Chicago Guerrilla Gardens:
PHILOSOPHIES AND OBJECTIVES – political gardening, a form of direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists. Neglected public spaces are reclaimed and maintained by the people. It is rooted in land rights, land reform, and permaculture.
DESIGN: relatively low maintenance, self-sustaining, perennial flora and crops
SITES IN CHICAGO:
Milwaukee / Oakley
near Odd Obsession and the teacher supply store
what to look for: wild flowers and greens
Evanston central Stop
exit train. walk one block east. make a right. walk along the train to the end of the cul-de-sac.
look for: peonies, lily pond, vines, rose gardens, small twiggy fences
City Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm bordering two very diverse Chicago neighborhoods: Cabrini-Green and the Gold Coast. The farm boasts thirty varieties of tomatoes as well as beets, carrots, potatoes, gourmet lettuces, herbs and melons. All produce is grown in composted soil generated from various sources, such as restaurant trimmings from some of the city’s finest kitchens.
The Farm has a compost deposit for the local residents, produce, flowers, and plants used in paper making. Paper making demos and Art Installations too. It brought life beauty and information to the logan square community.
work exchange program for organic farms around the world! Room and board, not to mention training in organic farming. Knowledge and experience in exchange for labor… sounds like an ideal trade off