Archive for the ‘Local food’ Category

Good Food Festival, March 24-26, 2016


Come join local food vendors, growers, and enthusiasts this weekend at the UIC Forum to learn more about good food! Sample local organic fare, find a new recipe, or discover a local vendor that sells exactly what you’ve been looking for. Explore the different educational tracks that help you grow, raise, and can your own food. Home to Roost will be presenting, as will folks who raise ducks, goats, and quail. For more information, visit the festival website. 

Chicago Tonight Covers Urban Agriculture


Chicago Tonight covered urban ag in this fun piece. They focused on goats and touched on bees and (of course!) chickens!

11th Annual Good Food Festival and Conference! March 19 – 21, 2015


Join us for the 11th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference!
March 19 – 21, 2015 – UIC Forum – Chicago, IL

Buy Tickets for Good Food Festival & Conference Events Online – or You Can Also Pay At The Door!

Check out the Saturday programming for Raise Your Own minisessions on chickens, goats, bees, quail, and more!

Each segment of the Good Food Festival & Conference would make a superb stand-alone event. FamilyFarmed brings it all – financing… trade… producer issues… school food… food policy… an exhibit hall where you can meet more than 100 farm and food vendors… an awesome food and drink tasting event… and a Festival that is a great public celebration of the Good Food movement!

Please join us. You’ll be enlightened, inspired, and delighted! Visit the event website for more information and to buy tickets.

Fall Workshops for Backyard Chicken Keepers


REGISTER NOW for Angelic Organics Learning Center’s workshops for keepers of backyard chickens this fall.

1) Basic Backyard Chicken Care

Saturday November 8, 2014, 1:30PM-4:30PM

Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

Cost: $35 Offered by Angelic Organics Learning Center and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, who calls it “the Cadillac of backyard chicken workshops.”

2) Urban Chicken Health Care

Thursday November 13, 2014, 6PM-8:30PM

Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

Cost: $35 This is an *advanced workshop* for chicken keepers who are already experienced in basic care, and who want to advance their knowledge and skills. Developed and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, the workshop will cover prevention, basic troubleshooting, and care for common chicken health issues and injuries.

3) Chicken Butchery

Sunday, November 9, 2014,  1PM-4PM

At our rural learning center at Angelic Organics farm in Caledonia, IL (about 90 minutes west of Chicago)

Cost  $65 Although keeping chickens for the purpose of slaughtering for food is not legal within Chicago city limits, you can learn to slaughter a chicken humanely, whether to eat or because it’s ailing or injured.

More info and registration is on our website. There’s a 10% off discount on all of our fall classes at the Farm: use the code “WB2014FALL” during checkout to get your discount. You can see our full list of classes at http://www.learngrowconnect.org/events.

Windy City Coop Tour Pictures


Just for fun, here are the pictures from the house I was stationed at on this year’s coop tour! Goats, chickens, ducks, quail–all in the city limits.

A blow to urban and suburban agriculture in Michigan


At a special meeting Monday,  the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development removed Right to Farm protection for farm animals raised in neighborhoods with more than 13 homes within 1/8 of a mile of the animals, or with any home within 250 feet of the proposed facility….

The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. These new changes will affect residents of rural Michigan too. Shady Grove Farm in Gwinn, Michigan is on six and a half acres and homes 150 egg-laying hens that provide eggs to a local co-op and a local restaurant. This small Michigan farm also homes sheep for wool and a few turkeys and meat chickens to provide fresh healthy, local poultry.

Read more about this change here and here.

 

Sustainable Ag Camp at Triton College


Urban Ag Camp   July 14-17th 9am-3pm

  • Visit Chicago’s best urban farms
  • Meet leaders in the local food movement
  • Learn about jobs in the emerging green economy

Sponsored by Triton College’s new Sustainable Agriculture Technology program, this experiential 4-day summer camp is designed to provide high school students with a hands-on perspective of our local food system.  Participants will learn about opportunities in the emerging green economy through site visits to urban farms, conversations with innovative entrepreneurs, and tastings at local restaurants.  The way that we think about food and farming is being turned up-side-down.  Register now to learn more!

Taught by Nathan Wright (Triton College) and Cheryl Munoz (The Sugar Beet Coop).  Camp materials to be provided.  24hrs of class time.

COST:  Free

REGISTRATION:  Contact Triton College’s Continuing Education Department, (708) 456-0300 x 3500 and register for CMP C50 101 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Camp.  Registration is limited to 20 students, 14 to 18 years old.

FOR QUESTIONS (or to be added to our waiting list):  Contact Nathan Wright, Faculty Membernathanwright@triton.edu or (708) 456-0300 x 3073.