Help Build Iron Street Farm on Chicago's Southside

 
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Mar 23, 2011

Help us build our first aquaponics system!

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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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!

Nov 8, 2010

Over 40 compost bins built at Iron Street!

Mural!
Mural!

The youth at our Iron Street Urban Farm have built over 40 vermicomposting bins over the past month! Soon Growing Power will be able to increase the amount of food waste it is able to pick up from local businesses to create even more healthy soil for our growing beds as well as other urban agriculture projects in the Chicago area. Take a look at the pictures of our youth at work!

Also take a look at the progress of the Iron Street mural, beautifully designed and painted by our youth.

Now that the weather is getting colder, teens from our After School Matters program will be heading to Iron Street Urban Farm offices this week to learn about the importance of pollinators and build bee hives! Pictures and fresh honey to come!

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Now every dollar donated will go twice as far in building one of the largest urban farms in Chicago!

Growing Power has just received a challenge grant from a private donor.

Every gift we receive (of up to $5000) will be matched!!!!! So please help by securing a tax deductible donation and spreading the word!

 

Thanks again for all your support. We wouldn't be able to accomplish what we do without it.

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Mural!
vermicomposting bins
vermicomposting bins

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Erika Allen

Chicago, IL United States

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