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Amber Zook, Dill Pickle's produce lead, recently visited Arturo Velasquez Institute on the city's near-west side to speak with students enrolled in Windy City Harvest's sustainable urban agriculture apprenticeship program about working with local farmers and marketing produce to regional buyers. The Dill Pickle prioritizes local produce works with WCH to source seasonally from their small farms across the city.
The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program is offered in collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago, annually enrolling 20 students in a nine-month classroom and hands-on certificate course in sustainable urban agriculture. The accreditation attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment, and includes a 14-week paid internship at Windy City Harvest farms or partnering urban-farming operations. The Dill Pickle is proud to support this program!
Wednesday 10/22, 7-10pm at Jak's Tap. Check out the event page!
In celebration of Co-op Month, The Pickle has teamed up with six emerging Chicagoland food cooperatives to present an evening of movement-building -- Join us for a screening of Food For Change, engage in a panel discussion, and enjoy drinks, popcorn, and good company.
Presented by Chicagland food cooperatives:
- Sugar Beet Co-op, Oak Park
- Chicago Market
- Shared Harvest-Elgin Food Cooperative
- Prairie Food Co-op, Lombar
- Rogers Park Food Co-op
- Edible Alchemy, Pilsen
About the film:
Food For Change, a feature-length documentary, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. Filmmaker Steve Alves tracks the movement’s quest for whole and organic foods and the dream of sustainable food systems, describing his work as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.”
IT'S A BIG DILL!
Cooperators, our movement is growing. In just over a month, 89 of our neighbors have responded to the call for community ownership by joining the co-op-- more than six times the number we'd typically see in that timeframe, bringing us to over 1425+ active owner accounts! This additional equity, new energy, and growing support will bolster our efforts to build a more just and sustainable food system, driven by an expanded store.
Night owls & early birds, take note! Our regular store hours will resume on October 1st: 9am-9pm daily through the fall and winter months.
PICKLE PEOPLE, join us on Tuesday 9/23, 6:30-9pm for our Annual Owner's Meeting! Grab your groceries early -- the store will close at 6pm to allow our staff to attend.
Come celebrate five years of cooperation, get up to speed with reports from our GM and Board Prez, cast your 2014 ballot, and participate in an ownership feedback session. Begyle Brewing will hook us up with a keg, Cole's Bar has wine covered, and there'll be noshes from some of our favorite folks: The Great American Cheese Collection, Bot Bakery, Seedling Fruit, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Upton's Naturals, and Vallarta Hummus. Woohooo!