Featured Event! Neighborspace Howard Area Community Garden Workday, 5/19, 9AM

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Neighborspace Howard Area Community Garden Workday
Saturday, May 19th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1715 W. Juneway Terrace
Join volunteers from Neighborspace, Openlands, and Chicago Cares for an exciting workday at this Rogers Park community garden, one of the oldest commmunity gardens in the city.
There are 50 vegetable plots housed in this garden and maintained by local gardeners.  They need help preparing vegetable beds, fixing a fallen fence, mulching pathways, turning compost and other garden-related tasks.  Gloves and tools are provided, however bringing your own tools would also be helpful (be sure to put your name on your items).  Bring snacks and water and wear clothes that can get dirty.

Growing Forward Insight Sessions at the 2012 Green & Growing Fair

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.

For more information about Growing Forward, please visit http://www.greennetchicago.org/growing-forward.

Homegrown Chicago Accepting Applications

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.

-Openlands