Help Build Iron Street Farm on Chicago's Southside

 
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bee hives at sunset.
bee hives at sunset.

It's been an exciting month for Iron Street Urban Farm!

After months of waiting, the bees have arrived! 33,000 italian honey bees traveled in the back of our trunk from Milwaukee to Iron Street Urban Farm last night and we could not be more excited. Take a look at the 6 bee hives we now have installed on the roof of Iron Street. One of our youth, Malcom, helped our beekeeper with the installation!

Other news:

The other week we had some wonderful volunteers from Wellpoint Foundation construct the frame to our second hoop house. With their hard work, we were able to finish it in less than 4 hours!

Also, we have the infrastructure set for our first three aquaponics systems! These were build by our youth over the course of the past month. We should have them up and running by the end of May.

Fresh honey and tilapia, does it get any better than that?

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Want to come and check out Iron Street Urban Farm and see all this progress for yourself? Well, here is your chance! June 21st, Growing Power and its Chicago Advisory Board will be hosting a Grand Opening Summer Solstice BBQ for the new site. Come celebrate all the work we've accomplish with delicious food, drink, and music! More details to come soon.

And once again, thank you to all our supporters! We can't wait to see you in June!

Malcom helping with installation.
Malcom helping with installation.
plants sprouting in our hoop house.
plants sprouting in our hoop house.
2nd hoop house.
2nd hoop house.
aquaponics systems
aquaponics systems

Growing Power Chicago would like to take another moment to thank all of you that have so generously donated to the development of Iron Street Urban Farm...because of your donations we have 25 compost bins, over 60 vermicomposting bins, 6 bee hives, and a hoop house constructed. Our next goal is to have our first aquaponics system installed by next month!!

Last week, a handful of our youth went up to Growing Power's headquarters in Milwaukee to participate in its monthly "From the Ground Up" workshops. There, they got first hand experience building an aquaponics system that will raise over 1,000 tilapia or lake perch as well as grow a variety of greens and other veggies. They will use these skills to assist in implementing a larger system at Iron Street Urban Farm that will have the capacity hold up to 10,000 fish! 

Help us keep this great momentum up! We look forward to selling delicious, mercury-free fish to the surrounding Chicago area as well as teaching others how to construct and maintain aquaponics systems and, therefore, provide fresh food to even more communities that need it. If you can't wait until we start workshops in Chicago, consider attending one of Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" workshops up in Milwuakee.

Thank you again for all the wonderful support and we look forward to seeing you on the farm this upcoming season!

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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.

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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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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Erika Allen

Chicago, IL United States

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