Several community gardens and vendors sell items like pots, worms, trees, vegetable and annual seedlings like tomato plants and many herbs, fertilizers and sometimes even worms for vermicomposting. This is really the first Chicago area plant sale for those wanting to start an edible garden in Chicago. Full details after the jump.
Green and Growing Urban Gardening Fair 2011
The 19th Annual Green & Growing Urban Gardening Fair is this Saturday, April 30th 2011 at the Garfield Park Conservatory from 10am-2pm. Throughout the conservatory there will be vendors, gardening demonstrations, workshops, plant vendors, food live music and gardening activities for kids and adults.
"Gather resources for starting community gardens at GreenNet "Stop & Grow" Member Stations. Each station will highlight a different member organization of GreenNet, detailing what green resources they provide. Organizations include Growing Home, Openlands, Greencorps Chicago, Dept of Environment's Sustainable Backyard Program, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Friends of the Parks, NeighborSpace, Chicago Park District's Community Gardening Program, Windy City Harvest, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance Beekeepers, UIC Extension Master Composters, and GreenNet.
Purchase heirloom seeds, unique seedlings, and other inspirational garden materials to jumpstart the growing season.
Participate in family take home planting activities, such as planting a pizza garden.
Attend mini workshops, hosted by the Chicago Department of Transportation (Registration begins at 9:15am on the day of the event. Limited space available.)
10:15am-11am - Landscape Maintenance - Find out more information and have a chance to question experts on basic plant care, recommended low maintenance/native plants and weed identification. Presenters will include Kevin Carrol from CDOT and Grace Koeher from Pizzo Associates.
11:15am-11:30am - Intro to GreenNet - Find out more about the organization responsible for the Green and Growing Fair and how you can become involved.
11:45am-12:30pm - Sustaining Community Spaces - Community gardens and landscape improvements in the public way have to start somewhere. Find out how community members have gotten involved to improve their neighborhoods. Presenters will include Siobhan Gregory of the Sangamon Paseo Community Garden and Janet Attarian from CDOT.
12:45pm-1pm - Intro to GreenNet - Find out more about the organization responsible for the Green and Growing Fair and how you can become involved. (Repeat)
1:15pm-2pm - Sustainability/Live Green - From composting to rain harvesting, there are many ways to utilize sustainable practices in the garden. Find out more about methods to collect stormwater, compost through vermiculture and other green methods. Presenters will include staff from the Chicago Department of Environment
Visit outdoor demonstration stations on the Bluestone Terrace from 10 am to 2 pm:
How to Hold a Chicken and More, with Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, providing information on chicken anatomy and assessing the health of a chicken.
Rot Pot Seed Starting, facilitated by GPCA Volunteers Plant One Seed Chicago Candidates in a newspaper rot pot, then make a recycled garden marker for your future garden.
Tool Sharpening, with Chicago Botanic Garden Green Youth Farm Watch and learn how to sharpen your own tools. Bring your own tools, and get them sharpened for a small fee.
The winner of One Seed Chicago's Seed of the Year will be announced at Noon. 2011's candidates are radish, eggplant, and chard. Free packets of the winning seed will be distributed at the Green and Growing Fair. Complete the season by submitting what you've grown to the annual Harvest Showcase at Garfield Park Conservatory's County Fair on September 17th."