CPR at Good Food Fest '17

We had the pleasure of presenting a mini-workshop on our DIY unheated greenhouse, Casa Verde, at this year's Good Food Fest! This is a wonderful event put on by FamilyFarmed. The workshop series "Grow Your Own" that we were a part of, was organized by Advocates for Urban Agriculture

"The Good Food Festival & Conference helps connect financial resources to farms and Good Food businesses; helps grow local procurement capacity; engages local school districts; provides a forum to discuss local, statewide, and national food policy; and educates the public about the importance and impact of Good Food. Unique opportunities arise for growing the Good Food movement with all of these stakeholders networking through our important sessions and trade show exhibits." 

We completed the construction of Casa Verde in November 2016, and have been using it to over winter perennials. In the spring we anticipate using it to start and harden seedlings. By partially sinking the greenhouse, we were able to take advantage of heat transfer and insulation from the earth. Polycarbonate clads the above-ground portion, with the south face being angle to receive maximum sunlight.

You can download our presentation in it's entirety. If you have any questions about a design you're interested in building for your own garden, feel free to reach out!

CPR Sidewalk Spotlight: Lincoln Station

                 CPR Sidewalk window cling

                 CPR Sidewalk window cling

 

Summer in the Midwest equals eating a la fresco. Restaurants, hotels, and cafes swiftly adorn their outside spaces with beautiful plant arrangements. Everything from tropical flowers to indigenous ferns is used to fill empty pots and grab our attention. However what happens when winter finally comes? Chicago Plant Rescue is offering an answer. CPR Sidewalk is a program for businesses to donate perennial plants to Chicago community gardens. This partnership program helps businesses transition out their plant arrangements while enhancing Chicago’s urban landscape and diverting plants from the waste stream.  CPR provides window clings to businesses to signify their donor ship.

 

Benn Hamm, owner of Lincoln Station

Benn Hamm, owner of Lincoln Station

CPR Sidewalk’s first partnership is with Lincoln Station, a bar and restaurant located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Owner Benn Hamm is a Chicago native and believes the outdoor patio stands for more than just extra seating. The patio with its lush foliage is a key component to Chicago’s urban landscape.  Benn not only goes to Matt Hoffman’s Urban Garden at the Green City Market to pick out plants for Lincoln Station, he also installs all the plants himself. His passion for gardening started at a young age. At 10 years old he had a thriving vegetable garden with his best friend. They would travel the neighborhood selling their veggies out of their wagon. Also Benn has taken a few Horticulture courses at the University of Illinois, so he knows his perennials. He currently resides in Wrigleyville with his wife, two kids, and their urban garden. They love to take advantage of Chicago’s vast amount of parks and gardens, especially the lakefront. 

 

Volunteer picking up the donation

Volunteer picking up the donation

 

Lincoln station has donated all of its viable perennial plants! They will find homes in community gardens and schools throughout Chicago in the coming weeks. Go check out Lincoln Station’s window cling! Also please tag Chicago Plant Rescue on Instagram of businesses you think would be great partners for CPR Sidewalk.