Thursday, October 9, 2014

RSVP for Green City Market's Final Edible Garden Workshop October 18

The Edible Gardens are one of Green City Market's primary educational outreach programs and consist of over 5000 square feet of beautiful, organically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, grains and flowers. Open to the public
fall garden_300through the November growing season, the gardens offer Chicagoans the opportunity to connect with the process of growing healthy, delicious food.The 2014 garden theme has been The Columbian Exchange, a phrase coined by historian Alfred Crosby in reference to the exchange of plants, animals, people, ideas and disease that took place between the Old World (Europe, Asia, Africa) and the New World (the Americas) following Christopher Columbus' historic voyages from Europe to the Americas beginning in 1492. 

Did you know that prior to 1492 there were no tomatoes in Italy, no potatoes in Ireland, no wheat in the Americas and no chili peppers in Thailand or India? Guests visit the garden and take a trip back in time through the New World back to the Old world and learn how the crops traveled to the countries they now define. 

In addition to welcoming drop-in visitors to the gardens, Green City Market offers free hands-on gardening workshops and hosts scheduled field trips throughout the year.

One workshop remains this year.
 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9 a.m. to noon - is the final Edible Garden workshop for the season. Time to Hit the Hay: Putting your Garden to Bed for Winter Workshop invites registrants to bundle up to help put the Edible Gardens to rest for the season.  The hands-on workshop involves pulling the remaining plants, laying hay and compost, saving seeds for next year's garden, focusing on dried beans and flower seeds.  Registrants are asked to bring pruners if they have them.
RSVP by sending an email to RSVP@greencitymarket.org and specify the workshop you would like attend.  Space is limited. The workshop is complimentary and open to the public.
The Edible Gardens are located across the road from Green City Market's Lincoln  Park outdoor location. They are centered inside Lincoln Park Zoo's 'Farm-in-the-Zoo' complex on Stockton Ave between Dickens Ave and North Ave. For general inquiries about the Garden email: ediblegardens@greencitymarket.org. For more information on field trips, including how to schedule a trip, email:ediblegardens@greencitymarket.org.
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