While visiting the Farmers Market at Uncommon Ground on Devon I came across the Green Box by City Farm. City Farm's Green Box is a portable garden that allows you to grow some of your own produce in small spaces. It is a perfect container garden for apartment dwellers who may only have a porch, balcony or other limited spaces, you can even keep it on a roof. This portable container garden is made from recycled and repurposed materials from the Chicago area.
The Green Box costs $75.00 but $50.00 of that is tax deductible and all proceeds go directly to The Resource Center, a 40-year-old organization committed to constructive use of urban space and resources. Here is what you get included in your Green Box kit:
- Green Box made from recycled and repurposed materials from the Chicago area.
- City Farm compost
- City Farm mixed salad greens seeds.
The salad greens seeds are just to get you started with the Green Box you can grow a variety of vegetables and herbs including: lettuces, spinach, chard, kale, mustard greeens, cress, arugula, parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme, sorrel, mache, bok choy. If growing some of your own food doesn't appeal to you you could use to grow different kinds of annuals that are purely decorative, or maybe even a collection of succulents that are so popular in planted roofs around here.
City Farm, a division of The Resource Center, helps educate Chicagoans on how to go from garden to table. They opperate a sustainable farm on once vacant land that borders the Cabrini-Green and the Gold Coast neighborhoods.