Ben Helphand

Share the Harvest: Whitney Young and Whipple Team Up

Students from Whitney Young High School have teamed up with NeighborSpace’s Whipple Community Garden in Logan Square to help start a pantry plot. Community engagement is one of the ten pillars that students must fulfill for an environmental project in their biology class. This communal vegetable plot, dedicated to growing produce for a nearby food pantry, will bring community… Read more Share the Harvest: Whitney Young and Whipple Team Up

Share the Harvest: Starting a Produce Giveaway at Your Garden

Are you a community gardener, but you don’t feel a sense of community? Why not start a communal vegetable plot to grow food for others? Monarch Garden, an allotment garden in Humboldt Park, launched a produce giveaway in their garden last summer. The gardeners dedicated two plots, one vegetable and one herb, for donation. Throughout… Read more Share the Harvest: Starting a Produce Giveaway at Your Garden

Two Workdays Coming Up in North Lawndale

The North Lawndale Greening Committee has two workdays scheduled soon. First: Saturday, April 20 at the preSERVE Garden at 1233 S Central Park.  Our partners for this garden are Slow Food Chicago, the Chicago Honey Co-op, NeighborSpace, and the North Lawndale Greening. We focus on healthy food production in this garden. Last year we raised five varieties of… Read more Two Workdays Coming Up in North Lawndale

The Growing Exchange Wins Burpee Vote

The votes have been tabulated, and it looks like our very own Growing Exchange garden at 8805 S Exchange has won a visit from the Burpee Seed Truck. The Burpee Truck will visit on May 8th, giving away seedlings, produce, cooking demos, and more. Congratulation, gardeners!

April 6th: Announcing Planning Meeting for Play Garden in Little Village

Our friends at El Jardin Communitario de la 23rd y Whipple, in partnership with Community Links High School, the Boys and Girls Club, Taller de Jose, La Familia Unida, Alderman Cardenas, the Trust for Public Land, and NeighborSpace, are starting the first play garden in Chicago. Check out the details below, and feel free to distribute this printable flyer.… Read more April 6th: Announcing Planning Meeting for Play Garden in Little Village

“Community thrives along a nearly forgotten slice of an urban river.”

A terrific grist.org article about gardening and community with Riverbank Neighbors: Riverbank Neighbors reflects a shift. Nature — parks and forests, farms and gardens — historically have been at the core of community. Today’s environmental concerns, such as climate change and mass extinction, increase the desire for people to live in more tightly knit communities.… Read more “Community thrives along a nearly forgotten slice of an urban river.”

Sharing the Harvest: Ginkgo Organic Gardens forges authentic connections

For over ten years, Uptown’s Ginkgo Organic Gardens has been dedicated to growing and giving high-quality organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers to local organizations that serve people struggling with poverty, homelessness, and illness. According to one garden member, “the most challenging part of donating is understanding that many recipients will not share our interest… Read more Sharing the Harvest: Ginkgo Organic Gardens forges authentic connections