2014 Good Food Festival & Conference Request for Proposals for the Good Food Commons
Good Food Festival & Conference
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
UIC Forum – Chicago, IL

FamilyFarmed.org in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Edible Alchemy, and Faith’s Farm, are seeking speakers for micro-workshops that will be presented on the Good Food Commons from 10:00 am–3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the 10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference.

Programming for the Good Food Commons provides festival-goers an opportunity to cultivate their curiosity with short, fun, informal, educational sessions. The sessions are thematically organized in six Resource Centers that span important topics within the Good Food movement such as growing and preserving food, raising animals, culinary skills, and building and strengthening the Good Food movement in our communities. Presenters are encouraged to focus on skills-based topics that can be delivered in a concise 20-minute format to a small group of people. Engagement with the audience is a must, and creating space for questions and direct interaction is highly encouraged. Commons sessions take place in Resource Centers stationed in the hallways at UIC Forum. Seating is available for 6-12 people with standing room available for 12+ additional attendees. Please note that due to physical limitations at the venue, PowerPoint or similar presentations requiring projection to a wall or screen are not possible.

To submit a session proposal please complete the application form using the the link below no later than January 15, 2014. The Good Food Festival Advisory Committee will review submissions and select proposals. Presenters accepted to participate in the Commons program will be notified no later than January 31, 2015.

Questions? Please contact FamilyFarmed.org’s program director, Kim Bartko, by phone at 773-275-9432 or e-mail kimb@familyfarmed.org.

Commons Resource Centers & Partners:
Preserve It (coordinated by AUA) includes jamming, jarring, pickling, pressure canning, fermentation, or other food preservation techniques.
Compost It (coordinated by AUA in conjunction with Chicago Botanic Garden) includes vermiculture, compost teas, troubleshooting, best practices, or anything else composting related.
Grow Your Own (coordinated by AUA in conjunction with Chicago Botanic Garden) includes urban growing, container gardening, season extension, soil quality, harvesting & handling, and other DIY gardening skills.
Make Your Own (Edible Alchemy) includes kitchen skills, keeping cultures (kombucha and sourdough), culinary curiosities, special diets, and other creative cooking topics.
Raise Your Own (Faith’s Farm) includes livestock, raising urban animals, bees, chickens, goats, or anything else of interest to backyard livestock enthusiasts.
Community Building (partner TBD) includes community gardens, food coops, food swaps, grassroots community organizing, and other Good Food community building skills.

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

For more detailed descriptions of the Commons and Resource Centers, please go here:http://goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/saturday-festival/good-food-commons/

For a complete schedule of the 2013 Commons program, please go here: http://goodfoodfestivals.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Chi2013-EventDir-mar10-7am-dragged.pdf

Applications are due no later than January 15, 2014. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by January 31, 2014. If your proposal is accepted please note that you may be asked to collaborate with other groups or individuals that submitted similar proposals. We appreciate your willingness to work cooperatively!

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