Tag: Urban Farming

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 »

Gary Comer Youth Center Hiring Garden Manager

The Make Miracles Grow Foundation & Gary Comer Youth Center are hiring a full-time Garden Manager who will oversee daily operation of the organization’s youth garden and support a full range of agricultural programing offered by the Gary Comer Youth Center. The ket garden sites include: The primary garden site, a 1.75-acre organic site with... Read more »

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 »
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Second Season Sowing Class At Pleasant Farms

Second Season Sowing Class At Pleasant Farms
Pleasant Farms, the urban-restaurant farm component of Pleasant House Bakery, is holding a second season gardening class where you’ll learn what you can plant now for a fall harvest.  The class will be held at the Pleasant House Bakery,964 West 31st Street in Bridgeport, on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  Yes, you can start a vegetable... Read more »

Helping the Garden Cope With the Heat

I’ve been hoping that if I overlook blogging about the heat that it would go away and we’d get some relief in the form of rain and cooler temperatures in Chicago. Unfortunately,  ignoring the heatwave just seems to make it worse.  I’ve found myself giving the container garden one good drink of water a day,... Read more »

Summer Solstice Potluck Supper at Chicago Honey Coop This Friday

Summer Solstice Potluck Supper at Chicago Honey Coop This Friday
The annual ‘Sweet’ Summer Solstice Potluck Supper at the Chicago Honey Co-op is this Friday evening from 6-9pm. If you’ve never been to the Chicago Honey Co-op this is a good oppertunity to tour Chicago’s largest bee farm in a casual and fun setting. This may be the last year the Sweet Summer Soltice Potluck... Read more »
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Green and Growing Urban Gardening Fair 2011

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. Several community gardens and vendors sell items like pots, worms, trees,... Read more »

Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers

Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers
These three books were recently sent to me by publishers to review. Instead of reviewing them individually, I’ll group them together in this post as they would be beneficial to urban gardeners interested in hobby farming, urban farming and growing their own in a kitchen garden. Michael and Audrey Levatino are not farmers by profession, they... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds
After fellow garden blogger My Skinny Garden published her post recommending hybrid tomatoes to beginner gardeners, it got me thinking.  How else can the gardening experience be simplified to ensure success that leads to gardening becoming a lifelong love affair instead of a tryst that ends bitterly after a few months?  If this will be your... Read more »
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Urban Farming Classes in Chicago's Little Village Neighborhood

Urban Farming Classes in Chicago's Little Village Neighborhood
The Chicago Botanic Garden is conducting a number of classes that are perfect for gardeners who want to learn to about urban farming and growing food in Chicago. The best part is that they’re being held in the Little Village neighborhood, perfectly situated for residents of the south and southwest side where these kinds of... Read more »