Category: Community Gardens

Starting a Garden: Where to buy Garden Soil in Chicago

Starting a Garden: Where to buy Garden Soil in Chicago
Fall is a good time to start a new garden because you can get the soil prepared and ready for spring planting. When starting a garden you might want to consider buying garden soil, especially for raised beds. Deciding where to buy garden soil in Chicago can be difficult if you don’t know what to look... Read more »

Nominate a "Community Gardener of the Year" for 2010.

GreenNet’s Annual “Community Gardener of the Year” Award Ceremony and Potluck Networking Dinner is an opportunity to recognize those Chicagoans who have worked tirelessly on behalf of a community garden. Community/school gardens along with garden clubs can nominate a member who they feel deserves to be named GreenNet’s “Community Gardener of the Year” for 2010.... Read more »

"Please do not steal the Vegetables!!"

"Please do not steal the Vegetables!!"
  This summer Chicagoans have been treating community gardens like personal food banks.  After spending their summer carefully cultivating fruits, herbs and vegetables, some community gardeners are being beaten to the harvest by vegetable thieves. While not as expensive as rubies, diamonds and emeralds, these tomatoes, cucumbers and melons are just as tempting and pricey. Heirloom plants and seeds... Read more »
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Peterson Garden Re-dedication This Saturday

Peterson Garden Re-dedication This Saturday
Since the City’s fireworks show will be held on July 4th, that frees up your July 3rd to attend the Peterson Garden Re-dedication tomorrow. The Peterson Garden has sprung up, virtually overnight, at the site of one of the original Victory Gardens during WW2. Stop by between 4-8PM for a costume parade (both kids &... Read more »

City Is A Community Garden Exhibit

City Is A Community Garden Exhibit
City Is A Community Garden Exhibit, is an exhibit that examins Chicago’s community gardens, urban gardens, vertical farms, living walls and urban chicken keepers. The exhibit uses photos architectural drawings and installations to highlight garden and sustainable projects in Chicago. These pictures were taken before the exhibit was completed so it may look different when... Read more »

Veggie Bingo: It's Not Your Grandma's Bingo!

Veggie Bingo: It's Not Your Grandma's Bingo!
If your idea of fun doesn’t include weekly bingo games because you think it is a game played by grandmas in a church basement–you should try Veggie Bingo. Backyard gardeners, foodies, community gardeners, urban farmers and those who just like to play Bingo gather on Wednesday nights at The Hideout for Veggie Bingo.Once a week... Read more »
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Sustainable Mother's Day gifts for Chicago Gardeners

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... Read more »

Give a Community Garden this Valentine's Day

Looking for an alternative to a bouquet of roses this Valentine’s Day? Why not give a community garden through a Openlands contribution of $50.00. Your contribution will be used to create new and support existing community garden in underserved urban areas. Besides the feeling of doing something good, your sweetie gets a certificate, monthly e-mails... Read more »