Application and Regulations

Keeping of Hens Application and Regulations


Timberfeast Local, Woodland Raised Meats

Check out this farm, which I learned about on the Sugarbeet Co-Op Edible Garden Tour:

Timberfeast is the love project of Mark Brady and Katie Kennedy, two young farmers proudly and compassionately raising pastured animals and pesticide-free vegetables in the small town of Chatsworth, Illinois where Mark’s family has been farming for over six generations. We are honored and humbled to co-create with the animals and the Earth to provide the best, most nourishing, nutrient dense food we can for you and your families.

Sugar Beet Edible Garden Tour in Oak Park, July 26, 9 am-2 pm

At the peak of growing season you will get an insider’s peek into the edible gardens of our neighbors in Oak Park and Austin.  You are invited from 9 am- 2:00 pm into beautiful private gardens to learn more about urban agriculture and get inspired to grow your own food!  Cycling from garden to garden is encouraged.  This is a day of learning, fun and enjoyment!  No dogs, please.

Home to Roost will be at 1153 S. Elmwood.

For more information, see the webpage.