Good Reads

Chicagoist Picks CROP

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

Coming Soon: SRB Community Spirit Garden in Jefferson Park Joins NeighborSpace

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

Angela Taylor of Fulton Garden on the Cover of the Sun-Times

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

Chicago Rarities Orchard Project profile in ASLA newsletter

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!

“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.”