Posts in category "Urban Farming"

Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground

Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground
On April 29th, 2013, I’ll be part of the urban gardening panel at the Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground. Here’s a description of the event from the GOOD Chicago Local chapter’s event : Come out to GOOD Chicago’s inaugural event as we celebrate the joy of neighboring by stepping into... Read more »

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime for Urban Gardening?

If you’re in the holiday spirit of giving, why not consider donating a few dollars to some organizations in Chicago who make urban and community gardening possible, transform communities, and feed the less fortunate? In no particular order: NeighborSpace: Chicago’s land-trust for community gardening. Let’s Go Chicago: Leading the energy transition, sprouting green opportunities in... Read more »

Help 'preSERVE' Two Community Gardens This Weekend.

Help 'preSERVE' Two Community Gardens This Weekend.
Two community gardens in Chicago are in need of help this weekend. The preSERVE community garden in North Lawndale is having a workday and is in need of volunteers. Not that far from the preSERVE garden is a garden that is raising funds with a picnic and private tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory to... Read more »
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Food Grade Buckets in Chicago For Growing Potatoes.

A reader to the mrbrownthumb garden blog Emailed me today to give me a tip on sourcing food grade buckets in Chicago for growing potatoes. I grow potatoes in buckets and trashcans, but never bothered to do so in food grade plastics. The tipster, Bonnie, notes: “Growing potatoes in buckets: Since you live in the Chicago... Read more »

AECOM's Pier+ Proposal Gets my "Thumbs Up"

Crystal Garden. This part of the pier has seen better days so I'm glad AECOM has an idea to transform it. The new Crystal Garden would be a sustainable food production attraction, an urban food jungle-if you will. A floating "seed-like juice bar" will serve visitors products from food grown on site. The Crystal Garden will also be used to supply the restaurants at Pier+ with produce, serve as location for entertainment and education in sustainable food production. Image courtesy of AECOM+BIG
Recently a select number of design firms were selected to submit proposals for a renovation and re-imaging of Chicago’s Navy Pier. While all of them have merit, the proposal by AECOM+BIG  really caught my eye and I think is the best of the group. It gets my “thumbs up.” One my issues with Navy Pier, aside from the... Read more »

Help a Bee Farm Move

Help a Bee Farm Move
  It’s almost moving season in Chicago and along with many residents (and transplants) the bees at the Chicago Honey Co-op will have to find a new home. Unlike your friends though, the bees at the Chicago Honey Co-op will not be asking you to give up your weekend to help them move in exchange... Read more »
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Corny Chicago Gardening

Corny Chicago Gardening
I’ve grown corn in the garden before, not to eat it but or the decoration. Since corn is so subsidized in America it doesn’t seem prudent to grow it for sustenance in a small urban garden when you can buy it for 10 cents an ear at the grocery store or the fruit and vegetable... Read more »

MLK Food Justice Weekend

MLK Food Justice Weekend
Local Solutions to Food Justice in Chicago is the Theme of MLK Jr. Weekend Activities KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation will honor the life and work of Martin Luther King with a weekend long education and advocacy program focused on food justice and sustainability January 14th-16th, 2011. The KAMII Social Justice Committee presents a weekend of... Read more »

Christmas Gifts for Current and Former Chicago Gardeners

Christmas Gifts for Current and Former Chicago Gardeners
Co-op Hot Sauce With Christmas around the corner you’ll soon be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the gardener on your list. This holiday season consider giving a gift that not only your gardening friend or family member will enjoy, but one that will make a difference in the lives of your fellow Chicagoans... Read more »
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Growing Home Inc. Coldframe Workshop This Saturday

The vegetable growing season in Chicago doesn’t have to end just because winter arrives. Growing your own food in Chicago can be more than just growing tomatoes.Your vegetable garden’s harvest can be extended by using hoophouses, cold frame, hot beds and row covers. Growing Home Inc., is holding a workshop this Saturday where these methods... Read more »
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