Are you interested in a community garden?

This meetup is continuity of a discussion about buying a land for a community garden: www.eco-living.us/boards/thread/[masked]/10

There are opportunities to buy or even possibly get donated a land for a community garden in Chicago. The idea for this meetup to bring all people who might be interested to participate in the being part of having our own community garden which would be operated as a non-for-profit organization.

Please come if you are willing to share your knowledge/time/effort in
- Planning and discussing the project requirements
- Being able to help with feasibility study for the project
- Scouting for an available land
- Negotiate with aldermen to get a land possession
- Willing to assume some responsibilities and to volunteer for the project

Please note that it's not going to be a social nor an educational meetup but rather a business meeting.

Please RSVP is it's something that interests you and you would like to get involved in the project.

Meeting location: Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park is conveniently located for people who are coming from different part of the city and suburbs and has a free parking.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I am looking to start an urban farm, different from a community garden from the way it functions. I would appreciate help, guidance, tips and any know how that anyone can give me. Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

  • Matt F.

    I am a local landscaper and could help build the garden if there is enough interest. Unfortunately I would love to have a plot, but live in the south suburbs. There is no way I would be able to take care of it!

    July 23, 2013

  • Sue

    I can't make it, however, I would be willing to help spruce up a space, help plant and if spaces will be 'for sale' or 'rent' depending on where the site will be, a gardener.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town ... maybe next time!

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to hearing about events.

    July 13, 2013

  • Vadim

    The outcome of the meeting will be a decision if and how we should proceed with the project (Acquiring a land and setting up our own community garden) as well as to assign tasks as needed to proceed. Each participant should be prepared to answer "How do you see yourself to be part of the project?"

    July 11, 2013

  • Vadim

    A friend just gave me these suggestions:

    1. The "5 block rule of thumb." It seems that the gardens that work are operated by people who live within 5 blocks of the site. There are many practical reasons for this. 2. The garden must be tended everyday. It's best to be within walking distance, while carrying tools. Don't store tools in a shed at the garden site. They are potential weapons, and sheds can be used as sleeping/ drugging/ drinking places. It's very important to personally know, face-to-face, the garden members. It is much safer to work in groups. Garden plots are open invitations for all kinds of criminal activity. Being out in a garden lot alone can be very dangerous.

    3. You really must get to know the alderman and local police face - to - face. If you don't live close to that garden, they won't even talk to you.

    July 3, 2013

  • Vadim

    4. You must have access to a city - owned fire hydrant to water the garden. Absolutely essential, and you have to know the alderman well to get this.

    5. The garden must have no buildings or big trees on its SOUTH side OF THE PLOT. This a major issue. Gardens need lots of unblocked sun.

    July 3, 2013

  • Kimberly W.

    Looking forward to this meetup!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Vadim

    Community Garden is a very broad topic. Sorry for was not being more specific about the topic of the meeting discussion. I just updated the description that this meeting will focus on exploring a possibility to acquire a land for our own community garden. Please come if you are willing to share your knowledge, time and effort in:
    - Planning and discussing the project requirements
    - Being able to help with feasibility study for the project
    - Scouting for an available land
    - Negotiate with aldermen to get a land possession
    - Willing to assume some responsibilities and to volunteer for the project

    It's not an educational meeting how to create community garden but rather a business meeting to see if we have enough resources and willingness to make it happen.

    June 30, 2013

  • Carrie Hansen N.

    I have some urban garden ideas :)

    June 29, 2013

  • Abbeygail

    I could help plant the garden. The Beverly neighborhood could use a community garden. Mostly I am interested in learning how to create one.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    They have community gardens in Naperville

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely interested and would help out on a regular basis if it's anywhere near me (Roger Park)

    May 26, 2013

  • Tiffeny

    Hi! I'm new to meetups and chicago. I'm interested in this topic and starting my own raised bed. How to get connected to others?? Would love to find community :)

    May 11, 2013

    • Tiffeny

      Hi Vadim - I believe I received a note about this meeting being this weekend...? I will be out of town if so but will look for other information as it arises.

      May 17, 2013

    • Vadim

      This weekend CGE event (Green Festival) is nothing to do with this event (Community Garden).

      May 17, 2013

  • Patrick M.

    Are we talking veganic gardening?

    May 9, 2013

    • Vadim

      Patrick - I am not sure what "veganic gardening" means. We would talk about plant farming (as opposed to an animal farming) but behind that I suggest you to come to the meeting and give your vision for the garden to the group.

      May 9, 2013

    • Patrick M.

      Hi Vadim, veganic gardening refers to the cultivation of plants without animal fertilizers. Many of these are common in organic agriculture (chicken blood, ground up fish, manure, etc.)

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • Nicole

    I don't know much about how community gardens work, but I'm interested in learning more.... especially if it would be organic in terms of treating the plants (not the existing soil, unless that's possible too!).

    May 9, 2013

  • LIsa

    Love a garden in Lincoln Park or Lakeview area! VERY SERIOUS about a plot!

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interested in talking more about this. I'm actually collaborating with a number of people who install and run gardens, so could potentially get some great info on planning and setting one up.

    Looking forward to more conversation on this!

    1 · May 9, 2013

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