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November 11, 2008 11:47 AM Subscribe
How do I break into the sustainable agriculture scene in Chicago?
posted by chickadee to work & money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, I graduated from university in May, and have now wound up in Chicago, job-hunting in a recession. goooo planning!
Originally, I had planned to head into academia after taking a year or so off, but over the summer and the last few months, I’ve done a lot of thinking and realized I would like to do something more tangibly rewarding and something that I can see direct, positive results in the community around me. Also, I am in no way, shape or form ready to commit to a grad school program.
Local, sustainable food production and distribution is a passion of mine - I grew up on a small farm in coastal Maine gardening, cooking and helping round friends' bakeries and food co-ops. In university, I was involved in the campus food co-op, the city's Meals-on-Wheels organization and a small food collective committed to providing cheap vegan meals to students. I believe that inexpensive eating does not have to be mutually exclusive of local, sustainable or even necessarily organic and that encouraging both consumers and producers to focus on this issue is a real way to improve quality of life.
Ideally, i would love a job working in some way with sustainable food issues, be it production, distribution, coordination. I realize this is a vague job description, but ultimately, I would like to promote and expand access to local, sustainably grown foods.
Here is my question to you: how can I best go about achieving a job like this in Chicago?
I am aware of Chicago’s urban gardening programs – i.e. City Farm, Angelic Organics, etc., - and have been stalking NPO.net, Idealist and Craigslist. Should I be emailing or walking into every small organic grocery in Chicago? Any specific tips to gain an food-related, non-office job are much appreciated!