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5.4.18 Updates, Workdays and Orientations
Hi everyone. We’ve had some delays on sharing info because of last minute issues with the site – sewers, water mains, City Council approvals, you know, the basic stuff. But all that has been settled and work is beginning!
As of last week, you may have noticed temporary fencing around the site. This is in advance of the excavation work that will commence as soon as the site dries out (it is currently a mud pit from the torrential rain we experienced earlier this week). Pavers and permanent fencing are the next construction steps after excavation is complete.
Ground breaking ceremony:
Leave work early on Friday, May 11 and join us for a ground breaking ceremony at 3pm on-site (weather permitting)
Mandatory orientations: 
All GrowUptown gardeners are required to attend one of two sessions. We may do a pick-up session at a later date but that is TBD. Orientation is mandatory, if you don’t attend we refund your membership.
Volunteer Work Days:
We’re going to start building the raised beds concurrently as the contractors lay the pavers. The contractors will place the beds as they go along so, when the paving is done the beds are already in place and ready to be filled with soil.
The links explain the type of work and what you can bring to help – aside from your excited self!
  • Saturday, May 19 – Shift 1: 9:30 – Noon Sign up HERE
  • Saturday, May 19 – Shift 2: 1:00 – 4:00pm Sign up HERE
  • Wednesday, May 23, 5-8pm Sign up HERE
  • Wednesday, May 30 5-8pm Sign up HERE
We are shooting for the garden to open second week in June. Stay tuned here and to the PGP newsletter for updates. PRAY TO THE WEATHER GODS because all this rain will sloooowwwww things down and delay our ability to get in the garden. Garden opening also depends on the number of volunteers who show up to help build beds and fill beds with soil. You put the COMMUNITY in community garden! Also…
Please add [email protected] and [email protected] to your email address book. We have a terrible time with certain providers not making our communications available. Also check your spam folders. For now, this blog will be the best place to get new and updated info. Please feel free to send questions to [email protected]. Once we do orientation, you’ll learn more about our Garden Member portal which will also be a place to receive information and ask questions.
We’re on our way, GrowUptown! Get excited!
4.5.18 Membership is Open!
Membership is officially open for the new GrowUptown garden! Register soon!
2.19.18 Notes on Community Meeting
Thanks to the lovely future GrowUptown gardeners who joined us at Heartland Alliance Health Center on Monday, February 19 for our community meeting!
We talked about the plans, and potential obstacles, for GrowUptown opening for 2018. We’re optimistic but feel transparency is always the best option.
Here’s the tentative plan:
  • Registration opens: TBD
  • April 10: Mandatory Orientation
  • Mid-April: Funds released from city, begin fencing and paving work (approximately six weeks)
  • Late May: Build and fill beds – volunteers needed
  • June 1: Garden Open (Tentative)
  • November 4: All gardens close for the season

Here are the potential obstacles:

  • Weather
  • Volunteers/community participation
  • Funding delays
  • Force Majeure

We’ll keep everyone updated as we learn more. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know! You can also follow us on Facebook.

Also, without hard working partners, projects like this could never happen. A quick thanks to those who have supported GrowUptown to date and in the future! We are grateful for you!

1.30.18   GrowUptown registration delayed
Yesterday we received unexpected information from the City of Chicago that will impact the start date for building GrowUptown. Until we can confirm when we can build the garden (and if we can get our members in for a reasonable length 2018 growing season), we are postponing registration for this garden.
  • Join us at the community meeting on February 19 and we will share what we know at that time. We will also post all updates on this page.
  • Returning gardeners who registered to move to GrowUptown, until this matter is clarified, we are moving you back to your original garden and plot. If you have questions about your previous garden or plot, please email [email protected] 
We will keep everyone updated as we learn more