On Thursday, October 1st, garden leaders from Pilsen’s La Huerta Roots & Rays accepted the American Planning Association’s Community Outreach Award. Congratulations to these garden leaders and their phenomenal efforts in connecting the community with the development of this beautiful neighborhood garden site.
A great article about the community planning process going on as Roots & Rays reconceives its garden from the ground up. Although it’s difficult to imagine anything growing when you can hardly see the ground through all the snow and ice, the season is right around the corner and we’re exceedingly thrilled to get out… Read more Roots & Rays and Healthy Soil
Extra offers a great write-up on Roots and Rays, the strategies they use to connect a bilingual community, and how you can get involved with them at their weekly meetings.
View NeighborSpace in a larger map External site Roots and Rays is a community allotment garden with 18 raised beds serving individuals, families and organizations throughout Pilsen. There are also container gardens filled with annuals, perennials and herbs. Signage has been erected and woodchips have been spread through the site. The triangular parcel is surrounded… Read more Roots and Rays
The seeds planted at the Connecting Chicago Community Gardeners (CCCG) conference this past February are starting to sprout! Gardeners have created a weekend-by-weekend schedule of garden tours happening throughout the city. Learn more about your own neighborhood, or get out to see what’s going on in other communities. Check back here throughout the summer for… Read more CCCG releases 2013 garden tour schedule
Is your garden located near a food pantry or soup kitchen? If so, donating extra produce might be an option for you. Roots and Rays Garden, located in the Pilsen neighborhood, is right across the street from St. Pius V Parish, which has both a food pantry and soup kitchen. One of the gardeners is… Read more Share the Harvest: Roots and Rays
Xochiquetzal Peace Garden, one of the very first sites to join with NeighborSpace, is about to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a Pilsen gala. Get your tickets now to join them and support an exemplary community organization. Celebrate our 20th Anniversary Gala with us! Help Save our Schools and Help Fund the Music Program at… Read more Celebrate 20 Years of Xochiquetzal Peace Garden
Read about how one NeighborSpace garden has faced the challenge of water conservation. This article has lots of great tips and examples. For the past two years, every April through September, 63 year-old Carlos Nunez, has been waking up early morning to go water his plants, monitor the garden for about two to four hours… Read more Friday’s Good Read: Water Conservation at Growing Station
On Thursday, March 21st, a coalition of Pilsen community activists will go on an “Infinite Ripples of Peace March” concluding at El Jardin de la Mariposas. Learn more about the march here.
View NeighborSpace in a larger map External site In February of 2009, five residents founded Growing Station (now known as El Paseo) community garden. They wanted to grow their own food and contribute to their community. They began searching for a vacant lot to build an organic community vegetable garden, eventually asking Alderman Danny Solis… Read more El Paseo Community Garden