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A NeighborSpace-protected community garden in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, open to all. Come out Sunday afternoons around 3pm for group work days!!
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Greenhouse Garden is that it lacks any sort of fence or barrier around its perimeter, giving the message that the garden is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy its refuge. It is a fitting testament to the garden’s origins. “About 20 years ago the lot was basically a garage – neighbors parked and repaired their cars there,” says community leader James (JW) Glass. “The City owned it, then one day they installed some railroad ties around the perimeter to keep the cars out. Once the cars were gone some unknown neighbor ventured out there and planted some tomatoes and tended them in the weeds and trash.” The efforts of that unknown individual eventually evolved into a neighborhood-wide endeavor to clean up the lot and establish a “real” community garden, open to anyone. NeighborSpace became involved in 1998 when the City put the lot up for sale and an alert neighbor saw the listing and contacted the organization about purchasing the land. The community rallied around the effort and not long after, Greenhouse Garden officially belonged to the neighborhood. The garden is as diverse as the West Town residents who gather every Sunday afternoon to work in it – literally every available space is occupied by something growing, from vegetables and fruit trees and bushes to flowers, herbs and towering prairie grasses.
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LAST MINUTE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We will be closing down the garden this morning (10/24) at 10am. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how YOU can get involved & join the magical crew of caretakers
8-26-20 The garden is in full summer 🥰
This month's lecture, hosted by the Garfield Park Conservatory:
Indigenous plants and resources at the Newberry Library with Analú María López
Chicago local growers need access to water now! Please take a moment to sign this petition if you haven't already.
Chicago local growers need access to water now! #wateraccessforall
The City of Chicago implemented a new Hydrant Permit Policy at the beginning of the year that left many gardens/farms in the dark in regards to the application process and where they would receive funding support for the new fees.
The impact of the updated policy has been stark in Black and Brown communities, who are already experiencing higher rates of hunger and consequential health disparities. This type of health inequity caused by food insecurity exacerbates underlying chronic conditions especially in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic. We see higher rates of infections and deaths in black and brown communities who are also the ones disproportionately affected by this new water policy.
In response to these issues, AUA has worked in coalition with farmers, gardeners, and food system partners to advocate for a set of immediate and long term solutions aimed at reducing the cost of and increasing access to water for Chicago’s growers. We created a Growers Guide and have Financial and Administrative Support for growers affected by this new policy.
However, we recognize that this new policy creates new requirements and fees that make it harder for farms and gardens to access water.
That is why we are asking for support!
Sign and share our petition asking for:
A more streamlined application, eliminating legal agreements with landowners, farms/gardens and Chicago, allow for the use of larger RPZ units, apply rules equitably to all entities, determine the annual water rate based on square footage of the farm/garden, and enable the Department of Water Management to provide growers with hydrant equipment.
SIGN the PETITION: bit.ly/wateraccess4all
Click https://linktr.ee/auachi to sign our petition, to email your alder and the mayor, find the Growers Guide, the Financial and Administrative Support google form, and the recent article by Block Club Chicago on the barriers to water access.
#HydrantAccessNow #WaterAccessForAll #UnlocktheHydrants #AUAChicago
Imagine by: @sunshine.saqimax (via IG)
Online Farmers Market | Chicago Farmers Market Collective
The Chicago Farmers Market Collective will be working together over the next few days to compile resources for people to support our local vendors through pick up locations, home delivery, or Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) options.
The therapeutic value of the garden in trying times
What better place to practice social distancing than in your backyard? Apart from the practical purposes of gardening, you are also cultivating your mental health.
Nature is necessary,but please exercise caution, neighbors!
Dear NeighborSpace Gardeners and Friends,
Gardeners, we know you are a level-headed bunch, but these times bring new meaning to the word “grounded.” COVID-19 has hit our communities, and we, like all of you, are trying our best to respond and orient to this new normal. During this destabilizing time, we are aware that visions of getting out in the gardens and into the soil is keeping us sane, connected, and looking to the future. While you hunker down in your homes for the next few weeks, please nurture those visions of vegetables, flowers, and neighbors- we will get to the other side of this.
We recognize gardeners have many questions about best practices of community gardening while practicing social distance, as well as what it means to community garden during a “shelter in place” order. Attached below is a set of guidelines we strongly encourage gardeners to follow.
In the meantime, our strong hope is that community gardeners can play their role to “flatten the curve” and limit the spread of the virus. Please share these guidelines with your gardening family and network.
Stay tuned for more updates, and be well, please.
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Chicago meeting that goal?
Greenhouse Garden is blooming!
If someone is available...
Oh Oh, Thanks to the generosity of Westover Farm, the mini-distribution this Saturday will also include the graceful and sturdy blue delphinium, great for pollinators, especially those bees. Broccoli starts from these masterful folks at Westover will be available as well. So folks don't miss out.
Saturday, April 20 at 9am until all is distributed at African Heritage Garden, 1245 South Central Park Avenue (SE corner of 12th Place and Central Park Avenue - one block south of Roosevelt Road). Free and no pre-registration required, but please bring a small box for your selections.
NOTE: This photo comes from the Velma Johnson Memorial Garden; taken last summer, it shows the delphiniums from an earlier Westover farm donation. Glad so many of you like it, shared it and commented. Thanks
Tomorrow! Chicago Community Gardeners unite! $25 registration includes all sessions, lunch, and raffle
You are invited to join your fellow community gardeners from across the city at our annual education and networking event, to be held on Saturday, March 30. Our theme this year is Gardening and Adapting to a Changing Climate. This year’s conference will convene in the bright and inviting Breakthro...
Our landtrust partner Neighbor-Space is featured in the next issue of the Chicago Reader! Plant edition!
Check it out and get inspired to dig in to the great work they, and other grassroots organizations, are up to!
Celebrate these spring rains and next week's spring equinox with Chicago Reader's plants issue! Great to see so many grassroots projects lifted up, including Chicago Eco House Healthy Food Hub Assata's Daughters Semillas de Justicia Community Garden Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) Neighbor-Space Chi-Nations Youth Council @notaplantshop Closed Loop Farms Growing Solutions Farm Plant Chicago The Plant Field & Florist Nance Klehm 360 Nation Org Chicago Botanic Garden Hines VA Hospital Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago ! And did you know the Chicago Public Library is starting seed libraries?! #chicagourbanag
Hey fellow community gardeners and interested folks: be sure to register for the 2019 Chicago Community Gardeners Association - CCGA annual conference. It's an excellent day of presentations, resources, networking, and prizes -- see you there!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
We at CCGA are fans of social media, but what we love more is our community of gardeners gathered together to meet, network, learn, listen, create, and share a meal. Please join us for our 2019 Annual Conference and find details at http://chicagocommunitygardens.org/
Everything you want to know is on our website: Schedule, Workshops, Meet the Presenters and more. Follow the registration link:
📸 Peter Hartel
Greener = Cleaner
Csodálkozunk, hogy miért is vannak ekkora árvizek
Kiváló példa a gyerekeknek.......ha már mi felnőttek nem tanultunk belőle :)
Post any 2018 contenders!!
Bees can show us how it’s possible to live harmoniously working toward the common good while still having our own needs met.
Advocates for Urban Agriculture
FUNDING for a hoophouse in your garden or large lot! Share widely and join the City of Chicago & AUA for any of 3 meetings next week to learn how your site could be eligible to receive fund$ from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase a hoophouse!
- Mon, 6/25 @ 9am at Canaan Community Church, 1701 W. Garfield Blvd.
- Tues, 6/26 @ 10am at Garfield Park Community Council, 4215 W. Washington Blvd.
- Wed, 6/27 @7pm at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Questions & RSVP to Laura at [email protected]
WICKER PARK — Richard Tilley, a Wicker Park resident for more than 40 years and a talented gardener who played a key role in establishing…
Why prairies matter and lawns don’t
Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people. Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urba…
Fingers crossed for our fellow community gardeners:
The growing season is in full swing, but members of two gardens say First Presbyterian Church turned them away as they showed up to tend their plots.
The Old Farmers Almanac
A little gardening humor . . .
Heads up gardeners!
FREE soil testing for ALL heavy metals (except Pantera) next Sat, March 24th, 10am-4pm at the Good Food EXPO! That's right folks, not just lead, but copper, mercury, you name it. Please share this FREE resource widely and find out what's in your garden, urban farm, or yard thanks to the amazing soil scientists of U of I Extension-Local Food Systems and Small Farms-Cook County! Sampling instructions here: bit.ly/SoilSampling and contact us with any questions! #chicagourbanag
Happy Hump Day! 🌞
If you haven't yet attended one of the hundreds of screenings during this year's One Earth Film Festival, be sure to check out their website for a full listing: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/
The festival runs through March 11th, and most screenings are FREE!
Looking to go green?
Are you interested in building a better, greener world in Chicago and the suburbs? Christy Webber Landscapes is hiring for the green season! View our open positions and apply today:
Photo: Leslie Schwartz Photography
Just a reminder, the 6th Annual Chicago Community Gardeners Association - CCGA Conference is tomorrow! And there are scholarships available!!
Just in Time! Due to generous anonymous donations these few days before the conference, we are able to offer a number of full scholarships! For more information, please send an email to [email protected] or call/text Lorraine at 323-861-4906. Please share!
The 6th Annual Chicago Community Gardeners Association - CCGA Conference is *THIS* Saturday! Registration is only $25 which includes breakfast, lunch, *raffle prizes*, and many fabulous sessions ranging from site analysis and getting a garden off the ground, to bee keeping, to school gardening and community building!
This is a great opportunity to learn about the basics of planting, meet fellow Chicago gardeners, and beat those winter blues that are sure to hit us this weekend (cuz we know this 60 degree weather can’t stay...).
See you there!
We’re excited to announce that our 6th Annual Conference, Garden to Garden: Bringing People Together Through Growing Together, will be on Saturday, March 3 at Kennedy-King College in Englewood.
Hey Neighbors! Thank you for helping to keep the garden clean and shoveled this winter! I went to visit yesterday to check on our **Witch Hazel** but I was a day too early. Do yourselves a favor and stop by today or tomorrow to witness one of the earliest blooms of the season. It smells DIVINE!
Thank you thank you thank you again for loving our little green patch in the city ❤️ It’s always so nice to stop by and see our community using the space.
You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy the community garden! All are welcome!
Quick! Here's an idea of what to do with all those hops on the arbor before they all dry out:
Hops, best known for beer-making, is actually a premier herb for relaxation. Make a hops pillow sachet with other sedating herbs for a deep & restful sleep.
Happy Monday, neighbors!!
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