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Posted by Lydia Krupinski

If you’re anything like me you’re itching for rays of sun, sprouting plants, and the premise of warmer weather. As I sit in my cozy Northside apartment I can’t help but forage through websites and magazines that celebrate the just-around-the-bend glow of the vernal equinox. As can be told by my latest posts, I am developing quite a fondness for all things spring, urban and food-related. So when Jessa Brinkmeyer of Pivot sent me a link to the upcoming Family Farmed Food Expo I gasped with delight.

Filled with celebrity chefs, locavores, authors, activists, farmers, and other conscious consumers, the Expo will be showcasing the very best of our areas agriculture. Attend workshops discussing everything from growing container gardens to raising chickens while visiting with other Chicagoland foodies and businesses.

What: Family Farmed Food Expo Local Food Festival

When: Saturday, March 13th, 2010 10am-6pm

Where: UIC Forum University of Chicago

Cost: $15 Prepaid $20 At Door

To learn more about the Expo and see a list of speakers visit their website here.

by Lydia Krupinski

I have finally gotten around to reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” I’m just about half-way through and already have been deeply moved by this piece. I’ve been through all of Michael Pollan’s books and read “Fast Food Nation” when it first hit the shelves, but there’s something unique about “Animal…,” something beyond description. As I pour through the pages I am left feeling inspired and empowered…knowing that I too can support local agriculture and grow my own food.

On this note I can’t tell you how eager I am to finish the book and even more eager to start my 2010 urban garden.  In anticipation of the coming Spring I have started a list of last year’s successful crops, new planting endeavors, and a wishlist for our urban farming future. In 2009 David and I successfully grew basil, green onions, chives, mint, chamomile, lettuce, and parsley. This year we’re setting our sights on spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, sweet potatoes, beans, and broccoli. A mighty list indeed. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t make any plans for this Thursday night! Mindful Metropolis is hosting a screening of “Fresh,” a documentary that looks into the failure of our industrial agricultural system, and what people are doing to change it.

What: Screening of “Fresh”

When: Thursday September 24th, 2009 at 6pm

Where: 1925 W Thome, Chicago, IL

To purchase tickets visit Mindful Metropolis here. You can also learn more about the film and its makers on their website.

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