A Community of Gardeners...

Register Now for 2017 Membership When Peterson Garden Project was born in 2010, I never suspected it would grow into the far-reaching educational organization it is today, including the addition of our Community Cooking School and expanding our mission to encompass a plot-to-plate approach to teach people how to grow AND cook their own food. It’s important to remember that the inspiration for our first garden, and Peterson Garden Project as a whole, was VICTORY; reminding ourselves that we can band together, teach each other and help our communities thrive like the WW2 Victory Garden movement. Some things have changed since 2010 – our political climate for one – but our core mission remains the same. The WW2 Victory Garden model still inspires us to use vacant urban land to teach people how to grow their own food and to learn meaningful skills as we gather for a meal together in the Community Cooking School. Victory is still at the heart of PGP and, in 2017, we have new victories to achieve. First is making sure that our gardens are open and welcoming to everyone – no matter where you’re from, what language you speak, your income level, class, color or creed. It’s worth repeating, unequivocally: our program is and always will be open to everyone. In Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook, I shared the lessons I learned from PGP about people being the most important part of our—and any successful—community garden program. Community is more important than ever. While our core values remain the same, we’re also adjusting to changing times—and your feedback. First, this year’s revamped orientation program allows more gardeners from each garden to connect face-to-face. We’re also asking that everyone spend at least two to four hours volunteering...

Spring Has Sprung!

Can you hear the sound of birds chirping? Can you smell the faint hint of green? At long last, it is starting to feel like spring! This prolonged winter had us feeling antsy, and we can’t wait to get gardening with you! It’s just about time to start cleaning up gardens and moving in, and we’re prepared to start offering online classes and Grewbie classes (more details below) for those of you who are bursting at the seams with excitement. Stay tuned to our We Can Grow It blog for gardening tips and ideas in the coming weeks. And keep your eyes on our Garden With Us page for announcements on new garden locations. Breathe it in… spring has sprung. What’s a Kickstarter? It’s called “crowdsourcing” and it’s a way to raise money on line by harnessing the power of the Friend (that’s you!). We’ve teamed up with our site-partners Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm and North River Commission to raise money for “Bees and Seeds”—the installation of beehives and a seed-saving garden. Please drop in to our Kickstarter page today and make a donation in any amount! The Project page is at j.mp/GlobalKickStart. Orientation Location has MOVED All Orientations will be held at Atlantic Bar & Grill– 5062 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60625. Atlantic Bar & Grill has been a gracious supporter of PGP from the beginning, and they are letting us use their back room for free for all orientations. Please consider grabbing some food and/or drink before or after your orientation to show some support this wonderful local business. Volunteer help still needed for orientations We need a few volunteers per orientation to help check off names of those who attended. If you volunteer to help at one of the orientation...

It’s Starting to Feel Like Spring...

Slowly but surely, it’s starting to feel like spring. Have you got the itch to get out in the gardens? Because we certainly do! As spring continues to get springier, we’ll be posting tips and ideas for gardeners on our We Can Grow It blog in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! Considering how quickly you filled our existing gardens, it looks like gardening fever is indeed going around! Those of you on wait lists, we’ll be able to give some of you plots, and for the rest, be sure and stay tuned to our Garden With Us page, as we’ll be announcing new garden locations in April. Gardener News & Announcements The positive benefits of volunteering goes both ways. Fact: volunteers report better connections with friends and community, improved social skills, and increased self-confidence. Peterson Garden Project exists because of our great volunteers like you. And for potential volunteers, we’d like to show you what we’re all about at our annual Volunteer Soiree. Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. to see how your particular awesomeness can plug into the bigger picture. The soiree is free, and takes place at The Atlantic Bar & Grill at 5062 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. Volunteering is a win-win-win! Please click here for more information and to RSVP so we know how to plan. It is a fun night! Don’t miss it! Upcoming Classes & Events Hot Crops Seed Starting Did you know that there are at least three different kinds of lights that you can use to start seeds? A shop light with a “hot” and a “cold” bulb, or a special grow light work great, but if your space is limited, you can put a high wattage (150 or 200) CFL in...

Thank You!

It’s been a busy few days for us here at Peterson Garden Project. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show was a great success, and we enjoyed seeing all of you at our Victory Today exhibit. Thanks to Chicagoist, Shawna Coronado, and The Local Beet for the shout outs! We were also in attendance at the Good Food Festival & Conference this past weekend, talking seed swaps and community gardens. In other news, we’re excited to get gardening, and clearly so are you, seeing as existing gardens are full! We’re announcing additional garden locations in April, so stay tuned for those. Things have been busy, but we’re just getting started. Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Donors We’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and donors who made our exhibit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show possible: Bonnie Plants, Lake St. Landscape Supply, Corona Tools, Gardeners Supply, Chalet, Senn Highschool, Means of Production, and Subaru. We love you all! And Our Awesome Volunteers We’d also like to offer a special HUGE thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped with the show: Chris Braun, Britta Hernalsteen, Caryn Silcock, Darka Powers, Barb Kirchner, Barb Duslak, Lin Prucher, Anita Sheperd, Diane Botica, Laura McInerney, Anne Wiley, Karen Magiera, Sara Shesky, Tyana Wachter, Jennifer Berman, Anne Rozmin, Kathleen McCabe, Pamela Lund, Susie Novak, Leah Lenardic, Ray Blanchard, Nebi Berhane, Craig Curry, Sarah Mallin, Kandace Cantrell, Toni Andreina, Anna Kong, Nina Kong, Marcia Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Colleen Cetera, Jackie Tanaka, Keri Wenzel, Jill Bartels, Mary Pandergast, Alex Poltorak, Steve Clark, Seneca Kern, Jake Klippenstein, Ethan Bass, Sally Gregory, Alexandra Nelson, Maribeth Brewer, Leah Ray, Les Palmiano, and Julie Wisnewski. And let’s not forget our Victory Today designers Mark Kanazawa and Patrick Ewing. We just simply...

Registration Rundown

Well folks, the time has come: registration is now open for the 2013 Peterson Garden Project. We can practically smell the gardens and hear the birds chirping already. We’ve got four garden locations currently, with additional locations to be announced soon. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, registration is open until gardens are full, with spots allotted on a first come, first served basis, so hop to it! 2013 Garden Locations Global Garden (Lawrence and Sacramento) (GARDEN FULL) Land on Lincoln (Lincoln and Sacramento) Montrose Green (Montrose, at the Montrose Brown Line stop) Vedgewater (Broadway at Rosemont) (GARDEN FULL) Register here: http://salsa.petersongarden.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6960 Note: Stars Garden will close this year. Previous Stars gardeners have been given priority registration at Land on Lincoln through March 1. Additional locations will be announced soon — we’ll update this list as soon as we have confirmed all logistics. Key Registration Dates 3/18 – New garden location registration opens. Anyone wishing to become a member at one of our new 2013 garden locations can register today. We are still finalizing details around new garden locations, and as soon as they are finalized, we will announce their names and addresses. Updates on Full Gardens Gardens are filling up fast, and here’s what you need to know: – Vedgewarer and Global Garden are both full. If you’re on a wait list, you’ll be refunded your $75 membership fee (more info on that below) and added to a non-payment list. If you are then in at a garden officially, we’ll ask you to sign up and pay. To sign up for the Global Garden wait list, visit here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50363/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=70693 To sign up for the Vedgewater wait list, visit here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50363/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=70690 Stay tuned to this newsletter and our Facebook page for updates on full gardens and wait...

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