ABC7 did a terrific story on Hermitage Street Community Garden‘s partnerships with Lindblom School and veterans groups.
A terrific read about Hermitage Community Garden’s community work engaging high school students in Englewood: Their instructor, Lawrence Bass, refers to his class of second- and third-year students as the Global Design Team. He said he wanted to give them real world experience and that’s exactly what they’re getting. The project is to expand the… Read more Student-Garden Partnership in Englewood
A nice Chicagoist write-up about Chicago Rarities Orchard Project. The Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) has been in the works for five years, as board members worked with the City of Chicago and the nonprofit organization NeighborSpace to secure land for an orchard. “Everyone has been very supportive and it’s exciting to see this project… Read more Chicagoist Picks CROP
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
DNAinfo has a nice piece up about St. Robert Bellamine Community Spirit Garden in Jefferson Park, which will soon be joining the NeighborSpace. It has some nice insight into the process of turning an empty lot into a garden. Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his support Wednesday behind a community garden that broke ground in May.… Read more Coming Soon: SRB Community Spirit Garden in Jefferson Park Joins NeighborSpace
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.
Angela and Sam Taylor, Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden leaders, made the cover of this Sunday’s Sun-Times. It’s a well-deserved tribute to their terrific, ongoing work in Garfield Park. NeighborSpace has protected the Fulton Garden site since 2006, providing insurance, water, and other support so that Angela can focus on fulfilling her vision for… Read more Angela Taylor of Fulton Garden on the Cover of the Sun-Times
The Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has a profile of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) in their latest newsletter. CROP is a future NeighborSpace project. We can’t link directly to the article, but you can find it on page 16 of the full newsletter here. Check out that snazzy rendering!
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
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.”