gardening

By: Morgan Ripp

Tis’ the season, the growing season that is! It has finally arrived after a long hard winter and for gardeners the growing season beats Christmas by a land-slide. This is Morgan here and I have been part of the Growing Food and Sustainability team since the beginning in 2012. I’ve spent my time this past year volunteering with the Hinahara sisters and working with children at the youth garden. Even though my time spent will be limited this summer with GFS I am continuing to take part in gardening with local community members and will be a face around the town.

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I’ve got to say that it has been a splendid summer thus far with plenty of rain and sunshine and I hope we are as lucky in the following months to produce a bountiful crop yield. This past week I have picked more strawberries than I could have ever imagined. Being a new gardener as I have been this past year, I have had an eye opener with how much food one can grow within the own boundaries of their yard. I’m telling you, if anyone would wants to cut down on their grocery bill, all they have to do is plant a small garden in their backyard.

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Late last month, LETS GO Chicago teamed up with independent filmmaker Brendan Brown to produce this short video about our work building up the green economy in Chicago. The video was made for our online fundraising campaign on the FunderHut website, but also tells our story in general for those who are curious.

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It’s a cliche, but a picture may actually be worth a thousand words. What better way to catch up on all of the exciting things we’ve been up to?!

Coop Power has kept us busy, air sealing, insulating, and exploring crawl spaces.

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The most lovely thing about traveling is not wanting to leave one place for another, not wanting to leave new friends.  My name is Tara and I had the privilege to meet and connect with many of the good people working on Summer of Solutions in Hartford.

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