Think Green!

That old ditty about April showers has sure held true this year. We hope you’re all safe and dry after last week’s weather! Ever so slowly, through all the rain, we can feel the weather turning. Sun is shining more steadily, the grayness of winter is being replaced by green, and gardens are finally ready.

And speaking of new gardens, we’re pleased to announce the new Swedish Covenant workplace garden! Other stuff on our minds this week: Kickstarter success, Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm, Grow2Give, and more. Read on for all the fruitful details!

General Garden Info

Vedgewater, Montrose Green and Global Garden are open! Thanks everyone who attended orientations at The Atlantic Bar and Grill. We had a blast and hope you did too. For information on the gardens, plus garden rules, visit our Garden With Us page. We are working on getting soil amendments and tools to the garden for this weekend as we know you want to get in there and start gardening!

Land on Lincoln: Huge thanks to the volunteers who have helped us move from Stars Garden so quickly! Now, we are eagerly awaiting installation of an on-site water source (like the one we had at the original Peterson Garden, for you old-timers). After the water goes in, we will put the remaining beds in place, number them, assign plots, deliver soil, and begin gardening. We’ll update you as soon as we know more about the timing of the water; we are working with the City to get that set.

We Made Our Goal!

As the Kickstarter site now says, “this project will be funded.” Thank you to everyone who has already pledged. But we don’t need to stop here! Let’s raise more money for Bees and Seeds— make a pledge today, and be sure to click that “share” button when you do so your friends can join, too!

What Are They Growing On That Farm?

Did you know that we share our Global Gardens site with an urban farm? The Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm helps families from Burma and Bhutan bring their native farming skills to their new home. You can find out what they’re growing by pledging just $50 to $99 at our Kickstarter “Bees and Seeds” page. We’ll pack up a veggies sampler of produce from the Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm in a limited edition Bees and Seeds reusable bag. Click here to make a pledge at our Kickstarter page!

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 David Kodeski, former hard working Stars Gardener who is at Global Garden this year. David, stop in to Matty K’s for a pair of free gloves for being so awesome!

Online Planting Class April 24

Tune in to our online planting class on April 24 to help prepare you to settle in with your new garden plot. Click here for more info and to sign-up!

Announcing Swedish Covenant Workplace Garden

We’re thrilled to announce the latest member of our brood, the Swedish Covenant Workplace Garden. This garden will be for employees of Swedish Covenant and the garden is already full! We’re looking forward to partnering with the nutritionists at SCH to share garden healthy ideas with everyone this summer. To follow along as the garden grows (and get lots of other awesome info) click here.

Plant Sale

Save the date for our spring plant and bake sale May 10 through May 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. 
We’ll be offering a very special selection of seedlings that were personally selected by Peterson Garden Project gardeners for growing in Chicago. All seedlings will be heirlooms sourced from our friends at Seed Savers Exchange, and they will be organically grown by Lake Street Landscape Supply. You’ll be able to find veggies that you just can’t get elsewhere, such as Purple de Milpa Tomatillos. These are the tomatillos that grow wild in Mexican cornfields, and they are prized for their flavor. They’re pretty, too—who can resist a purple tomatillo? Get them while they last at the Plant Sale!

We’re looking for volunteers to help us out at our Plant Sale! Visit our Classes & Events page for dates and hours. Your helping hands are much appreciated!

What’s Going on with Grow2Give?

If you want to get notices about special Grow2Give workdays we MUST know which garden you want to help with. Please send a quick email to [email protected] and let us know your first and second garden choices for volunteering. You WILL NOT receive special emails about Grow2Give workdays unless we have this information.

Helping Our Partners

Help the Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm

The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm is partnering with Groupon Grassroots for a week-long fundraising campaign to give the 5-year-old farm a facelift. Like a usual Groupon campaign, they need to tip before the deal is on – help them get to $700 for soil amendments, new lumber and installation of a drip irrigation system. The ASCF is a community food pantry garden in Logan Square that donates their harvests to local families in need, in partnership with Christopher House. Click here to help them out: bit.ly/CornerFarmGroupon.

Bingo Night

Feast for Friends Park Garden at Eugene Field Park is having a bingo night! Help them raise seed money (pun intended!) for summer gardening education and a mural. Families welcome. Click here for more information.