Annual CCE events include the Urban Livestock Expo in February and the Windy City Coop Tour in September.
Watch for Basic Backyard Chicken Care workshops (March and November) and Advanced Chicken Health (October).

2015 Urban Livestock Expo on Saturday February 14

posted Jan 20, 2015, 12:34 PM by Martha Boyd   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 1:43 PM ]

n search of a fun (and informative) Valentine’s Day excursion?
What says "I love ewe" better than a date at the 3rd annual Urban Livestock Expo!

Angelic Organics Learning CenterAdvocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), and the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts will present the 3rd Annual Urban Livestock Expo on February 14, 2015 from 10AM to 1PM at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS) at 3857 W. 111th Street in Chicago.

The Expo offers new and experienced keepers of urban livestock the chance to learn about caring for a variety of animals, and to network with each other. Presenters with expertise raising chickens, ducks, quails, rabbits, bees, and goats will introduce visitors to primary needs of each, highlighting issues to consider and steps to take in preparation for keeping livestock in the city.

Area urban livestock groups and businesses will staff resource tables in the school’s atrium, with information about further opportunities for learning, support networks, sources of supplies and equipment, and more. As Expo hosts, CHAS students will give tours of the school’s aquaponics center and livestock barn and sell baked goods and plants from their food science and horticulture programs. 

Many Chicagoans are creatively weaving together food gardens, livestock, and composting in small spaces. Presenters at the Urban Livestock Expo aim to help city residents do well by their animals and by their neighbors and the city as a whole. Angelic Organic Learning Center’s Chicago Program Director Martha Boyd explains, “Everyone who raises animals in the city becomes the face of urban livestock for other people. We want to help each prevent problems and be the best example possible. The Expo gives visitors a foundation for taking the next steps toward raising livestock of their own.”

Expo visitors are encouraged to arrive between 9:30AM and 10:00AM for registration. Concurrent presentations begin at 10:00AM and continue until 12:30PM. Visitors can browse resource tables and tour CHAS's livestock barn and aquaponics center throughout the event until 1:00PM. The detailed schedule can be seen at the three sponsoring organizations’ websites. Admission to the Urban Livestock Expo is free, but donations to help cover costs and to support the sponsors’ programs are encouraged and welcome.

Angelic Organics Learning Center helps rural and urban people build healthy local food systems, as educational nonprofit partner to Angelic Organics, a Biodynamic CSA farm. Advocates for Urban Agriculture is a non-profit coalition of Chicago-area gardeners, farmers, organizations, businesses and others who seek to expand and strengthen urban agriculture, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms. The Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts share advice, information, and resources about backyard poultry keeping and offer an annual Windy City Coop Tour.

See Press Release HERE.
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2014 Urban Livestock Expo: Saturday February 22, 10AM-1PM

posted Jan 13, 2014, 11:26 AM by Martha Boyd   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 10:47 AM by Martha Boyd ]


Angelic Organics Learning Center, Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), and the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts again present the Urban Livestock Expo on February 22, 2014 from 10AM to 1PM at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W 111th Street in Chicago.

The Expo offers the chance to network with new and experienced urban livestock keepers and learn about raising chickens/poultry, bees, goats, and rabbits in the city.  The Expo's focus is raising animals responsibly in backyards, with representatives of many urban livestock groups, projects, and businesses on hand to tell visitors about opportunities for learning, visits, apprenticeships, sources of supplies, networking, and more.

Participants include new and experienced livestock keepers, experienced instructors, organized networks like the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, Windy City Bees, and the Goat Guardians Guild; organizations that support, train and advise on livestock topics; and businesses that provide supplies and services to people keeping livestock in the city.

Brief overviews of each "critter group" (chickens, bees, goats, rabbits) start at 10:15AM. Participants then choose an intensive session to attend at 11:15AM. Presented by practitioner-experts, the intensive sessions will highlight primary issues to consider before keeping livestock in the city; for example, quality housing and care, sources of food and supplies, manure management, other people's perceptions and fears, and biological lifecycles. Presenters include Jen Murtoff, Abe Lentner, Corey Gilson, Tristan Beache, Michael Thompson, Greg Lane, Deborah Niemann, and Carolyn Ioder.

From 12:30-1PM, all can mingle and browse information tables, and tour CHAS's livestock barn and aquaponics room.

The goals of the Expo are to foster the health and well being of people and animals, to integrate livestock into ecological urban lifestyles, and to increase local food security, starting in our backyards.

Well-maintained and designed, integrated systems use and recycle resources better and produce food. Many people are creatively weaving together food gardens, livestock, composting, and water cycling in small and well-coordinated backyard systems for the good of health and the environment.

Martha Boyd, Angelic Organic Learning Center’s Program Director in Chicago, notes that there is a growing movement of people interested in urban livestock keeping. She moderates the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group with nearly 500 members, many of whom have chickens (and ducks, quail, and turkeys!) in the city and suburbs.

The Learning Center offers Basic Backyard Chicken Care workshops in March and November. Since 2007, when they helped to prevent a ban on backyard chickens in Chicago, approximately 300 people have taken the workshop. Boyd states, “We believe if we promote urban livestock, we must also teach and organize to ensure high standards and healthy animals.”

She explains, “As soon as you acquire livestock, you become an ambassador, the face of urban livestock for the people that encounter you. They will use you as their reference point, good or bad. 'Winging it' isn’t fair to the livestock we keep, to our neighbors, or to the staff responsible for city services. Organized groups with expertise can serve as sources of information, guidance, and good examples of best practices."

Angelic Organics Learning Center helps rural and urban people build healthy local food systems, as educational nonprofit partner to Angelic Organics, a Biodynamic CSA farm. The Advocates for Urban Agriculture is a coalition of practitioners working together to increase and advance urban agriculture in Chicagoland. The Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts are a growing network sharing advice, information, and resources about backyard poultry keeping.


posted Aug 16, 2011, 10:01 AM by Martha Boyd   [ updated Sep 6, 2014, 12:42 PM ]

Windy City Coop Tour 2014
September 20-21, 10AM to 2PM each day


posted Oct 23, 2010, 11:28 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 6, 2014, 12:40 PM by Martha Boyd ]

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