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, …

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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 …

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Holiday Plant Sale Wrap Up & Growing Tips

Avid CCGA gardeners don’t stop growing things when temperatures fall and days shorten. Folks came out in the snowy weather to the Holiday Plant Sale last weekend at the Center for Green Technology and found warm cider from NeighborSpace and packs …

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CCGA Bulb Distribution_ Saturday, October 15, 2016

The 2016 CCGA BULB DISTRIBUTION! The CCGA Resources Committee will hold its annual bulb distribution on Saturday, October 15, 2016. We hope you will come and get a nice sampling of bulbs to plant now for beautiful spring flowers. Here …

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ANOTHER CCGA Perennial Plant Distribution Friday, August 12, 2016

CCGA SECOND PERENNIAL PLANT DISTRIBUTION Elite Growers does it again! Elite is donating another group of perennials to CCGA! FRIDAY, August 12, 2016 New Horizons Community Garden 401 S. Central Park (southeast corner of Van Buren and Central Park) Note: Parking is available …

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Free Mulch for Community Gardens Year Round

The City of Chicago offers free mulch year-round at five Streets & Sanitation locations.  Mulch is available on a first come, first served basis.  Take your own containers and shovels. 4101 North Oak Park Avenue (Chicago Read Center) Grand and …

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CCGA Resources Committee June-July Plant Distributions

The Resources Committee held two Mini Distributions of vegetable and ornamental annual plant material in June, with more than 25 community gardens participating in each. Nick Michaud of Westover Farms donated beautiful vegetable seedlings as well as many flats of …

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KAM Isaiah Israel Farm & Food Forest School

2016 Summer Session Interested in learning about urban ag? How to grow food? How to design and install a food forest? Then please join us for any or all of eight free workshops this July and August at KAM Isaiah …

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Micro-grants Opportunity to Help Fight Hunger in Chicago

The CHIditarod Foundation is accepting applications from organizations whose mission is related to alleviating hunger, addressing food insecurity, and/or improving the lives of the public through education, food or hunger relief in the metropolitan Chicago area. Smaller, community-led organizations are especially …

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CCGA Resources Committee Spring Vegetable Distributions: Grow On!

5000 vegetable and flower seedlings and 135 community gardens; those are the statistics for this year’s Resources Committee distributions on May 7 and May 14.  The Resources Committee grew the seedlings in the Center for Green Technology greenhouse, and then distributed …

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