Growing Power - Chicago

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. We implement this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food sustainably.
Jun 12, 2012

Winter Farming at Iron Street

Lots of kale flourishing in the dead of winter!
Lots of kale flourishing in the dead of winter!

Happy New Year! 

Despite the drop in temperatures, Iron Street Urban Farm is still bustling with activity and year round food production! 

Updates:

-We now have 6 hoop houses finished that are growing delicious winter greens such as kale and spinach. These along with other Growing Power goodies are sold at our weekly farm stand at Iron Street on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. 

- Iron Street Urban Farm also has officially open the doors to volunteers 3 times a week. Even in the winter months, there is plenty to do at Iron Street! Work may include moving wood chips or compost, sifting worm castings, tending crops, and general maintenance.

Tuesdays: 1-4pm, Thursdays: 1-4pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm

So come on out and get your hands dirty!
 
- Growing Power held it's first School Garden ABCs workshop on Saturday, January 14th from 9am - 4pm. The workshop was designed for school garden educators or involved community members who wanted to learn more about designing, planning and sustaining school gardens. Over 50 teachers participated, shared their vision of a comprehensive and engaging school garden, and learned more about Growing Power's techniques and how to better integrate the garden into their curriculum!
- Growing Power staff and youth have also helped harvest our first batch of honey. Youth in our after school job training program are learning all about bees, their vital role in the environment and on the farm, and how to make value added products such as lips balms and other beauty products.
Lots more to come in the upcoming months! Growing Power Chicago will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on February 25th. More information to come! We hope you will come and help us celebrate all we've accomplished over the past decade. 
Teachers learning about oyster mushroom production
Teachers learning about oyster mushroom production
Teachers making mini vermicomposting bins
Teachers making mini vermicomposting bins
Harvesting Honey!
Harvesting Honey!
Harvesting Honey!
Harvesting Honey!
Harvesting Honey!
Harvesting Honey!
Jun 5, 2012

Come Celebrate One Year for Iron Street Urban Farm

 The Good Food Revolution: Celebrating the Heroes and Sheroes of the Movement

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

6-8pm @ Iron Street Urban Farm (3333 South Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60608)

Come celebrate Growing Power Chicago's first official year of transforming Iron Street Urban Farm from an abandoned warehouse to a productive, flourishing farm! 

Province Chef, Randy Zweiban, will be preparing a series of farm-to-table courses showcasing Growing Power's produce and grass-fed poultry and beef. Wine and beer pairings by Heritage Wine and Revolution Brewery! 

Iron Street Urban Farm now has 6 hoop houses for year-round food production, 3 aquaponics systems, composting and vermicomposting, mushroom cultivation (oyster, wine cap, shiitake), six rooftop bee hives, and a weekly farm stand to sell fresh produce to the surrounding community. Come celebrate all we've accomplished!  

Buy tickets @ https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250407

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Jan 30, 2012

Growing Power Chicago Turns 10!

February 25th, 2012- 1-5pm

Growing Power Chicago is Turning 10!  Celebrate by taking a Tour, Aquaponics Workshop and staying for Small Bites and Cheers!

Growing Power Chicago transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through development of Community Food Systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Starting with a church garden in Woodlawn and another in the Cabrini Green neighborhood, Growing Power Chicago’s network has grown into 7 urban farm and community garden partnerships around the city with two more in the works.

After all that hard work it’s time to celebrate!
Tours: 1pm-5pm
Tours will be offered at the top of every hour starting at 1pm and ending at 5pm.

Aquaponics Workshop: 1pm-5pm
The workshop that we will be hosting will be a suggested 75 dollar donation, if you want to stay later for the Happy Hour and Silent Auction Reception it will be an extra 5 dollar donation

Small Bites, Cheers and Silent Auction: 4pm- 6pm
Our Happy Hour will feature delicious local beers and delicious appetizers from our SPECTACULAR Composting Partners.  We will have all of Iron St. on display and some excellent silent auction items that will feature the expertise of our simply sublime staff, who will also be on hand to chat with you about all aspects of Growing Power Chicago.

RSVP to chicago@growingpower.org or (773) 376-8882
We hope to see you there! 

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