5 Reasons to Attend the Peterson Garden Project Seed Swap...

The 8th Annual Peterson Garden Project Seed Swap is coming up on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Join us (and more than 150 gardeners) in the 2nd Floor Ballroom at Broadway Armory to start selecting seeds for your garden. Need a little more incentive to join us next Sunday? OK, here are five more reasons you should come to the seed swap: Meet fellow gardeners: Selecting seeds for your garden may be fun but swapping seeds with fellow gardeners is practically a party. It may be too early to get our hands dirty, but we can definitely “get in the weeds” about what we’re all planning to grow this year. Unique seeds: Select from seeds from Baker Creek, Seed Savers Exchange, Botanical Interests, Renee’s Garden, Hudson Valley Seed Library, and Lake Valley Seed Company. Plus, you’ll find seeds saved from individual gardens and the PGP Seed Saving Garden. Grow something new: Have you been growing the same beans for the past few years? Swap them out with something new to you. We encourage gardeners to bring saved seeds to swap. You can also bring leftover new or opened seed packets. Get help: Expert Gardeners will be at the seed swap to answer questions and offer sowing tips. We’ll also have demonstrations for winter/early spring seed sowing, homemade seed starting mix, and harvesting compost from worm bins. See the Community Cooking School: The seed swapping will be held in the 2nd Floor Ballroom at Broadway Armory – just down the hall from the Peterson Garden Project Community Cooking School, where there will be a Biscuits and Bloodys brunch right before the swap.  If you only know us from our gardens, this is a perfect chance to get a peek at the Community Cooking School. The Peterson Garden Project Seed...

2016 PGP Seed, Plant and Bake Sale: The Sale So Nice We’re Having It Twice!...

The Peterson Garden Project Plant, Seed and Bake Sale is back for another year and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. In fact, it’s a sale so nice we’re having it twice! Join us April 22-23 for a cool weather crop sale and then again on May 6-8 for a warm weather crop sale. The sales are going to be so big that we’re moving them to a new a location – 5035 N. Broadway – just north of Argyle Street in the Uptown neighborhood. It’s not mere hyperbole when we say that this year’s plant sale is our biggest ever. We’re putting together a pop up gardening superstore so big that we had to move it to a parking lot in Uptown. We’ll have varieties of plants not available anywhere else in Chicago – including a dwarf tomato grown exclusively for Peterson Garden Project. We’re adding a selection of edible flowers and new organic varieties to the inventory this year. Our expanded soil salon will include a visit from the Purple Cow Organics Soil Mobile. And we’ll have master gardeners on hand to help with plant selection and offer advice. Get all the specifics for each sale below: COOL CROPS SALE APRIL 22: 12PM – 4PM APRIL 23: 10AM- 4PM It can still get quite cool in Chicago in late April and early May so we’re focusing on those seedlings that can handle a little spring chill. Since the April sale coincides with opening day of the gardens on April 23rd, we’ll have everything you need to get your first garden going before weekend’s end. From soil and fertilizer to tools and seedlings, we’re turning the parking lot at 5035 N. Broadway into a pop up greenhouse. The Purple Cow Organics Soil Mobile will be parked and offering educational opportunities for gardeners....

Ten Things You Need to Know About PGP Membership 2014...

  All are welcome! Our mission is to teach people to grow their own food. You don’t need any gardening experience to participate Our gardens are short term (2-5 years) on borrowed/unused urban land – we call them Pop-up Victory Gardens PGP is a membership driven organization. When you register and pay the $75 fee, your membership includes classes, events, some supplies and tools and a 4×8 garden plot filled with organic soil. [FYI – you are not “renting” a garden space, you are part of a community. That means you need to do your part. If you want to just “rent” a space, this probably isn’t the project for you.] Scholarships are available if you can’t afford the membership fee Registration happens online at www.petersongarden.org Returning gardener registration is Feb 3-14 and new gardener registration is Feb 17 until the gardens are full Sign-up is on a first-come-first-served basis. We do keep a waiting list once gardens fill up just in case someone has to drop out The project is very popular with an 88% return rate for existing gardens – that means there’s not a lot of space available for new gardeners. Don’t be sad if you don’t get in this year – you can always volunteer Live orientation is mandatory for all gardeners. You will sign up for orientation when you register New gardens are built by the community (that means YOU) and open when construction is complete. We have two new Pop-up Victory Gardens being built in 2014 – one in Rogers Park at Howard and Ashland and one in Albany Park on the NEIU campus at Foster and St. Louis There is a lot of demand during the registration period. Please be patient and we will answer your questions as...

Come Grow With Us!

What is The Peterson Garden Project? The Peterson Garden Project (PGP) is a federal 501c3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. For more information: www.petersongarden.org Our mission: To recruit, educate and inspire a new generation of home and community gardeners who want to gain control of their food supply, grow their own produce organically, and make urban food gardening the norm—not the exception. How do you accomplish your goals? We provide education, support and materials to teach people to grow their own food organically in an urban setting. Part of our activity includes the creation of Pop-up Victory Gardens so urbanites have a place to learn. What is a Pop-up Victory Garden? The original Victory Gardens of WW2 were created in all available open space – including private property. When the war was over, these spaces reverted back to their intended use. A modern Pop-up Victory Garden is a similar concept – unused privately owned urban space is converted to a community-based allotment garden where families and individuals can learn to grow their own food. The gardens all use organic methods and produce food only. Since we are not in a wartime situation, and most urban open land is highly desirable, a Pop-up Victory garden lasts only as long as the property owner makes it available which can be as little as two years. To learn more about WW2 Victory Gardens, watch our founder LaManda Joy’s Library of Congress lecture HERE. Who participates in a Pop-up Victory Garden? Each Pop-up Victory Garden community is made up of families, neighbors, volunteers, Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, local groups, city organizations, students and others interested in becoming part of a garden community and growing their own food organically. These gardens are large, lovely places and participants must...

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun...

Spring is officially winding down, and it’s hard to believe how quickly time flies. But as they say, time accelerates when you’re having fun, and it’s certainly a thrill being in the gardens in spring, preparing them to open for the season and watching them flourish. As per usual, spring was a fickle time this year in Chicago, and we can already feel the steady uptick in temps indicating summer. Cheers to a great season, and we’ll see you on the other side of the solstice (that’s this Friday, June 21)! Volunteer of the Week With gardening season comes volunteer season! Peterson Garden Project would not be what it is without all of our wonderful, devoted volunteers, so each week we will be highlighting a volunteer who has really gone above and beyond to lend their talents, time, and energy to helping us. Each “Volunteer of the Week” will receive a free pair of Wells Lamont gardening gloves from Matty K’s Hardware (4874 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625). This week we would like to recognize Melissa Anderson! Melissa is a mega-volunteer at the Edible Treasures garden at The Field Museum, and has become a leader in planning the selection and placement of the large assortment of garden plants and seeds. Melissa, stop in to Matty K’s for a well-deserved pair of free gloves for being so awesome! PGP Gardens/Gardener News/Announcements Upcoming Classes & Events We’ve got some great stuff coming up soon! Here’s what is happening in the next few weeks: Sign up to build the Seed Saving Garden! Come help fill, build and plant the Seed Saving Garden that Kickstarter brought us! Saturday, June 22 from 1:30 to 4:30. Sign up by clicking here! (Stealth class-shhh!) Vedgewater is participating in a study...

Gardens Aflutter With Activity...

It’s shaping up to be a bustling summer season here at Peterson Garden Project! Not only have we got new gardens this year (raise your hands, Ashlandia and Swedish Covenant!), but there’s lots going on in the coming months. On the horizon, we’ve got a demo and lecture on worms, a concert series, group garden tours, and more in the works. Stay tuned to this newsletter for all your PGP 411, and we’ll see you in the gardens! Volunteer of the Week With gardening season comes volunteer season! Peterson Garden Project would not be what it is without all of our wonderful, devoted volunteers, so each week we will be highlighting a volunteer who has really gone above and beyond to lend their talents, time, and energy to helping us. Each “Volunteer of the Week” will receive a free pair of Wells Lamont gardening gloves from Matty K’s Hardware (4874 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625). This week we would like to recognize Chun Chow! Chun is a Land On Lincoln gardener who has been with PGP from the beginning. His generosity never ceases to inspire us and he is always willing to lend a hand, whether it be building beds, renting a truck to transport materials, digging trenches for water hoses, or just doing a favor for a fellow gardener in need. We often find ourselves saying, “We couldn’t have done that without our hero Chun!” Chun, stop in to Matty K’s for a well-deserved pair of free gloves for being so awesome! PGP Gardens/Gardener News/Announcements We need your heirloom tomatoes Do you have any extra, interesting heirloom tomato, cucumber, or pepper seedlings? Check out the list of vegetables at Slow Food/Ark of Taste and at Seed Savers Exchange. If you have any...

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