The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group is sponsoring two field trips this year. Sign up is at AAG website: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/fieldtrips
Field Trip #1: Planting the City: Urban Agriculture, Aquaponics, and Community Gardens on Chicago’s South Side
Time: Tuesday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Organizer: Daniel Block (Chicago State University)
Trip Capacity: 14
Cost/person: $46 (includes transportation, lunch, and admission)
The tour includes the following visits
- Growing Power’s Iron Street Farm
- The Plant (an indoor food incubator in an old Stockyards area warehouse)
- Lunch at Growing Power
- Bronzeville neighborhood community farm
- Chicago State University’s Aquaponics Center
Chicago has seen a flowering of urban agriculture and community gardens in the past fifteen years, ranging from small community gardens associated with particular community groups to indoor aquaponics sites, to larger organizational urban agriculture sites. This tour will visit The Plant, an indoor sustainable food incubator in an old Stockyards area warehouse, world renowned food justice organization Growing Power’s Chicago Iron Street farm, a community garden at Centers for New Horizons, a Bronzeville social service organization, and the the Chicago State University aquaponics center. Lunch will be served at Growing Power and is included in the price.
Field Trip #2: Agricultural Landscapes of Illinois
Time: Saturday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Organizers: Courtney Gallaher and James Wilson (Northern Illinois University)
Trip Capacity: 12
Cost/person: $46 (includes transportation. Note to attendees: Please bring $15-20 cash for lunch)
Agriculture is at the center of Illinois’ economy and is innately tied to the physical, cultural and political geography of this region. In this day long field trip, we explore a range of agricultural production operations in northern part of the state to learn more about the diversity and complexity of Illinois’ agricultural landscapes. The tour will include a visit to a state of the art robotic dairy operation, a large-scale commercial cattle and grain operation and a tour of Angelic Organics, one of the largest organic community supported agriculture (CSA) operations in the country.