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Free vegetable seeds for Chicago gardens!

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It may be frosty outside, but its never too early to start planning for planting season. Thanks to Neighbor Space’s fourth annual One Seed Chicago campaign its possible to get vegetable seeds for free!

The One Seed Chicago campaign attempts to bring together Chicagoans around a rewarding yet commonly overlooked activity. “By planting a common seed, backyards, windowsills, community gardens and balconies across the City will be linked together in a season-long celebration of urban gardening and local eating, says Neighbor Space Executive Director Ben Helphand on his website.

Growing your own food has significant benefits both for the environment and your wallet. Eating food grown locally reduces pollution caused by shipping and food waste from rot during travel. Growing your own food means that for the price of a dirt (literally!) you can grow food that sells for several dollars a pound in stores. That can add up to huge savings.

To get your seeds, go to to vote for this year’s seed. Candidates this year are radishes, swiss chard and eggplant. (I vote for Swiss Chard!) Voting is open to residents of the Chicagoland area and please vote only once. You can also view historical information about the veggies as well as delicous recipes. The winning seed will be mailed to voters this spring.




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