Archive for May 2009

The Future Of Food

The documentary, The Future Of Food, from 2007 is available on The description for this documentary reads: “The Future Of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.” Like politics and religion, the subject... Read more »

Chicago's Downtown Farmstand

Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand opened in October of 2008 offering residents and visitors to the area and opportunity to eat locally grown food and edibles produced here, year-round. By April of 2009 after hearing about it on Twitter I went looking for the place but never wrote down the exact address. I knew it was on... Read more »

Manure Share Illinois

Manure Share is a program that connects gardeners and landscapers to farmers who have an abundance of manure. Livestock owners benefit by removing excess manure from farms and gardeners and landscapers benefit from free manure that can be applied to gardens.  Shares of the manure are available either fresh or composted. Composted manure can be... Read more »


Dandelion is the common name for Taraxacum officinale, a genus of flowering plants native to Europe, North America and Asia. The English dandelion is a corruption of the French dante de lion which translates to “lion’s tooth,” a refference to the deeply serrated leaves of the plant. The flower head (floret) of the dandelion is actually several... Read more »

Become a Citizen Scientist

Gardening is a mixture of art, a lot of luck and surprisingly, a lot of science. The more you become involved in beautifying your urban surroundings or growing your own food you may discover that you have an inner science geek looking for an outlet.  Gardeners in Chicago that discover the inner science geek later... Read more »

Grow a Pizza Garden

Pizza, like money, doesn’t grow on trees–but you can grow a pizza garden and grow some of your own pizza ingredients for some delicious homemade pizzas. A pizza garden is also a great way for you to involve kids in the garden and they benefit from learning about cooking and seeing that pizzas don’t magically... Read more »