The Edible Treasures...

  Guest post by Maribeth Brewer  …from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. ― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species   Opening in the spring of 2012, the Edible Treasures Garden at The Field Museum of Natural History...

Invite native pollin...

Urban gardening is the radical act of rethinking our place in the economic and physical landscape; we are, for the space of a midwest summer, shortening the human food chain, lessening our dependence on industrial agriculture, and re-establishing the connection between food and community that...

Seed Starting for Fa...

Although we’re just picking our first tomatoes, it’s already time to think about starting seeds for fall harvests. Starting seeds in mid-July is largely the same as starting seeds in early spring, but keep in mind: Many homes are a little warmer now with the summer heat, so seeds...

Toward Windy City To...

Even if you started gardening only this year, you’ve probably already discovered that urban gardeners and farmers face a number of unique challenges, from uncertain water supplies to soil of widely varying quality. These challenges could be addressed through plant selection and...

Kris Pierre: Thankfu...

LaManda Joy first met Kris Pierre through the North River Commission.  It was Kris, Director of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University on Chicago’s northwest side, who told LaManda about “Reimagining Food,” their all-campus project to address food issues in the curriculum, the...