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19th Annual Green and Growing Fair this Saturday

Hubub at the 2010 Fair
Hubub at the 2010 Fair
Julie Samuels

Aside from the never-ending April rain, all of us Chicago gardeners know that we're just a few weeks away from planting our warm season crops, if you haven't already started your cool season crops. That can only mean that it’s time again to join hundreds of other urban gardeners at GreenNet’s 19th Annual and Local Green & Growing Fair!

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, Chicago, IL

The fair, sponsored by GreenNet, Chicago's Urban Greening Network, plunges into spring by hosting a variety of vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and family activities to get your rusty green thumb up and running.

New this year are “Stop and Grow Stations” with experts from GreenNet who will be able to answer questions and give advice on:

  • Land Ownership
  • Starting School and Community Gardens
  • Gardens and Advisory Councils in the Parks
  • Zoning policies
  • Composting
  • BeeKeeping
  • History of Community Gardens
  • Community Garden Mapping and Resources

The fair will host the unveiling of One Seed Chicago 2011. This year's candidates are Veggies: Swiss Chard, Radish, and Eggplant.

We have an amazing line up of vendors for our traditional “First Farmer’s Market of the Season” who will be selling seeds and seedlings for your garden, as well as the freshest of this spring’s early vegetables in the Jensen room. In Horticulture Hall you will find vendors selling gardening tools, books and supplies along with homemade “local” foods, crafts and jewelry. Also featured are exhibits of “green living” organizations.Here is a partial list of vendors who will be at the Fair:

Alewyfe Farm Soaps– handmade with garden ingredients

Art and Linda's Wildflowers– native plant design and consulations

ChicagoHigh Schoolfor Ag. Science– flower pots, felted projects, beeswax products, dog biscuits

ChicagoBotanic Garden Green Youth Farm– Vegetable seedlings, fresh greens & flowers & Garden Tool Sharpening!!

ChicagoVegan Mania

ChicagoLand Gardening Magazine

Citizen's Utility Board– free energy saving light bulbs

CityFarm- Resource Center– fresh veggies and plants

DLS Lawn & Garden– Elevated gardening system (one will be in the Silent Auction!)

Dollie’s Antiques andTreasures– vintage fabric pillows, vintage gardening items and art.

Door to Door Organics– Free Fruit!

Earth Friendly Seeds

Feed the Earth Now

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance – Book & Plant sale, Gift Shop, GreenTeens Worm Sale

God’s Gang– worms and worm compost,

GrandStreet GardensSmall plants for terrariums and desert dish gardens!

Green Generations, Inc.- Natural gardening products

Growing Home, Inc

Growing Pride Garden Club of Humboldt Park– handmade soap and salve

Inspiration Kitchen – healthy food for lunch!

KilbournParkOrganic Greenhouse

Nature's Crossroads- seeds in packets and tins.

Netty’s Soaps– lotions, balms, hand knit baby hats

Nichols Farm & Orchard,Inc – Vegetable and herb plants, and fresh vegetables

Schafer Fisheries- Fertilizer

Search Inc. Visibility Arts– Canvas bags, flower pots & mouse pads by developmentally disabled adults

The Pampered Chef– cookware, stoneware, spices and books

TomatoMountainFarm,LLC – Organic bottled salsa, preserves & organic bedding plants

USDAForestService, Northern Research Station– “Stew MAP”–environmental stewardship info. for the Chicago region

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