Where to Learn About Urban Agriculture in Chicago

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Over the weekend I noticed that someone asked Rick Bayless on Twitter about volunteer opportunities in Chicago for people who were interested in urban agriculture in Chicago for people who live in apartments. Rick Bayless suggested City Farm & Growing Home which are two good ones.

Here are a few more:

NeighborSpace, Has an extensive list on their website of community gardens they work with where you could volunteer.

Cob Connection, the two young ladies who started the community garden in Clarendon Park in the Uptown neighborhood met volunteering there.

Organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on
Devon. I know Natalie takes on interns, but with all the press they’ve
received this year they waiting list may be rather long, but it doesn’t
hurt to ask.

The Rogers Park Green Space and Food Systems Coalition built a community garden in Schreiber Park this year and won a grant from Gardenburger. In conjunction with Angelic Organics Learning Center, they’ve been putting on a number of interesting urban agriculture workshops this year.

The potager garden in Grant Park by Growing Power is also managed by volunteers in Chicago.

Advocates for Urban Agriculture Chicago has a good list of links on their blog and an active Google Group. 

You can find more urban agriculture projects in Chicago in this post. You can also see some photos of Rick Bayless’ urban farm in Chicago here.

If you volunteer somewhere not listed here or if you need volunteers feel free to leave information in the comments of this post. 



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  • I'm always amazed by all the gardening opportunities in Chicago. I wonder if other big cities have as many??

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I don't know what other cities have but here in Chicago we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to learning about gardening and urban farming. Sometimes I can't believe how lucky we are to live in a city with so many knowledgeable people sharing what they know, and most of the time for free.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    The MLK Food Justice Weekend is coming up on Jan 15, 16 and 17th 2011 http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-garden/2011/01/mlk-food-justice-weekend.html

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Looking for a community garden in the 60622 area? I have a 650 sq ft back yard garden that is ready to be turned into edible garden and would like to find like-minded people in the 60622 area to work with us. Am planning a first meet up in the week of the 20th. Would love to have more people. There is as much space as we want and plenty of room to grow a lot of plants and herbs!

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