You may not believe it, but spring is just around the corner. And it’s time now to register for a garden plot at the “Hello! Howard Community Garden.”
Hello! Howard Community Garden is located at the southeast corner of Howard Street and Ashland Avenue. I worked with the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning to purchase this parcel of land in December, 2013, after it had been foreclosed upon by a bank. I am currently looking for responsible developers to develop the site.
In the meantime, rather than allow the land to remain fallow, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and I asked the Peterson Garden Project to turn the eyesore into productive use as a community garden.
Last year dozens of experienced and novice gardeners tended to their garden plots and created an abundance of locally grown food. Returning gardeners have just registered for this coming year, but many garden plots are still available.
To register for a garden plot at the Hello! Howard Garden, CLICK HERE.
People interested in gardening with Peterson Garden Project do not need any prior gardening experience. The mission of the project is to teach people how to grow their own food, so they are looking to recruit “grewbies”–their term for people new to the process.
Membership in Peterson Garden Project is $75 and includes education, events, some supplies and a 4×8 garden plot. Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All gardeners, including returning gardeners, are required to attend a mandatory orientation session. If you do not attend the mandatory orientation session your membership fee will be refunded and your plot assigned to someone on the waitlist.
Scholarships are available for low income residents. For more information on scholarships, contact Paul Reise at the Rogers Park Business Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-508-5885.
I can’t wait for the growing season to start!