Begin the Garden Season with a Seed Starting Workshop The CCGA Resources Committee is putting together “starter kits” of twenty different kinds of 2017 vegetable seeds* carefully chosen and purchased by us from reputable companies like Johnny’s Seeds. The Starter …

Join us! The Education Committee will meet on Friday, February 17th at 10am at the Richard M. Daley Branch Library in Humboldt Park at 733 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60612. Parking is available, and it is accessible via the CTA Bus #52 and …

Wild Things 2017 Conference Saturday, February 18 2017 9am – 6pm This is the seventh biennial Wild Things Conference, bringing together volunteers, advocates, citizen scientists, researchers, and nature enthusiasts from across the Chicago region. We look forward to welcoming you …

Some gardens offer regular opportunities for individuals to participate in work days or events that happen on a regular basis and welcome volunteers. CCGA is maintaining a list of which gardens host such events so if you know of a …

2017 Grants Available to Gardens

Illinois School yard Habitat Action Grant Program Deadline: November 30, 2017 These grants are focused on conservation practices, so funding may not apply to the vegetable production but might help with native perennial planting and supporting the triple B’s (Birds, …

 

Call for Volunteers for CCGA Conference

Can You Help CCGA?  We need approximately 25-30 volunteers to help us on Saturday March 25th at the CCGA Conference.  We need volunteers to assist with CCGA membership, with workshop presenters and for general overall support. Please email Gina Jamison …

 

The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference – Saturday February 11

The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference 12:00-5:30 p.m. on February 11, 2017 Triton College, River Grove, IL Get practical advice on creating stunning home gardens using layers found in native ecosystems. These layers support life: soil organisms, insects, birds and more. …

 

Next CCGA Coordinating Meeting – Saturday February 18, 10am at CCGT

The next CCGA Coordinating Meeting is Saturday February 18th at 10am at the Chicago Center for Green Technology CCGT at 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. and will be focused on continued planning for the 2017 Annual Conference. We’ll meet on the …

 

USDA Grants for Projects in Cook County – Deadlines January 20 and March 20

Illinois State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding for individuals and groups who produce agricultural crops in Cook County. 2016 was the first year NRCS offered an …

 

Pullman Garden Club 2017 Winter Lecture Series – Sunday Jan. 22nd

Please join the Historic Pullman Garden Club, the Pullman State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency for the first presentation in the garden club’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series: “Building Garden Communities.” Christopher Weber, an environmental organizer and freelance journalist, …