Good Food Commons – Saturday, March 15th, 2014


The Good Food Commons is the place to cultivate your curiosity!

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2014 Good Food Commons is presented in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Chicago Botanic Garden, Edible Alchemy, and Faith’s Farm.

We’re excited to present these six resource centers:

Make Your Own • Raise Your Own • Grow Your Own • Preserve It • Community Building • Compost It

Make Your Own Resource Center

Pique your culinary curiosity at the Make Your Own Resource Center with a tasty array of sessions on herbal infusions, heirloom yogurts, cheesemaking, and more. We’ll learn how to make a sourdough starter, cider, and DIY condiments at home. Presented in partnership with Edible Alchemy.

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

Herbal Infusions for Cooking

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, Backyard Patch Herbal Creations
11:30 -11:50 am

Sourdough Starter Basics

Anne Kostroski, Crumb Chicago, Sauce & Bread Kitchen
12:00 -12:20 pm

DIY Heirloom Yogurts

Branden Byers, FermUp
12:30 -12:50 pm

DIY Condiments

Charis Chia, We Can Eat That
1:00 -1:20 pm

Home Liqueurs Cordials & Cocktail Surprises

Victor J. Kinzer, Edible Alchemy
1:30 -1:50 pm

Kombucha & Kombucha Mocktails

Nathan Wyse, Arize Artisan Kombucha
2:00 -2:20 pm

Introduction to Cheese-making

David Arfa & Elsa M Jacobson
2:30 -2:50 pm

Cheesemaking with Goat’s Milk

April Morris, Angelic Organics Learning Center
3:00 -3:20 pm

Something Gluten Free

Betty Alper, Bot Bakery
3:30 -3:50 pm

Vinegars & Ciders

Mike Bancroft, Co-op Image/Sauce & Bread Kitchen

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Raise Your Own Resource Center

The Raise Your Own Resource Center is the place to hold a fluffy baby chick, and learn how to keep bees, raise chickens and keep goats in your back yard. Presented in partnership with Faith’s Farm.

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

Making Chickens a Part of your Family

Mary Lane, Professor Malcom X College
11:30 -11:50 am

Goats in the City – For milk and compost

Carolyn Ioder, Goat Guardian Guild
12:00 -12:20 pm

Buzz on Bees – Keeping Multiple Hives

Pat Meszaros, Honey Bee Acres, Inc.
12:30 -12:50 pm

Chicken Health

Jennifer Murtoff, Home to Roost
1:00 -1:20 pm

Goats – Select the right breed for your need – housing, fencing and care

Harry Carr, Mint Creek Farm
1:30 -1:50 pm

Beekeeping in the City

Michael Thompson, Co-op Honey
2:00 -2:20 pm

Bunnies in your Backyard

Corey Gilson
2:30 -2:50 pm

DIY Chicken Coop Design

Jennifer Murtoff, Home to Roost & Kim Snyder, Faith’s Farm
3:00 -3:20 pm

DIY Home Aquaponics to Feed Your Family – How set-up a system in one afternoon

Arash Amini, Farm Tower Co.
3:30 -3:50 pm

Chicken Keeping – Understanding the breeds, lifespan, nutrition, daily care and rules in your community

Kim Snyder, Faith’s Farm

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Grow Your Own Resource Center

Expert gardeners share how to transform yards, balconies, and rooftops in 20-minute sessions at the Grow Your Own Resource Center. Learn easy techniques for extending the growing season, growing shiitake mushrooms, container gardening, and managing soil quality. Presented in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

Improving Organic Soil

Mark Moxley, Lake Street Supply
11:30 -11:50 am

Oh Shiitake Mushrooms! How to grow your own in your backyard

Jill NiewoehnerMamaGrows
12:00 -12:20 pm

Container Gardening for Patios

Megan Baumann, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
12:30 -12:50 pm

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Darius Jones, Chicago Botanic Garden/Windy City Harvest, Urban Aggies
1:00 -1:20 pm

Improving Organic Soil

Mark Moxley, Lake Street Supply
1:30 -1:50 pm

Build your own pallet garden

Carson Poole, Chicago Botanic Garden
2:00 -2:20 pm

Cut flower production for edible flower bouquets

Sarah Pekovitch, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
2:30 -2:50 pm

Permaculture And Woody Plants In The Chicago Region

Dave Coulter, Triton College
3:00 -3:20 pm

Container Gardening for Patios

Megan Baumann, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
3:30 -3:50 pm

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Darius Jones, Chicago Botanic Garden/Windy City Harvest, Urban Aggies

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Preserve It Resource Center

The Preserve It Resource Center is the place to learn how to preserve the bounty from your garden or farmers market- canning to kimchi to herb preservation. Presented in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA).

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

Water Bath Canning

Lee Greene, Scrumptious Pantry
11:30 -11:50 am

Kimchi Basics & Improv

Branden ByersFermUp
12:00 -12:20 pm

Preserving Herbs

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, Backyard Patch Herbal Creations
12:30 -12:50 pm

10 Ways to Preserve Tomatoes

Liat Shanan, Sandbox Organics
1:00 -1:20 pm

Fantastic Fermentation

Andrea Mattson-McGaffey, Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op
1:30 -1:50 pm

Make Your Own Pectin

Breanne Heath, The Pie Patch
2:00 -2:20 pm

Water Bath Canning

Lee Greene, Scrumptious Pantry
2:30 -2:50 pm

Preserving Herbs

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, Backyard Patch Herbal Creations
3:00 -3:20 pm

Fantastic Fermentation

Andrea Mattson-McGaffey, Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op
3:30 -3:50 pm

10 Ways to Preserve Tomatoes

Liat Shanan, Sandbox Organics

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Compost It Resource Center

Get the real dirt on compost at The Compost It Resource Center! Learn how to compost kitchen scraps and yard waste, troubleshoot problems, and get expert answers to your burning questions about urban composting answered by the experts. Presented in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA).

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

Indoor Composting with Red Worms

Carla McGarrah, Alewyfe Urban Potager
11:30 -11:50 am

What Composting System Fits Your Needs

Ken Dunn,  Resource Center
12:00 -12:20 pm

3-Bin Composting

Sarah Pekovitch, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
12:30 -12:50 pm

Compost Troubleshooting and Q&A

Sarah PekovitchChicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
1:00 -1:20 pm

Indoor Composting with Red Worms

Carla McGarrah, Alewyfe Urban Potager
1:30 -1:50 pm

What Composting System Fits Your Needs

Ken Dunn Resource Center
2:00 -2:20 pm

Brewing Compost Teas

Breanne Heath, The Pie Patch
2:30 -2:50 pm

Composting Systems on a Budget

Mattie Wilson, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
3:00 -3:20 pm

3-Bin Composting

Sarah Pekovitch, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Program
3:30 -3:50 pm

Composting Systems on a Budget

Mattie Wilson, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

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Community Building Resource Center

The Community Building Resource Center explores how to cultivate and green your neighborhood. There are sessions on how to start a community garden, nurture a sense of community with Good Food, and preserve biodiversity in your own back yard.

Time

Event

Speaker & Organization

11:00 am -11:20 am

How to Start a Seed Lending Library

Vicki Nowicki, The Land Office
11:30 -11:50 am

Seeds of Change Community Garden Grant Program

Manish AminSeeds of Change®
12:00 -12:20 pm

Introducing Slow Food Chicago’s “Snail of Approval”

Jeannine Wise, Slow Food Chicago
12:30 -12:50 pm Why Join a Community Garden? Maribeth Brewer, Peterson Garden Project
1:00 -1:20 pm

There’s No I In Soup

Beth Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm
1:30 -1:50 pm Why Join a Community Garden? Maribeth Brewer, Peterson Garden Project
2:00 -2:20 pm

Seeds of Change Community Garden Grant Program

Manish Amin, Seeds of Change®
2:30 -2:50 pm

TBD

 
3:00 -3:20 pm

Seeds of Change Community Garden Grant Program

Manish Amin, Seeds of Change®

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