Growing Home: reclaiming the earth beneath the concrete.

rooftop garden atop the Gary Comer Youth Center, 71st and South Chicago

I’m itching for spring. Here in Chicago, the weather has been mercifully mild… Visions of a vegetable and herb garden in my backyard dance in my head. I am swooning over Kale and Basil!

But dreams of building up my South Side neighborhood (through green jobs, better food, and economic empowerment) dance, too. I’m a big supporter of localism and building up every community in Chicago with all the resources needed to support a healthy lifestyle. More importantly, though, I think that living a so-called green life shouldn’t be reserved for the rich. I also think we should all be able to access fresh spinach as readily as a flaming hot cheese puff. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Growing Home Wood St. Farm, Aug. 2010. Photo by Andrew Collings

Check out this video featuring local Green Activist Orrin Williams of Growing Home and the Center for Urban Transformation; just two of many Urban Agriculture initiatives here in Chicago. Their goals are varied and yet unified: providing green jobs and supplying wholesome food for the community.  Orrin is a friend of Darkjive (and a friend of the South Side). Jive on!

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i love the transportive powers of sound. i am a radio host/producer, DJ, Sound designer, 45rpm collector, and art lover living in the city of wind. View all posts by ayanacontreras

2 responses to “Growing Home: reclaiming the earth beneath the concrete.

  • texasjellymaker

    I sure love the picture of a roof top garden. Amazing. For now we will just have to content ourselves with our plaza garden.
    http://sanantoniocommunitygardens.wordpress.com

  • ayanacontreras

    Hi TJM, that Community Garden in San Antonio that you linked to is lovely. I wish we had more plazas at apartment complexes in Chicago, but here, that layout is very uncommon.

    Usually apartments have just underused lawn around them. It maybe because our winters are so long. Community Gardens in general (on rooftops or on vacant lots) are gaining popularity here, so it’s always great to see them thriving elsewhere, too! Thanks for commenting.

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