One Seed Chicago, the urban gardening project by NeighborSpace, is back for 2011 and is taking gardeners from seed to table. To facilitate the creation of urban gardens and backyard farms, One Seed Chicago is putting up three vegetables seeds for a vote and letting Chicagoans vote for their favorite. The three seed candidates this year are radish, eggplant and Swiss chard. The seed with the most votes at the of the cycle will be mailed for free to everyone who voted.
"For the fourth year One Seed Chicago is uniting Chicago gardeners," said Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace Executive Director. "By planting a common seed, backyards, windowsills, community gardens and balconies across the City will be linked together in a season-long celebration of urban gardening and local eating."
This year One Seed Chicago is joining forces with Chicago chefs, foodies and garden bloggers who want to help carry the message that it's important to grow some of your own food and regularly sharing meals with others.
"Growing your own food in the city is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Sharing the 'fruits of your labor' with friends, family or even a stranger and seeing their happiness is one of the greatest rewards of gardening," says Chef Art Jackson. "There's no limit to how much we can grow and how much we can share, literally and figuratively. It all starts with one tiny seed."
Throughout the growing season One Seed Chicago will be posting gardening ideas along with recipes for each of the candidates provided by local chefs, and encouraging voters to share their own original recipes with their fellow One Seed Chicago voters.
Voting for One Seed Chicago 2011 ends on April 1, 2011 and every Chicagoans that votes between now and then is entered into a random drawing for battery powered trimmer provided by Troy-Bilt. To participate visit www.OneSeedChicago.com to cast your vote for your favorite seed and One Seed Chicago will mail you your free seeds in the spring.