Growing Forward Insight Sessions at the 2012 Green & Growing Fair
Saturday, April 28th, 12-4pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
On behalf of GreenNet and all the community gardens that are so important to Chicago’s neighborhoods, you are invited to attend a special Insight Session for community garden leaders at this year’s Green and Growing Fair. At this 45-minute session, GreenNet wants to hear your thoughts on how together, we can make all of our community gardens more vibrant and sustainable.
The Insight Sessions are part of a larger initiative sponsored by GreenNet called Growing Forward, which is a year-long collaboration between gardens, gardeners, and garden support organizations across the City.
Diverse voices are wanted. To lend yours to this effort, please RSVP at http://growingforwardchicago.eventbrite.com
to share your insight about issues and opportunities facing Chicago’s gardens (and afterwards enjoy the fun at the annual Green and Growing Fair!).
The Insight Sessions are 45 minutes each and will be held at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm at the Green and Growing Fair on Saturday, April 28th at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Explore Dune Restoration
Saturday, March 24th
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Note New Time)
77th St. and the Lake (Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, southeast end of the beach.)
Contact the steward at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
In the mid 1990s, beach ridges began to form naturally in the eastern section of Rainbow Beach. Soon, dune species began to colonize the newly formed beach ridges. Recognizing the site’s potential to form a natural dune ecosystem, the Chicago Park District installed protective fencing in 2001 to protect this developing nature area from excessive foot traffic. Attend this workday (the first one of the year!) and help this unique and young habitat thrive. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Gloves and other materials will be provided.
Explore Garden Stewardship
Restoration Workday at North Park Village Nature Center
Sunday, March 18th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
5801 N. Pulaski
No registration necessary. Call 312-744-5472 for more information.
Enjoy a day in the woods of the North Park Village. Help remove invasive plants like buckthorn; plant and/or remove trees; and learn about native landscapes. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Be sure to check out the Nature Center after the workday for kid-friendly activities and educational information.
Want to help manage stormwater and prevent flooding in Logan Square? Interested in making green improvements to your property, no matter where you live? Join us at the first public workshop for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program!
March 13, 2012, 7–9 pm
Hairpin Lofts, Logan Square Arts Center 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
Learn how the grant program works and get free consultation from design professionals on the kinds of projects – a green roof, rain garden, permeable paving – that make sense for your home or business. Check to see if your property is in the corridor at www.logansquareh2o.org.
Why should you come?
- Learn about the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program
- Learn about stormwater management and green infrastructure
- Learn about other City of Chicago programs you can use
- Get free design ideas for green infrastructure projects on your property
- Have fun and meet your neighbors!
What should you bring?
Please bring aerial photos, blueprints or other schematics of your property to discuss with our designers. Aerial images printed from Google Earth, Google Maps, or something comparable are sufficient.
Questions? Contact Josh Ellis at email@example.com
This workshop is free and open to the public, and no matter where your property is, you can benefit from attending. Please note, however, only properties within the designated corridor are eligible for grant funding through this program. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must attend a program workshop, which will take place every three months, or until all grant funds have been awarded. Additional workshops will occur at the same time and place on June 12 and Sept. 11.
The event is free, but please register.
The HomeGrown Chicago community food garden network, sponsored by Openlands, is a training program that focuses on fostering neighborhood groups to assess, plan for, and build long-term stewardship for community-managed green spaces.
The objectives of the program are to promote increased growing and consumption of healthy and affordable local food, establish productive uses for vacant lots, build personal connections among neighbors, and reinforce a citywide network of local gardeners for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
HomeGrown Chicago provides participants a series of four workshops (see schedule below) annually that focus on:
- Finding and securing land,
- Establishing a sustainable organizational structure,
- Designing a garden and growing food organically, and
- Building garden structures.
The program also provides customized workshops for garden groups; offers a program manual; donates lumber, soil, seeds, and other materials; and encourages participants to share advice and seeds at the beginning of each growing season.
- Workshop 1- March 24, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet successful allotment gardeners and learn the history of this movement. Learn how to find, test and secure land for your garden.
- Workshop 2- March 31, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn how to establish a healthy organization as the first step to ensure that the garden is run effectively, cooperatively and sustainably.
- Workshop 3- April 7, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Designing the garden, and growing vegetables organically.
- Workshop 4- April 14, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hands-on demonstrations of building & installing garden structures such as raised beds & trellises in a garden.
Workshop participants will receive a manual, garden materials, technical assistance and membership in the HomeGrown Chicago Food Garden Network.
Registration: HomeGrown is for groups, not individuals. A minimum of 4 people from each garden is suggested. Tuition for the program is $150.00 for four members and four classes. Registration is limited and starts January 13, 2012 , ends March 10, 2012. For an application contact Julie Samuels (312.863.6256) or click here.
Explore Plant Education
Tropical Treat Night at Garfield Park Conservatory
Wednesday, February 15th
3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (stop by anytime)
300 N. Central Park
For more information, contact 312-746-5100.
Explore Garden Stewardship
Chicago Cares Workday at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
Saturday, February 11th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
3501 N. Kilbourn
For more information, contact 773-685-3359.
Kilbourn Park is home to the Park District’s only organic facility. There is a large greenhouse and a variety of gardens to work in. You will help plant, create new beds, and maintain the indoor and outdoor areas. Projects are held inside of the greenhouse during inclement weather. All necessary tools will be provided.
Explore Sustainable Seafood
Shedd’s Sustainable Seafood Cooking Class for Kids
Thursday, February 9th
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop
2070 N Clybourn
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our waters? Everyone can make a differe
When you check your mail later and the box is jammed with catalogs and other miscallaneous junk mail, don’t trash paper, RECYCLE PAPER. According to the Draft Waste Characterization Study, 29.5% of what Chicago residents & businesses throw away is paper. Paper is recyclable.
Recycling paper achieves a significant reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions based on life-cycle analysis. Basically this means we do not want paper sitting in a landfill.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle PAPER. Thanks for reading!
Content Creator: C3 Trainee Tom from www.letUbeU.com
Explore Outdoor Stewardship
Monday, January 16th
Whistler Woods, S Halsted St & W 134th St.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
RSVP to Mary Eileen Sullivan at email@example.com.
Join Friends of the Parks and Calumet Is My Backyard (C.I.M.B.Y.) at Whistler Woods to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by providing stewardship work. Volunteers will be doing various outdoor stewardship activities to restore the woods. Dress in layers and be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Saturday, December 10th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
87th and Western
meet at the parking lot on the north side of 87th St. two blocks east of S. Western Ave.
Join the Friends of the Forest Preserves for an exciting workday tomorrow! Get some fresh air as trained leaders show you how to identify invasive plants that don’t belong in Chicago and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them. All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. Worried that you will be cold? No problem. Volunteers will be burning large brush piles and staying active – you will be warm in no time. Work days have also been known to end with some tasty treats.
All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes). Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brush pile burns and stray embers can “burn” synthetic clothing and melt through to your skin – ouch. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and dress in layers. Please bring your own drinking water.
Don’t be discouraged by the weather – this is an excellent time to see these woods in their winter glory. We hope you can make it!
Getting 2 Know Green
Saturday, July 30
Meet at 13th and Homan
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join neighbors and organizations from the North Lawndale Community for Getting 2 Know Green 101.
Provide a clean up to the area near the Douglass Branch Library, 13th
Street Play Lot, CYC Community Center, and Village West Housing
Development. Win a free paper recycling bin designed by artists from Paperwerx Inc. and Neuro Kitchen Arts Collaborative.
Free Lunch and Discussion….All Ages Welcome!!!
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Sustainable Backyard Workshop
Tuesday, July 26
Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento
RSVP: email@example.com or 312-743-9283
The Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program has received a lot of great attention, and more importantly, participation this summer. We are happy to share with you that the program was recently featured in Gapers Block, thanks to a great article by Chicago’s favorite gardening blogger, Mr. Brown Thumb
The Sustainable Backyard Program provides rebates on resources and tools that will help you transform your back, front and side yard into a sustainable and ecologically diverse landscape. So go ahead and treat yourself to that rain barrel or compost bin you have been meaning to install. The Department of Environmental will reimburse you up to 50% for your effort.
While you’re at your local garden center, check out the lovely range of native plants that will attract a range of beneficial critters to your yard, creating a diverse habitat and sustainable ecosystem-right in your backyard!
Rebate forms are available to Chicago residents for up to 50% off their next local purchase of:
TREES (up to $100 back)
NATIVE PLANTS (up to $60 back)
COMPOST BINS (up to $50 back)
RAIN BARRELS (up to $40 back)
Saturday, July 9
Dunning Read Conservation Area Restoration Workday
Southeast corner of Oak Park Ave and Irving Park Ave
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Join Friends of the Parks and neighbors from the Dunning area for an exciting stewardship event in this beautiful nature oasis located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest side. Be prepared to remove invasive plants, build a trail and spruce up the conservation area. A nature hike will be offered at 10:00 AM. Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather.
RSVP Required. Email Mary Eileen Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org