Have you wanted to help community gardens in Chicago, but know what you can do? Maybe you'd like to volunteer, but can't find enough hours in your busy schedule. Well there's good news, several community gardens in Chicago are currently involved in contests where your votes could help them win much needed money.
The 'Chicago Green Giveaway' is currently underway at Whole Foods Markets across the city. Five local, green, nonprofit organizations are competing for up to $25,000! The Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago Environmental Fund, Growing Home, NeighborSpace and Seven Generations Ahead are all in the running...
Simply visit a Whole Foods Market and cast a vote at the customer service desk (no purchase necessary) before March 23, 2011. Each of these organizations is doing good work across Chicago, but a vote for NeighborSpace in the 'Chicago Green Giveaway' is a vote for 76 community gardens that are provided green and open spaces for residents of Chicago. NeighborSpace is Chicago's land trust for community gardens and the organization behind the One Seed Chicago project and is in the process of acquiring 17 more gardens.
UPDATE: 3/24 The winners of the "Chicago Green Giveaway" will be announced on 3/24 at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods in the bar area at 6pm. There's a cash bar and snacks will be provided. If you're interested in meeting some of the movers and shakers in community gardening and urban agriculture in Chicago you should stop by.
DeLoach Vineyards will award a total of $20,000 to five gardens that are working to improve their local community. In the running are the Peterson Garden and Three Brothers Garden, both community gardens in Chicago. You can vote once daily until August 1st, 2011 at this link.
A group of residents of the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago,IL., have joined together to create the Merchant Park Community Garden. Their KickStarter project has raised their goal, but you can still contribute $10.