Help Build Iron Street Farm on Chicago's Southside

by Growing Power - Chicago
May 10, 2013

Spring has Sprung at Iron Street Urban Farm

Little Debbie
Little Debbie

Spring is finally here in Chicago and we have some wonderful updates to share with you at Iron Street Urban Farm.

  1. We have goats.

Yes, you read that correctly- Iron Street Urban Farm now has two adorable pygmy goats. Welcome Little Debbie and Billy Ray Valentine to the Growing Power Family!

If you can't tell, our staff and youth absolutely love our new furry friends.

(teaser: we got chicken on the way too!)

2. Compost, compost, compost!

The Growing Power Chicago crew built our first of four 96ft hoop houses to expand our compost operation. Each hoop will contain a compost windrow that will be able to accommodate 100 tons of food and carbon waste!

Iron Street Urban Farm is currently picking up thousands of pounds of food waste from local restaurants, breweries, bakeries, and organic wholesalers every week. As we expand our capacity, we will be able to grow even more fertile soil to grow healthy fruits and veggies all year round.

3. Youth Micro Enterprise

Mothers' Day is right around the corner! Still don't know what to get Mom? Well, Growing Power Youth Corps have been hard at work making beautiful bath and garden items to celebrate the holiday. This weekend, we will be featuring two different gift baskets you can purchase:

   -Beauty Basket: Includes hand made bath bombs, sugar scrubs, soaps, scented oils, and fragrance sprays featuring lavender and roses grown in Growing Power's TruBlooms Fragrance Garden in Chicago's Grant Park. ($30)

  -Garden Basket: Includes worm castings, seed bombs, seeds, garden gloves, and a hand-painted flower pot for Mom to get her garden started! ($30)

You can pick up your Mothers' Day baskets at Growing Power's markets this Saturday (5/11/2013) at Green City Market in Lincoln Park, 61st Street Market in Woodlawn, and Iron Street's Farm Stand here in Bridgeport. Purchase your mother something hand crafted by these amazing youth. Only a limited number of baskets will be available so come get yours quick!

GP Production Manager, Laurell, and Billy Ray!
GP Production Manager, Laurell, and Billy Ray!
Teens helping construct the new compost hoop house
Teens helping construct the new compost hoop house
Beauty Gift Baskets made by Growing Power Teens
Beauty Gift Baskets made by Growing Power Teens
Dominique finishing her Mother
Dominique finishing her Mother's Day Gift Basket!

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Growing Power - Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
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Erika Allen
Chicago, IL United States

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