I am hosting an informational meeting on the “Pop-Up Victory Garden” that will be installed this spring at the southeast corner of Howard and Ashland (see photo on right courtesy of DNAinfo/Benjamin Woodard). The meeting will be held Thursday, February 13th, 7:00 p.m. at theWillye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).
As you may recall, I announced last October that the Peterson Garden Project, in partnership with my office, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Howard Area Community Center developed a plan (see left) which calls for thetemporary use of the two-acre site as a community garden, with 130 to 150 raised garden beds.
The garden beds and an heirloom pumpkin patch will occupy the southern two-thirds of the property and the northern third would be reserved for community functions and events, such as outdoor festivals, farmers’ markets and the like. A stage will be constructed for concerts and theatrical performances.
The Peterson Garden Project is a volunteer organization committed to teaching people how to grow their own food organically. Community residents are invited to become members of the Peterson Garden Projectat $75 a year. Scholarships will be available for low income residents. In return for the dues, members will be given the right to garden on one of the raised beds and enroll in classes on organic gardening taught by the Project’s master gardeners. Applications for membership will be accepted at next Thursday’s meeting.
If you are interested in participating in the garden and learning how to grow your own food, attend next Thursday’s meeting or visit www.petersongarden.org.
For more information about the short- and long-term plans for the Howard/Ashland site, visit: