Archive for June 2009

Chicago Garden Clubs

While garden blogs and gardening forums are a great gathering places on the internet you can’t beat talking with fellow gardeners in person. In a world where we blog, Twitter & Facebook our gardening woes and triumphs some people still do it the old fashioned way. Here are a few garden clubs in the Chicagoland... Read more »

Hull-House Heirloom Urban Farm on UIC campus

Steps away from the Hull-House Museum and the Hull-House Soup Kitchen, where Re-Thinking Soup is held every Tuesday, an urban farm dedicated to growing heirloom crops for the soup kitchen grows. The day I visited the farm I was walking to the location with Michael Thompson, of the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and if not for... Read more »

Urban Agriculture Projects in Chicago

The video, Urban Agriculture Projects in the Chicago Area, was released as part of the World Environment Day symposium, Urban Agriculture: Feeding the Movement, held by the Chicago Botanic Garden. It starts with a brief introduction to the history of agriculture in Chicago and continues to the present day and shows several projects in the... Read more »

Chicago Gardener Events July '09

A sampling of gardening related events going on around Chicago for July. July 11 & 12th: Annual GardenWalk. An Urban Exploration of Greenery. July 11 -12 11 am to 5pm. $5 donation for the GuideBook/Map at Club Lucky 1824 W Wabansia or on the free trolley. 75 – 100 gardens will be open! Plus we... Read more »

Enter Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards

The application for Mayor Daley’s 2009 Landscape Awards program is now available online. Mayor Daley’s Landscape Awards is an annual program that recognizes Chicago gardeners that make Chicago greener by planting gardens. Who can enter? Residents and businesses in Chicago. What kind of gardens are eligible? Commercial LandscapesCommunity LandscapesContainer GardensLiving Green Roofs and WallsMulti-unit Residential... Read more »

Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the Hull-House Museum is providing just that at the historic Residents’ Dining Hall next door. The dining hall was once the meeting place for social reformers like: Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B Duboise and Gertrude Stein. Building on the legacy of Jane... Read more »

An Uncommon Rooftop Farm in Chicago

To see Chicago’s first certified organic rooftop farm you’ll have to look up. This urban farm is situated on the roof of Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave. The farm’s director, Natalie Pfister, attended a Slow Food Benefit Dinner last August, right after the rooftop farm was put in place by Helen Cameron Michael Cameron,... Read more »

Rooftop Beekeeping in Chicago: The Confluence of Culture and Nature

I was fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in on this lecture with Michael Thompson, of the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and Dr. Alan Molumby, of UIC. The lecture was presented by The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden & the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center. Part of it was suppose... Read more »

Green Box: Container Garden Idea 2

While visiting the Farmers Market at Uncommon Ground on Devon I came across the Green Box by City Farm. City Farm’s Green Box is a portable garden that allows you to grow some of your own produce in small spaces. It is a perfect container garden for apartment dwellers who may only have a porch,... Read more »

Chicago Gardener Events June '09

June 5th: The last of the heirloom tomato plant sales for Chicago Tomato Fest 2009 is being held at Uncommon Ground on Devon. 4-8 PM. June 6th: The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents; Rooftop Beekeeping in Chicago: The Confluence of Culture and Nature. Michael Thompson, farm manager for Chicago Honey Co-op with Dr.... Read more »