Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Poultry Matchmaking

Button quail hen wanted by handsome button quail cock. Eyes: red-brown, legs: orange, back: brown variegated streaks, bib: black and white, underbelly: slate blue, rust red, white with rust red speckles. Very handsome. Will give all mealworms to the lady.

My button hen passed away 12/30. My male has been calling (even in the middle of the night) for another lady. Anyone have any leads? They’d be appreciated! I’m looking for a mature, egg-laying hen. 

Here’s the handsome man with his former lady friend. 


Speakers Sought for Chicago’s Good Food Festival

Are you an expert bee-keeper? A master preserver? A composting guru? We want to hear from you! in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Edible Alchemy, and Faith’s Farm, are seeking speakers for micro-workshops to be presented on the Good Food Commons at the 10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference on Saturday, March 15, 2014

We had over 70 sessions last year, and we’re open to hearing any and all of your ideas! You can learn more here:

Lily Baker

Save the Date!
10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference
March 13th-15th, 2014
UIC Forum, Chicago, IL

For more urban agriculture news, information and opportunities, visit AUA at

Applications are due Wednesday January 15th, so now’s the time to apply!




2 March, 2013: Home to Roost Teaches Chicken-Keeping Class

Basic Backyard Chicken Care

March 2, 2013, 10:00 AM to 1 PM 

Location: Rebuilding Exchange 1740 W Webster Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60614 United States


Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?


Please join us for this Cadillac of chicken-keeping classes! This 3-hour workshop covers best practices forBasic 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 how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. 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.

For more info and to register, visit the Angelic Organics Learning Center site.

Help out with Bioneers 2013

A message from The Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Core Planning Team

The 2nd annual Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Event will take place November 1-3, 2013 at Roosevelt University, along Chicago’s historic lakefront!  There are over 20 Bioneers satellite sites in the nation, and we are proud to be part of a larger group that brings messages of hope and change to our communities.


January – time for hibernation, but far from inactive: roots grow, animals dream, and Bioneers plan.  Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago is still young and growing in Chicago, but we are already busy planning our 2013 gathering, and we invite you to lend your hands, hearts and minds to help spread the word and the movement.

We are currently populating our core planning committees, and would love for you to join us! The shorter days and colder weather provide fertile ground for dreaming and re-imagining our neighborhoods, our city and our planet.

Please read the committee descriptions below, and contact us if you would like to get involved at this early stage.

Outreach Committee: Help get the word out! Work with the Outreach Committee to decide on and prioritize target audiences; develop a plan to reach these audiences; and to oversee and direct the materialization of the plan (materials and events).  The Outreach Committee also works with the Marketing Committee to coordinate marketing materials.  To get involved, contact

Marketing Committee: What is the face of Bioneers in Chicago?  Help us develop support materials and coordinate the preparation of communication tools such as our fundraising package, newsletter, press releases, PSA’s, ads, postcards, social media content, and the program guide.  If interested, contact

Fundraising Committee:  Help us offer reasonable registration fees by soliciting gifts from major donors, attracting individual and in-kind donations, and running our online fundraising campaigns. Please to get involved.

Program Committee: Be on the team that creates the program for 2013! Contact presenters, review proposals, plan events leading up to November, and help ensure that we are providing the highest quality, most inspirational program possible.  If interested, email

Logistics Committee: Liaise with our host university and other committees to ensure all details run smoothly during the gathering; ensure tech support is available for presenters; and arrange lodging and transportation for out-of-town guests. Contact

Food Committee: What’s on the menu?  From where is it sourced?  Have we accommodated food restrictions of our attendees?  What kind of packaging are we using? Is the food delicious??  If these questions are important to you, contact

Volunteer Committee: Looking for energized and committed individuals interested creating an even better second year!  We are looking to fill several positions, described below.  If any of them sound like your thing, contact

  • Assistant Volunteer Coordinator –  Are you good at recognizing people’s strengths and delegating tasks? Work with the Volunteer Coordinator and develop a seamless all volunteer-based event!
  • Green Team Coordinator – Green it! Mean it! Do you like making a difference? Work with GLBC and the venue to develop and implement the event’s garbage/recycling service etc.
  • Workshops Coordinator –  GLBC offers one of the largest array of quality speakers, workshops and activities possible. Work with GBLC to further its vision by helping to create at atmosphere that inspires solutions guided by nature for people and the planet.
  • Main Stage Coordinator – Help set the stage! Work with GLBC to make this another world class event!

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago is a local, self-organized National Bioneers Affiliate Partner.  To learn more visit:

Urban Livestock Expo, 16 Feb., 2013

Interested in learning more about urban agriculture?

Come out for the AUA 2013 Urban Livestock Expo – FREE!

When: Sat, February 16, 10am – 1pm

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory (map)
Description: Open to all and FREE! AUA’s Winter Gathering will be all about livestock in the city! You’ll have the opportunity to learn key aspects of keeping chicken/ducks, bees, goats and rabbits, and discuss associated issues and needs for organizing, education, and problem solving.

THE BASICS of raising chickens, ducks, bees, goats, & rabbits in the city
• • •
INTROS to local livestock keepers & networks
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SOURCES of info & supplies

Click here for the Expo_Poster.

Chicks at Belmont Feed and Seed, Feb. 5 or 6

Lidia at Belmont Feed and Seed will have chicks the beginning of next week.

Just an update on our chick shipment:
Our first hatch of chicks are to come in the first week of February. They will be shipped on February 4th, due to arrive on the 5th or the 6th of February.

We have: Araucana/Americauna, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Black Austrolorps, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Isa Browns (Red Stars), all Pullets and all vaccinated for Mareks. All supplies are in. Plan to come in and make your selection.

All supplies are in.

Plan to come in and make your selection.

For more information on Belmont Feed and Seed, see the Resources tab.

5 Jan 2013: Chicken-Keeping Class at the Garfield Park Conservatory


Raising Chickens in the City: Opportunities and Challenges

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hours: 10:00 am – Noon

Where: Jensen Room

Cost: $15 / $10 GPCA Members and Volunteers

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to get in touch with your “inner farmer?” Let us help! Jennifer Murtoff, president of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, joins us to share the reasons raising chickens in the city is both important and doable. Come join us for this informative class, where you’ll learn a bit about how to choose a chicken for your space, get coop plans, and more.

Please register by visiting the web page and clicking the “register now” button below. If you have further questions about this class, please contact Melanie Harding at x16 Please note that registrations cannot be refunded after Friday, December 27th. If you purchase a spot in this workshop after 5pm on Friday, January 4th, please either bring a printed copy of your email receipt, or show it on your smart phone at the door of the workshop.