Thanks to everyone who volunteered, attended, supported, or otherwise took part in a Rogers Park Garden Group event in 2013! It was a very successful year, and we're already busy behind the scenes, planning and preparing for an even better 2014.
huge THANK YOU to all our members - your support and continued membership makes a difference in the Rogers Park community.
Our September Meeting:
GARDENING IN ROGERS PARK
plus a tour of the Uncommon Ground certified organic rooftop garden!
Attendees enjoyed a tour of the Uncommon Ground certified organic rooftop garden, plus presentations by RP neighbors who received RPGG grants to garden in local public spaces, sharing in their triumphs and tribulations of gardening in the public way. If you missed it, read a report here.
Curious about how many public way gardens the RPGG has funded? Here is a map created by Emily Kelley showing all that's been sown in the past 5 years. Thank you, Emily!
The Uncommon Ground garden is the first rooftop garden to be certified organic in the entire country! Everything they raise ends up on the menu. Their tours normally cost $10 per person.
RPGG meetings are free to members, and $5 for all others.
Anyone can attend an RPGG meeting at any time, and all are welcome!
DID YOU MISS THE AUGUST ELAWA FARM TOUR? You can read a report all about it here and read a list of recommended resources here from Elawa's Farm Manager, Jesse Rosenbluth.
Elawa Farm is one of the last remaining gentleman farms in the Midwest, and dates back to the early 1900s.
What's happening at the Rogers Park Metra Community Garden?
The Metra Garden is located on Ravenswood, at the Greenleaf (north) end of the Rogers Park Metra stop.
One of our community’s most spectacular public gardens, the Rogers Park Metra Community Garden needs your support to stay that way.
It's up to us Rogers Parkers to 'clean and green' this community garden that's enjoyed by hundreds of commuters and Metra riders each day!
For more information or if you want to help, contact the RPGG volunteer coordinator here.
'Happy Hour' at the Metra Garden on Friday, September 27
Metra Garden 'Green & Clean' on Saturday, September 28
Renew Your RPGG Dues or Join Here
The Glenwood Sunday Market. Every Sunday June 2 - Oct. 27, 9 am - 2 pm. Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. Enjoy the best local farmers and artisans have to offer at the indoor market from cheese, bakery, and chocolate to spring vegetables, sausage, and much more. More information here.
Loyola University Chicago Farmers Market. Every Monday June 10 - Oct. 14, 3- 7 pm. Local growers, local producers. Fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, cheese, bread, knife sharpening and more. More information here.
Garden Tours, Classes, Events and More
Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program - Install Rain Barrels, Plant Trees, Start Composting: Green Your Yard, Green Your Wallet. The city of Chicago is offering rebates of up to 50%, detailed instructions on how to get greening, and more. Check it out here. Got a rain barrel and want to install it before the next downpour, handy instructions can be found here.
News You Can Use
Free ebooklet from Midwest Permaculture. Guide to the most common plant guilds. Check it out here.
Chicago Grows Green provides homeowners with information on maintaining laws and gardens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, storm water runoff, and dependence on toxic chemicals. A guidebook, available here, provides additional information on the program.
The Local Beet: Chicago. New(ish) community site dedicated to the practical approach to local eating. Lots of interesting features, listings of farmer's markets around the city, blogs, and much more. Check it out now.
Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz awarded Helen Hull Award for 2012 for Literary Horticultural Interest for their book, The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants. Also, the new edition of the Prairie Directory of North America - The United States, Canada, and Mexico by Charlotte and Bernard is now available wherever books are sold. Also available in Kindle format. Check it out.
Get the latest on garden meetings, workshops, events, farmer's markets, and more around the city here.