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Black Sox, Green Thumbs Community Garden Benefit, 4/16

2 Apr

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Into the whole “organic food” movement, but would rather drink and talk about it? We’ve got an event for you!

The Rock Island Public House (RIPH) is holding a *Blue Island Community Garden Benefit that begins on April 16. The kickoff will be from 7-10 pm that night. Horse Thief Hollow Brewery has (awesomely) donated a keg of Black Sox Stout to the cause. While we COULD kill the keg in those 3 hours, the the RIPH will continue serving brews from the keg until it is finished, and all proceeds will continue to go towards the gardens.

MORE DETAILS

Address-
Rock Island Public House, The “RIPH”
13328 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL

Time:
Garden Supporters will gather from 7-10 pm on Wednesday, April 16th. However, proceeds from the keg will continue to go to the gardens until the keg is finished.

Ask’em For:
A brew from the Garden Keg, a Black Sox Stout

Contact:
Jason Berry, jberry@cityofblueisland.org
or
Wendy Walters, wwalters@cityofblueisland.org

 

*A little more on the history of the California Gardens Community Garden:

The California Gardens Community Garden (named CG2 by the gardeners) was a result of a grant called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, or CPPW. Awarded to the City of Blue Island in 2011 by the Cook County Department of Health and The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) . Blue Island was a pilot, or Model Community, for the program which also implemented a Healthy Corner Stores Initiative and an Active Transportation Plan.

Garden plots were built late in the Fall of 2011, and the garden saw it’s 1st full growing season in 2012. Formerly an old tomato farm, the soils at CG2 were fertile and set to produce food. The area around CG2 was (and still is) considered by the United States  Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be a Food Desert, or: a neighborhood without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food (Source: USDA: Food Deserts). A major goal of the garden was to remedy the area from being another statistic through teaching people to grew vegetables and fruits on their own, and to donate produce from community plots to those in need.

After the end of the 1st season, Garden Coordinator Jodi Prout applied for an AmeriCorps Member through a new program from PHIMC, the Healthy Communities Corps.  The AmeriCorps member helped to strengthen gardener and volunteer enrollment as well as connect the garden more to the wider Blue Island community. Alderman and Firemen showed up for Garden Workdays, garden volunteers enjoyed fresh food from the Community Potlucks hosted by CG2 Gardeners, the garden cared for a plot for a local restaurant, donated to St. Benedict’s Food Pantry Weekly, all in 2013.

As we enter our 3rd official season, we want to thank everyone in the Community for the support! The garden is close to maximum capacity this year, which is very exciting. This fundraiser could contribute to the expansion of CG2, which would allow more of our neighbors to grow.

Gardeners and guests, at a potluck during the 2013 season.

Gardeners and guests, at a potluck during the 2013 season. We thank you for your support!

 

Participate in a Blue Island Garden Project

2 Apr

Blue Island has 2 community gardens, whose memberships are quickly filling up for the 2014 Season! Both gardens have a secure water source, raised bed plots, access to tools and other resources.

There are volunteer and gardener dates in April for each! To find out more, contact Wendy at wwalters@cityofblueisland.org.

2013 Season for California Gardens Community Gardens, or CG2.

2013 Season for California Gardens Community Gardens, or CG2.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, April 12 from 10am-12pm, there will be a Seed Starting Workshop for both gardens that is open to all community members. Attendees can plant seeds for personal use and/or for the Annual Seedling Sale Fundraiser on May 22nd.

Tuesday, April 15 from 5:15-6:15pm, the Blue Island Community Health Coalition’s Gardening and Food Access Committee will be meeting to discuss and plan upcoming events for 2014 and beyond. If you are interested in joining the conversation or just seeing what it’s all about, come to the Memorial Park Fieldhouse, 12804 S. Highland Ave.

Wednesday, April 16 from 7-10pm, Black Sox, Green Thumbs Community Garden Benefit will be hosted at the Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island. Drink from a keg of Black Sox Stout and you will be supporting Blue Island Gardens! Thanks to Horse Thief Hollow Brewery for Donating an entire keg!

Thursday, May 22 from 2-6 pm, The Annual California Gardens Community Garden Fundraiser at Carr Gardens, 2357 York St, Blue Island.

Aeroponics gardening is somewhat as it sounds: the process of growing plants in the air, supported by a mist of nutrient rich water to the exposed roots. We are lucky to have such innovation, right here in Blue Island! Stop by today to take a look.

Aeroponic gardening is somewhat as it sounds: the process of growing plants in the air, supported by a mist of nutrient rich water to the exposed roots. We are lucky to have such innovation, right here in Blue Island! Stop by today to take a look.

Other Opportunities: 

Salvation Army Rooftop Garden:

Have you heard? The Salvation Army has a rooftop aeroponic vegetable garden. The produce is given to the kitchen downstairs to compliment senior lunches, and the rest is donated to the weekly food pantry on-site. The garden is IN NEED of volunteers! If you are interested contact the Salvation Army, (708) 332-0100.