making it happen! Check out their kickstarter campaign
Chicago ‘Cooperation Operation’ to Transform South Side Lot into Creative Farm-scape
by Whitney Richardson
The Cooperation Operation (Coop Op) is a diverse group of young social & food justice activists working to create a cooperatively run urban community garden in Chicago’s South Side Pullman neighborhood. A quarter of the homes in Pullman lay vacant. The abandonment is a result of riots in the 1960s and the spoils of an industrialized neighborhood. Additional indicators of neglect include disparate access to food, high rates of substance abuse and obesity and racial divide. The Coop Op, like many young farmers across America, woke up with the hope of urban agriculture, igniting change in pursuit of a better present and future, to restore the land and make peace. Continue reading
Featuring speakers from around the Midwest, the Mid-America Homesteading Conference will be held September 1 at Joliet Junior College. Participants will have a choice of three topics in each of the six, hour-long sessions presented throughout the day, including those appropriate for people who live in the city, suburbs, or country.
“There has been a huge increase in people’s desire to become more self-reliant in the past few years,” said conference organizer Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living. “And you don’t have to live in the country to become self sufficient. I know people in Chicago, the suburbs, and small towns who are keeping chickens, beekeeping, composting, gardening, canning, and even keeping small goats to produce their own dairy products.” Continue reading
Sola Gratia Farm, LLC is hiring.
Position: Vegetable Farmer
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Start date: January, 2012
Duration: Full Time
Salary: $32,000 (benefits negotiable)
We seek a farmer to manage a 3 acre Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.
Responsibilities will include:
• develop a yearly fruit/vegetable growing plan
• plant, weed, water, and harvest produce Continue reading
funny to make electricity from sun, then grow plants with artificial lights… but it is cool to have a retrofit warehouse.
Here’s their website: The Plant
And an ABC piece about the project is here: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community/green&id=8401176
Please join the Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING) and Upper Midwest CRAFT for a summer gathering of young (and young at heart) farmers and friends!
Come meet and mingle with fellow young agrarians and take part in a lively weekend including:
- a tour of the historic Angelic Organics Farm with Farmer John Peterson Continue reading