Veggie Bingo

Veggie Bingo, Wednesday evenings until September 9th you can play bingo to benefit Chicago’s community gardens at the Hideout located at 1354 W. Wabansia from 6-8 PM. Prizes include jars of locally produced honey, bottles of hot sauce and the grand prize of a box of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Cards are $1.00 a piece, or six for $5.00 and can be purchased from the bartender. All proceeds benefit NeighborSpace, Chicago’s nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving community gardens in Chicago.

During the dedication ceremony of the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon one of the rooftop farm interns asked about the possibility of residents buying empty parcels for urban agriculture and community gardens.

Mayor Daley’s response:

Video by My Skinny Garden.


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  • We have 3,300 acres of vacant land in Cleveland, there is a big push on by local community groups for urban farms, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood is in the process of planting an orchard on vacant railroad land right now. Many community gardeners are now selling their excess produce for profit.

  • In reply to OhioMom:

    I really like the program Detroit had this year where they let people garden on foreclosed homes and wish Chicago had copied that idea.

  • In reply to OhioMom:

    Supposedly the city of Chicago is encouraging residents to farm vacant lots. Here's the only info I've ever seen about it and I'm pretty clued in.

  • In reply to Sydney:

    They've been doing that for a while, no? When I first got into "outdoor" gardening I'd heard about being able to being able to buy city owned land for community gardens. What was posted on that blog doesn't seem like very new info or maybe it does.

    Perhaps, I just imagined it but I couldn't sworn I'd heard about this way back in the late '90s.

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