Want to Buy a Compost Bin in Chicago?


Are you interested in buying an Earth Machine Compost Bin?

The price is $65. each, which includes shipping and tax.  Read more »

Morel Mushrooms

Morel.  Photo by Ron Kerner.

Photo Credit Ron Kerner, Indianamushrooms.com


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Backyard Composting

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Not that long ago, I would never have considered having a compost bin in my backyard.

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Paseo Prairie Garden Annual Plant Sale !! May 11th and May 12th

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What:  Annual Paseo Prairie Garden Mother’s Day Plant Sale
When:  Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: 2614 N. Kedzie, in Chicago, at the intersection of
Milwaukee and Kedzie Avenues (Blue Line Logan Square stop).

Read further for AWESOME list of plants for sale!

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Planting Seeds….Heirloom, Hybrid, Organic

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Interview: Cristen Lain at Lane Tech High School Aquaponics Program

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Chicago has now become the home to several aquaponics facilities, including a teaching lab established at Lane Tech High School on Chicago’s northside.  We recently asked Cristen Lain, the Academic Center & STEM Coordinator at Lane Tech, to tell us about Lane’s Tech’s aquaponics lab, and their remarkable, highly innovative program.

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Interview: Farmed Here

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 Farmed Here is located in Chicago, and practices sustainable indoor farming.  Their produce is marketed directly to grocery retailers, organic and specialty stores and restaurants – some of the retail stores that sell their produce include Whole Foods and Mariano’s.   Jolanta Hardej founded the company and is currently its CEO.   She has graciously agreed to answer our questions about the farm and their innovative growing practices.

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What is ‘Chicago Farm and Table’?

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Our mission is to serve as an objective directory and information base… an all-in-one source for Chicagoans seeking information on any or all of the following topics : locally grown, organic, sustainably grown, grass-fed, free-range, urban agriculture, community supported agriculture, farmer’s markets, and local restaurants, bakeries and other dining establishments that support any or all of the above.  We have  information on ‘do-it-yourself’ subjects like beekeeping, chicken raising, urban gardening and seasonal cooking tips.  We want you to see all your options; so you can be a smarter consumer, eat better, and all with greater ease.

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Windy City Coop Tour 2012





Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Present the 3rd Annual Windy City Coop Tour

Chicago, IL – On Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, Chicagoland chicken-keepers will again open their yards to visitors during the 3rd Annual Windy City Coop Tour, sharing their enthusiasm for raising chickens in the city.  Visitors can tour any or all of nearly 20 coop locations during this free, self-guided event, which starts at 10AM and ends at 2PM each day.

Keeping backyard chickens is legal in Chicago and some surrounding suburbs, including Evanston and Oak Park. In recent years, more area residents are raising chickens at home, often integrated with backyard gardens, compost systems, beehives, and other elements of urban food production.

Visitors on the Windy City Coop Tour meet chickens and their people, and learn how city dwellers are incorporating chickens and more into their yards and lifestyles. Visitors can ask Tour hosts about coops, feed, breeds, costs, and their experiences raising healthy chickens in the city and suburbs.

Since 2007, Tour organizer Linda Nellett has raised chickens in her backyard for their eggs and contributions to fertilizing her garden.  She believes educating chicken keepers is essential to keeping birds healthy and neighbors (and city government) happy.

“You can learn a lot from books and websites, but to get grounded in tending urban gardens and livestock, you really need to see and practice.  The Tour is a great way for people to see several examples and get connected to the network of backyard chicken keepers in Chicago.”

More information, including maps of coop locations and descriptions, is on the Windy City Coop Tour page on the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts website

The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts, a forum for people in and around Chicago who keep, or are interested in keeping, backyard chickens.  Tour sponsors include Angelic Organics Learning Center , Home to Roost urban chicken consulting and Backyard Chicken Run home delivery service.

The above press release from Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts is also published on the web as Windy City Coop Tour 2012  and on their website

Farm Crawl This Weekend: Saturday August 18th !!

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What’s a farm crawl? It’s a chance for you to spend a day in the country visiting a variety of small, family farms on a single day. All of the farms are in the vicinity of Odell, Dwight, and Cornell, off I-55 about 30-45 minutes south of the I-80 exchange at Joliet. You’ll be able to see a variety of livestock and buy locally grown products directly from the farmers who grow them! Read more »
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