Registration is now open for Openlands’ GardenKeepers Community Vegetable Garden Training & Support Program
Do you want grow your own food in a garden you share with friends and neighbors?
Do you have a community food garden that you think could be better – so that more people would join and work more closely together?
Then, Openlands has just the program for you!!!
Because you need a “community” to have a community garden, Gardenkeepers is designed to support the local food movement in Chicago by helping residents know how to start or expand an allotment garden together with friends and neighbors to grow food without chemicals, and to insure that the garden and the garden organization will last!
Class 1—2/8 - Getting Started: Allotment garden history & basics
Class 2—2/15 - Creating a Sustainable Organization: Identifying, recruiting & organizing the people who will start, use, and manage the community garden
Class 3—2/22 - Eco-Garden Design: Eco-principles, conserving natural resources and drafting a design
Class 4 –3/1- Growing From the Ground Up: The basis of the Eco-garden—healthy soil and composting
Class 5—3/8- Plant selection for a healthy garden: Annual, perennial, and native flowers
Class 6—3/15- Containers, Hardscape & Installation: Mounded soil and frames for safe, manageable vegetable beds
GardenKeepers students will receive a manual, garden materials (if available), technical assistance and a regular GardenKeepers newsletter with all the latest community gardening information and resources
Location: Classes are 9:30am-12:30 pm at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Registration: A minimum of 2 people from each garden is suggested. Tuition for the program is $150.00 for 2 members . More may register if space allows. Registration is limited and starts 1/1/14. For the registration form contact Elvia Rodriquez at [masked] or call 312/[masked]