Tag: Urban Agriculture

Pilsen Paseo de Jardines, Chicago TomatoFest

Want to be part of garden history in Chicago? Several organizations in Pilsen are hosting the 1st Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour. On September 18th, 2010 from 11am-4pm. Over 20 gardens are participating, gardens include; community gardens, edible rooftop gardens, butterfly gardens, backyard gardens, porch gardens and community gardens. There will be educational presentation and demonstrations along... 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 »

The North Lawndale Greening Committee Annual Garden Tour

The North Lawndale Greening Committee Annual Garden Tour
The North Lawndale Greening Committee Annual Garden Tour is on August 7, 2010. The tour starts at 10:00 AM at the Douglass Park Library and winds through Chicago’s west side featuring private home gardens, community gardens, urban greening projects and a bee farm.   Don’t miss your opportunity to see some of the great things... Read more »
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Roma Tomatoes Disproportionately Affected by Blossom- End Rot

The most common question I’m fielding on the internet has to do with blossom-end rot of tomatoes (BER for short). Diagnosing this tomato problem for gardeners is easy enough, but after diagnosing it for people they want to know why it is seems to only be affecting their Roma tomato plants.  After searching the internet and not... Read more »

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 »

Triscuit's Home Farming Movement

Triscuit's Home Farming Movement
Triscuit’s Home Farming Movement is encouraging Americans to get involved in edible gardening by providing a free seed card in specially marked boxes of Triscuit crackers. The Original Triscuit package contains a basil seed card and the Reduced Fat Triscuit box comes with a dill seeds. Earlier this spring I blogged on the MrBrownThumb blog... Read more »
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Spring Plant Sale at Rogers Park Garden Group

The Rogers Park Garden Group Spring Plant Sale will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Among the plants being offered will be organic vegetables like tomatoes and various herbs. Ornamental plants for sunny and shady gardens include clematis vines, climbing hydrangeas, Asiatic lilies, peonies, sunflowers and many more annuals. Prices for plants range from $2.00 to $10.00 with... Read more »

"Mobile Food Collective" Rolls into Chicago to Support Urban Farming

Mobile Unit. Pic courtesy of the MFC team. Click to enlage. How do you motivate and make it easier for Chicagoans to grow their own food? That’s the problem students at Archeworks, the one-year design program in Chicago that focuses on social and environmental urban design, were tasked with finding a solution to. They were... Read more »

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 »
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Seedling and Plant Sales in Chicago: April/May 2010

These seedling and plant sales are hosted by community gardens, garden clubs or organizations around Chicago and are a way to raise funds to operate various programs. Instead of purchasing all of your plants from Chicago garden centers or big box stores, consider spreading some of your dollars locally with groups that make a difference... Read more »