AUA Movie and Mingle Night Benton House – $7 donation suggested

Movie and Mingle Night
Friday, April 4 from 7 – 10:30 pm
Benton House
3034 S. Gratten Ave.
$7 suggested Donation Join AUA’s Connections Committeee as they host a special screening of “A Community of Gardeners” which focuses on 7 community gardens in Washington D.C. Come and find opportunities to get involved with Chicago’s growing urban agriculture movement, make new connections with great people and projects, check out the Benton House’s “Backyard Botany” Community Garden, and enjoy local eats, drinks, and entertainment. What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring on a Friday night?


Tours of Benton House’s Backyard Botany Community Garden
A special screening of documentary A Community of Gardeners
Delicious local food and beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lunch Social

It’s been a long time since we’ve shared a meal together! Join us at Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park for lunch and a chance to get to know each other. We can talk about anything permaculture and perhaps plan a future event together!


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Free: Bee Keeping Lecture with Marina Post

Bee Keeping can seem daunting what with all the equipment and knowledge to gain. Perhaps more critical to understanding what it means to take on this activity is forging a relationship with bees. In this class we’ll explore the fundamentals of honey bees and keeping them as well as a different approach to how we think about keeping bees.

Suitable for beginners as well as seasoned bee keepers. Class Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: $FREE

April 10, 2014 7:00 PM

Please sign up online:

Limit 15 spaces.  

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The North Lawndale Greening Committee,
The Garfield Park Community Council, and The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
MARCH 29 & 30, 2014

Interested in Growing Nutrient Dense, Higher Yielding Crops? How About Crops with Improved Pest & Disease Resistance and Better Tolerance of Extreme Weather Conditions?

Learn from a life long Farmer of his understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will present a 2-session Workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production. 

Date: Saturday, March 29th and Sunday March 30th
Time: 9:30am – 4:30 pm
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Avenue – Classroom Chicago, IL 60624

Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. 

Potluck event. Please bring a dish to share on both days. 

For Event Information: please contact the North Lawndale Greening Committee – Dr. Shemuel Israel, President NLGC – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-55537, or email at

For Scholarship information, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator, Cell: 774-573-6804,

REGISTER ONLINE AT THE BFA WEBSITE: (Toward the bottom of the Workshops page is the button to Sign Up online.)

Limit 35 participants.

Workshop Summary:

The High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, as presented by the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA; <a>,</a> is designed so that participants can learn the basic principles and practices of this form of biological and energetic farming and gardening, including discussion and identification of limiting factors to genetic potential. 

These Workshops ( are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops, thus resulting in healthier lives. The learning focus of this series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics, leading to an increase in the bionutrient level of your soil, an increase in the bionutrient level of your crops, as well as increasing the potential for greater yields, improved pest and disease resistance, and crops with better tolerance to extreme weather conditions.

This Workshop will begin with an analysis of participants’ soil tests, then progress to discussions about cover crops, recommended soil amendments, and more, with an increasing depth of understanding about the multi-faceted nature of the biological system of the soil, and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and our observations and interventions. Each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop. For a video outline of the major Workshop topics, please visit the BFA’s YouTube 


This Workshop is also acknowledged by NOFA Organic Lawn Care to be 4 AOLCP credits.

Teacher: Dan Kittredge’s Bio:

Dan Kittredge is the director of the Bionutrient Food Association & the Real Food Campaign, and past executive director of Remineralize the Earth. Dan grew up on a farm, the son of two prominent leaders in the organic farming movement: Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge. He manages an organic farm currently, and has worked directly with farmers in Central America, Russia and India, as well as across the USA, researching and developing sustainable agriculture techniques.

The strategic developer behind the Bionutrient Food Association & the Real Food Campaign is Dan. He is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with all interested stakeholders, from growers to grocery stores. He is currently teaching biological soil management systems to farmers and gardeners throughout the Northeastern US and has called for the first National Conference on Nutrient Dense Food.

Dan’s vision includes a highly educated public that appreciates the benefits of nutrient dense food and seeks it out, wholesalers and retailers who understand the market potential and sources of supply, a robust distribution system, and a synergistic web of connection between the farming community, labs for soil and tissue testing, and biological farming consultants who help farmers to make it happen. Critical to Dan’s vision is the development of rigorous standards certifying food as nutrient dense, or with high bionutrient levels.

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Home-Scale Aquaponics

Home-Scale Aquaponics
April 12
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Arturo Velasquez Institute Greenhouse
Andy McGhee, Windy City Harvest aquaponic specialist
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.

Register online:

Windy City Harvest workshops are perfect for the small-scale sustainable farmer. Whether it is your backyard, community garden plot, apartment, porch, rooftop or school garden, these workshops will help you get the most production out of your small space, using sustainable techniques. Classes are open to the general public. Workshops have a maximum registration of 15 students.Contact Kelly Larsen with additional questions at

All Windy City Harvest workshops are held Saturdays in the greenhouse classroom at the Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL. (Please enter the south parking lot at 31st Street). Registration for each class ends the Thursday prior to each class. The cost is $39; no discounts apply. There is a $20 cancellation fee per class unless the class is cancelled due to low enrollment. All workshops are taught by Windy City Harvest certificate graduates.

All materials and handouts are provided. Windy City Harvest is a program of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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FREE: What is a Food Forest?

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system base on woodland ecosystems incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.
Taught by AnnaMaria Leon, Master Gardener and Permaculture expert
Class Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: $FREE

April 17, 2014 6:00 Please register at:

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