With Mother's Day just around the corner you may be in search of a perfect local, socially conscious or sustainable gift for the Chicago gardening mom in your life.
Here are my recommendations for three such gifts.
The Chicago Honey Co-op is Chicago's urban bee farm that provides jobs and job training in urban agriculture to the under-employed in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. I recommend their Body Care Gift Package or their Honey and Body Care Gift Tin*. You can purchase them here and they'll even personalize a card for you. Another neat idea would be to purchase a Chicago Honey Co-op CSA membership that mom can spend like cash with the honey co-op through the summer and fall.
Forget the flowers this year and give mom a whole garden through OpenLands. A $50 contribution to Openlands will help create new community gardens and support existing community gardens in our neighborhoods that need them the most.
But what if your mom likes bouquets of flowers? Buy them from Urban Meadows, Chicago's nonprofit florist. They assist people with mental illness in their recovery journey. They're located at 120 S. LaSalle Street (Lobby) in Chicago. Ph: 773-537-3600.