AUA Southside Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for August’s Movie & Mingle Night featuring acclaimed documentary Edible City!

You can also expect:

•  Presentation by Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

• Tour of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab’s projects.

• Craft beer from Sierra Nevada.

• Meeting and connecting with fellow urban growers!

All proceeds will benefit AUA and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

AUA is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

North American Permaculture Convergence

WHEN: August 29-31, 2014

WHERE: Harmony Park, Minnesota, an event venue an hour and a half south of Minneapolis.

WHY: A gathering of professionals and students of permaculture design for the purpose of continuing education and networking.

Website: www.NorthAmericanPermaculture.org

On August 29th to 31st, 2014 the first North American Permaculture Convergence will be held at Harmony Park, a 40-acre outdoor events venue in Clarks Grove, Minnesota with a permaculture installation and on a gorgeous lake. Permaculture professionals and practitioners of all ages will connect with their peer group to make this first continent-wide convergence an historic event.

Permaculture is a system of ecological design that strives to use local and renewable resources to create resilient and abundant human systems,such as a backyard garden, a farm, or a town.

The North American Permaculture Convergence is an opportunity for permaculturalists to network and exchange ideas and knowledge. Join us for educational workshops, hands-on demonstrations, networking, discussion groups, round tables, children’s permaculture adventures, entertainment, music, a permaculture exposition, and local, organic fare. Special topics at the convergence will include – permaculture education systems, curriculum, regional design nuances, and continent-wide movement building.

A series of workshop intensives and site tours, featuring Toby Hemenway, Jude Hobbs, Mark Shepard and others will be held in the days before and after the North American Convergence.
Early bird tickets are only $200 until August 15th! For event registration, please visit our website.
To get involved with the first annual North American Permaculture Convergence or for more information, please visit www.northamericanpermaculture.org or write info@northamericanpermaculture.org

Darren Doherty presents Why Regenerative is Better than Sustainable

THE EVENT IS FULL 8/13/14. NO MORE RSVP’S ACCEPTED.

Darren Doherty is here all the way from Australia to share his Regrarian style of permaculture with us. Enjoy this FREE opportunity to meet Darren, gain new insight and knowledge, and build your permaculture community.

Darren has extensive experience across the world in permaculture project design, development & management. A career-­long focus on the profitable retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a Certified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline® Designer, Accredited Permaculture Trainer (APT®), Certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and formerly a Registered Teacher of the ‘The Permaculture Institute.’

<a>Limited seating so please register for this free event by August 14th.</a> 

The M.A. Center Chicago is hosting Darren for a four day workshop Saturday, August 16th – Tuesday, August 19th. Click here for more info.

AUA Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

The night will also feature:

• A talk by Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home, about his recent visit to Cuba’s urban agriculture projects.

• Tours of the Rooftop Farm by Loud Grade Produce Squad.

• Good times & networking with Chicago’s urban agriculture community.

• Craft beers & tasty snacks

All ages! 21+ with ID for alcohol
$7 Admission (All proceeds benefit Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA)

AUA is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

Note: Location has changed to ICA a few blocks from the original venue. A tour of the Weiss Memorial Rooftop Garden will still be offered!

Meet at City Farm for their first Sustainability Fest

Let’s meet up at Art Depth’s 5th Annual, where Art Depth partners up with City Farm for an art and sustainability festival at City Farm on Division and Clybourn). There will be fresh food workshops, highlighted sustainable projects and organizations as well as arts and crafts (this fest is all-ages), featured artists, fair-trade shopping, live contemporary bluegrass music, and a special note from Ken Dunn of the Resource Center + other speakers on issues of sustainability. see http://www.artdepth.org for full event schedule and more information. It’s five hours long (11am-4pm). We can meet at 11:30am at the N. Cleveland entrance to the farm for an opportunity to tour the farm while volunteers are still present (they leave at 2pm).

Note: there is a (suggested donation) of $10 to help pay for the costs of production

Light Clay Straw infill walls on a tree house!!!

This will be a continuation of the light clay straw slip workshop a week prior.

I built a round treehouse – being such left me with not too many options for wall coverings – so I decided on light clay straw slip between studs and a earthen plaster on both the inside and outside.

It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following:

Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic disco ball or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? Also need some dark wood dowels to make plugs to hide the lag bolts in the floor, could also use some dark wood strips for between the floor boards. I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse.

Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear( rectangular windows acquired, portholes would still be most excellent) . The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed (Done), we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect.

Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” or we can go swimming at a near by rock quarry with crystal clear water and catch the sunset and come back for a bonfire. (Lots of options)- we will chat about natural building – we can review your ideas for your project as well.

Lets get a treehouse plastered!!

This will be a continuation of the light clay straw slip workshop a day prior. We will install the earthen plaster on the walls inside and out.

I built a round treehouse – being such left me with not too many options for wall coverings – so I decided on light clay straw slip between studs and a earthen plaster on both the inside and outside.

It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following:

Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic disco ball or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? Also need some dark wood dowels to make plugs to hide the lag bolts in the floor, could also use some dark wood strips for between the floor boards. I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse.

Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear( rectangular windows acquired, portholes would still be most excellent) . The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed (Done), we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect.

Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” or we can go swimming at a near by rock quarry with crystal clear water and catch the sunset and come back for a bonfire. (Lots of options)- we will chat about natural building – we can review your ideas for your project as well.

Light Clay Straw Infill walls for a Tree House!!

I built a treehouse this weekend and I made it round with a sloping flat roof. It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following: Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic light fixture for the inside or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse. Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear. The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed, we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect. Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” – we can chat about natural building and such.

Darren Doherty Permaculture Theory and Practicums

2 days of Permaculture Theory followed by 2 days of Pacticum with Darren Doherty – an internationally recognized leader and pioneer in permaculture and regenerative agriculture.
Sign up for one 2-day workshop or both.
The workshops are designed so that both novices and experts will benefit from the practical application of Permaculture Design.
For more info and to register: http://greenfriends.us

Questions:  events.macc@gmail.com

Home-Scale Aquaponics

Home-Scale Aquaponics
September 13
Saturday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Arturo Velasquez Institute Greenhouse
Andy McGhee, Windy City Harvest aquaponic specialist
$39
Learn how you can raise fish and vegetable crops together in a symbiotic relationship. With an established aquaponics system as a guide, you will discover how it all works: system components and functions, daily and weekly production flow tasks, troubleshooting, fish and crop selection, and options for assembling your own system with simple materials.