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News from the Rogers Park Garden Group

Posted on March 23, 2011

Garden Clippings

In This Issue
Chickens & Worms - Tues., 3/29 RPGG Meeting—Note New Venue!
News You Can Use
Events Around the Neighborhood & Town
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Greetings Rogers Park Gardener,
The calendar tells us that spring has arrived, and we’re starting to see confirmation in the budding trees, greening lawns, and bulbs sprouting up from the earth.  We’re looking forward to the new gardening season and hope you’ll join us in our upcoming programs and activities. 

Change of Venue

St. Paul’s Church by-the-Lake at 7100 N. Ashland Blvd.
It is hard to believe that just five years ago, three women sat in a room together discussing ways in which they could form an organization that could reach out to the community and unite it through gardening and beautification. Now we boast a membership of over 200.  With growth comes change. This year we’re moving to a new location that will address your needs. We will now be partnering with St Paul’s Church by-the-Lake at 7100 N. Ashland for this year’s programs.  One benefit to the new meeting location is on-site parking adjacent to the church (entrance from the alley off of Ashland).  We will meet in the Founder’s Room on the second floor. To get to the Founder’s Room, enter through the double-doors on Ashland (“Parish House” engraved in stone above the door); or if you have parked in the lot, enter the building through the red door at the north end of the building close to the alley. 

We heard you
In planning the programming for this year, we solicited your feedback and have made some changes to the timing of programs and events based on what you told us.  For the spring months, we will focus on education and informational sessions during our meetings at St Paul’s.  Then, for the warmer months, we’ll focus on garden sales and tours.  Once fall returns, we’ll be back at St Paul’s to share our success stories and gardening passions at our “5 by 5” meeting.

Thank you and farewell
As we have said many times before, the success of the Rogers Park Garden Group is due to the generosity of ourhosts, sponsors, donors, members and volunteers.  So we want to say thank you to the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church for all their support and providing the meeting space for us over the years. We also want to thank Helen and Michael Cameron of Uncommon Ground for their generosity in hosting our February meeting featuring speaker Beth Botts.  We are grateful to John Wiley and Sons Inc for their donation of several beautiful four-color gardening books that we will be offering as raffle prizes during our meetings this season.

David Fourer

And finally, we say thank you and farewell to long-time member and tireless volunteer David Fourer, who passed away on February 6th. In addition to being a regular contributor to our sales and meetings, David was instrumental in the creation and ongoing cultivation of the Rogers Park Metra Garden (at Greenleaf and Ravenswood).  We will miss his smile and generous spirit.

Read on for further details on the March meeting (next Tuesday!), news you can use, and details on events around the neighborhood and town.

Happy gardening,
The Rogers Park Garden Group


Marcia Stucki & Urban Worm Girl
Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm
St. Paul’s Church By-the-Lake
7100 N. Ashland (corner of Ashland & Estes)
Fellowship Room, 2nd floor
Parking available in the rear. Use Ashland or parking lot entrances.
Come early and meet our special guests - both the feathered and wriggley ones too!

Your garden can be about more than plants; it can also include critters that are good for your table and the earth.

For nearly 30 years, Marcia Stucki has been raising chickens, specializing in heritage breed chickens that run around outdoors, expressing their chicken nature. Marcia is a member of the American Farmland Trust, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and sits on the board of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network. Marcia is certified as a Michigan Conservation Steward.
Urban Worm Girl’s calling is to educate the community on composting with worms, also known as vermicomposting. By recycling our kitchen waste using the wisdom and efficiency of the red wiggler worms, we reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and at the same time return vital nutrients to the earth. Worms and kits will be available for sale, along with Amber’s new book.
Come hear all about getting started in raising chickens and in vermicomposting with red wiggler worms from the experts. Come early and meet the critters!  And don’t forget our raffle.  We will have some extra special items to raffle at this meeting.
Meetings are free to members; $5 others. Membership is $10 per calendar year and entitles you to free admission to all RPGG programs and events for 2010. For more information on RPGG programs and events, visit us here.

Also visit the RPGG website here for more news. 
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has launched a new program called GRO1000, offering $1,500 grants to deserving communities and organizations in the hopes it will get people involved in creating more community gardens and green spaces where they call home.  Communities interested in pursuing 2011 GRO1000 grassroots grants can apply online by March 31, 2011. Projects should include the involvement of neighborhood residents and foster a sense of community spirit.
Looking for burlap bag or cloth to use for mulching or underlayment in your garden?  Metropolis Coffee Co. in Andersonville is offering coffee sacks for free—first come, first serve.  The bags are approximately 36” x 26”, made of different grades of jute and burlap.  All have printed writing on them; some have nice pictures.  Contact Metropolis Coffee Co. at 5545 N. Clark Street, 2nd Floor.  They are open 7am to 5pm; call first at 773-338-4904 to find out what bags they have in stock.

NeighborSpace again sponsors a contest for Chicago seed of the year, this year all vegetable seeds to take Chicagoans from seed to table. Everyone who votes for a seed before April 1 will be sent a seed pack of the winning seed, and a drawing will be held for a battery-powered garden trimmer from the roster of voters. Recipes from Chicago’s celebrity chefs are also being posted for each of the candidate seeds. Vote today at or visit them on Facebook..

Howard Area Community Garden Needs a coordinator for the award-winning gardens. Ideally, this person will work their way into the job starting this spring so Sr Cecilia Fandel can serve as a resource person to him or her until she moves this summer. There are 50 gardens and each gardener cares for their own space. There are garden rules to follow to keep it an organic garden. The hours are slight during the winter with the pace picking up in late March. For more information on the position including hours and salary, please email Sr. Cecilia Fandel.

A Loyola University student group is interested in testing local garden/urban agriculture sites for lead contamination. For more information, contact Adam Schubel, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at 773-508-7559 or via email.
Recycle Plus, a West Rogers Park based recycling business, is a great resource for items for re-use from office supplies to kitchen cabinets, crates for the garden and more. Contact Gary for more information.

Look for these and other events of interest on the Community Calendar section of the RPGG website. Subscribe to the RSS feed or friend RPGG Gardens on Facebook to get real time notice of events.
Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rogers and Hammerstein
Theo Ubique Theater Company
7:30 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, March 14-April 30
No Exit Cafe

Illinois Orchid Spring Show & Sale
March 26, 10 am - 5 pm; March 27, 9 am - 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Orchids in 128 classes will vie for ribbons, 40 displays of orchids, and repotting services. Vendors will sell orchid plants and products. Free lectures. More information here.

Learn & Grow Workshop: Composting in the Concrete Jungle
March 27, 1 pm - 3 pm
Glenwood Sunday Market, 6956 N. Glenwood
Build an indoor vermicomposting bin; keep plants happy with homemade potting soil and compost tea. Suggested donation $17. For more information, visit the market here.

Ingredients, a feature-length documentary
April 6, 6:30 pm dinner; movie at 7:30 pm
Uncommon Ground, Devon & Glenwood
Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, this film goes across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs to reveal the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to communities. $25. Reservations required. Call 773-465-9801. 

Northtown Garden Society - Everything You Wanted to Know About Bees
April 7, 7pm
Warren Park Field House, 6600 N. Western Ave.
Beekeeper Jeff Lieder of JL Honey Bee Farms will talk about the importance of bees, distinguishing them from less desirable stinging insects like wasps, ways to protect bees from environmental threats and keep them around one’s garden, the value of and procedures for beekeeping and honey production in the city. He will also provide samples of his locally produced honey. For more information or to join visit NGS here.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 17th Annual Botanica 
April 13, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford
Includes hands on floral arranging workshop, silent and live auctions, presentation by Tony Todesco. Reservations required: $45. for more information.

Taste of Rogers Edge 2011 
April 14, 5 pm - 9 pm
Start at The Morgan at Loyola Station, 1209 W. Arthur (5 pm - 8 pm)
Hosted by Loyola University, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and the Rogers Park Business Alliance, a Taste of RogersEdge is a walking crawl celebrating a world of flavors from a diverse mix of restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater. Over 20 participating restaurants. Tickets $25 in advance; $35 day of event. Purchase tickets online.

North Lakeshore Earth Day 
April 16, 10 am - 3 pm
Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W. Sheridan (Sheridan & Kenmore)
Workshops, presentations on environmental topics, kid’s activities, and more. More information here. 

Urban Gardening: Troughs and Pots   
April 23, 9 am - 11:30 am
Lincoln Park Zoo
Learn how to craft your own antique planter. Stone planters have added class to gardens for centuries. Now you can fashion your own lighter and cheaper. Learn how to combine cement, peat, and sand to create hypertufa. The instructor will provide expert tips to boost your confidence and craftsmanship. Create molds, mix material, and practice the easy step of adding finishing touches. $33 for Zoo members plus $20 materials fee. Sign up online at
Learn & Grow Workshop: VIP Container Veggie Gardening
April 24, 1 pm - 3 pm
Glenwood Sunday Market, 6956 N. Glenwood
No space? No problem. You can still grow organic veggies at home. Learn the strategies for successful, pin-sized farming. Suggested donation $17. For more information, visit the market here.

Northtown Garden Society - Water Gardens: Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Them 
May 5, 7pm
Warren Park Field House, 6600 N. Western Ave.
Chris Gent will speak on water gardens. His water garden will also be featured on the NGS June Garden Walk. For more information or to join visit NGS here.

Chicago Park District Spring Flower Shows
January 29 - May 8
Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive., and Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 
Open daily from 9 - 5 and extended hours at Garfield Park on Wednesdays from 9 - 8. More than 3000 spring blooming flowers will greet visitors at these annual shows. Experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to see direct descendents of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the Worlds Columbian Exposition of 1893, and much more.  Check it out. 

Athletes United for Peace Spring Chase
May 15, 8 am
Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood
Gather before 8 am, run free, post race food and t-shirts available. 

Learn & Grow Workshop: Permaculture & the Cost of Food 
May 29, 1 pm - 3 pm
Glenwood Sunday Market, 6956 N. Glenwood
Artificial prices, artificial food. Talk about the benefits of shopping locally from responsible farmers and how to eat responsibly and within a budget. Suggested donation $17. For more information, visit the market here.

Dates will be added as we receive the information.

The Glenwood Sunday Market - Your Rogers Park Farmers Market
June 5 - October 16, Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
Glenwood Ave btwn Morse and Farwell
Lots of great vendors from produce to cheese to meats and chocolates and more.  Check it out.
Andersonville Farmers Market
Berwyn between Clark and Ashland
From baked goods to Katherine Anne Confections and more. More information here.
Wicker Park Farmers Market
1425 N. Damen    

Edgewater Farmers Market
Corner of Broadway and Norwood (6034 N.)
Fresh produce, artisan foods, educational programming and more including a tour of True Nature Food’s beehives.

Would you like to get involved in RPGG activities? Want to be part of a fun team that works hard and plays even harder?  The RPGG welcomes your participation in programming, community gardening, marketing, membership, treasury, and fundraising.  For more information, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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