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.
Feb 14, 2011

Bees Bees Bees

Even during one of the coldest weeks this winter, Growing Power is still hard at work ensuring that Iron Street Urban Farm is up and ready to go for the upcoming season. Check out the pictures below of our youth hard at work building bee hives for the farm.  So far, we have 6 hives completed. Each hive will start with 200 bees and then increase to over 60,000 bees each once summer comes! That's a total of 360,000 bees producing hundreds of pounds of honey! 

 

Tell your friends, coworkers, and family about Iron Street Urban Farm. Help us keep this momentum up! We especially need your support now to ensure that Iron Street Urban Farm has the infrastructure set to grow as much fresh food as we possibly can this spring and summer! Consider making a reoccurring monthly contribution, even $10 a month will get us that much closer to our goal.  And once again, thank you for all that you've done.

Feb 3, 2011

Rahm Emanuel hosts press conference at Iron Street

Erika Allen introducing Rahm Emanuel
Erika Allen introducing Rahm Emanuel

Yesterday, candidate for Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, decided to hold a press conference at Iron Street Urban Farm as an opportunity to discuss his strategy about solving the City's growing problem with "food deserts."

Iron Street Urban Farm was highlighted as one of the innovative ways to improve fresh food access to the over 600,000 Chicago residents that lack it.

Read more details here:

http://www.chicagoforrahm.com/blog/rahms-plan-to-expand-food-access

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Nov 24, 2010

1st hoop greenhouse built at Iron Street!

Finally! Our first hoop green house has been built at Iron Street Urban Farm!

Our youth and staff spent over 6 hours over two days constructing this hoop house that will be able to grow spinach and other winter green in even the coldest of months.  Check out the pictures of all their hard work!

Keep on speading the word about Iron Street Urban Farm. With your help we will be able to build even more growing systems to provide fresh and healthy produce to Chicago communities that need it most...all year round!

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