Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens has announced the opening of their fourth greenhouse, a new facility located on Chicago's South Side in the historic Pullman neighborhood.
The rooftop of the Method Products manufacturing facility is the site of the new 75,000 square foot Chicago greenhouse, powered by 100% renewable energy. The greenhouse employs over 50 workers, including many from the Pullman community.
Gotham Greens, is a producer of pesticide-free produce grown through urban agriculture. The company's growing method is said to yield up to 30 times more crop per acre than field production, enabling the Pullman greenhouse to produce yields equivalent to over 50 acres of conventional field production.
The company also recycles 100% of its irrigation water, and aims for a lighter environmental footprint by growing locally.
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It's hard to believe that 10 years have gone by since the opening of the Children's Garden at Morton Arboretum.
Since then, countless children have meandered the paths, climbed the mazes, slid down the slides, splashed in the fountains and ponds, and learned about their connection to nature from a visit to the garden.
According to a news release today from the park district's website, "Agencies were judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials."
The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. The Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to win the prestigious award.
If you've ever dreamed of owning and working your own sustainable farm business, now is your chance to learn directly from Midwest farmers. Angelic Organics Learning Center in Calendonia, IL is accepting applications for their winter farmer training program.
This week is the final week to submit application materials for the center's training program, Stateline Farm Beginnings, which begins October 11. The program runs until March 2015. Organizers say Stateline Farm Beginnings has launched more than 55 new sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since its inception in 2005.
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The weather may still be reasonably warm in most parts of the country, but for gardeners, now is the time to think about your fall garden plans, if you haven't already begun.
Today I headed out to the garden to decide which plants will stay in my 3 foot by 4 foot garden box bed, and which ones have seen better days. I realize I am already behind on my late summer seed planting, although I do have some squash I planted in late July that I hope to harvest in several weeks.
My starter eggplant, (above) which I also planted in July, is growing now quite steadily. In my experience, eggplant often don't produce as well in the heat, but wait until more mild temps.
Something I might try for the first time this fall, although it looks like it's a summer harvest, is garlic. We Grow Garlic is written by a family in Wisconsin that grows and sells garlic and hosts a garlic growing blog with tons of information on growing garlic througout the, cold, cold Midwestern winter.
Garden Clean up
When fall arrives, I'm usually pretty busy with our shifted schedule of work and classes, but I do like to take some time now to remove any remaining weeds, rocks, or debris in the soil, not to mention dropped leaves or squashed fruits.
I will be removing my green beans and cucumbers for sure in these next few days. My sugar baby watermelon looks nice, as you can see in the first photo. But only one of them is close to harvest size and I've been told that sugar babies aren't ripe until the stem dries up or at least looks dried up. Not so for mine, so this looks to be a failed experiment. Watermelon love heat and this past summer in Chicago, for the most part was a cooler one, especially early in June.
If you are not growing more vegetables for fall, but hoping for a better harvest next season, you could get the garden ready for next growing season with a cover crop, also known as "green manure" because of the beneficial nutrients that they add to your garden soil. These can be worked into the soil after they are mowed down or cut down, rather than harvested and will also help prevent soil erosion.
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