Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our Visit to Iron Street Farm

The farm was once a trucking company.
One of two farm cats.
Murals add color to the outside of the former industrial space.

The farm makes tons of compost. Much of the material comes from local restaurants

Vegetables grow in medium made from compost spread over wood chips.

The view from inside the vermiculture area. 
Testing the worms' work.
Yellow perch are raised in an aquarium from which the waste water then goes to the aquaponic plants on top.
Growing mushrooms in the dark.

Bees on  the roof.

The farm is right next to the Chicago River.

Upcoming U of I Extension telenets

The DuPage County Office of the University of Illinois Extension is offering 4 new gardening telenets for the summer and fall seasons.  Please see the attached flyer for details and click on the link to register.  Seating is limited, so please register early!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Field Trip to Iron Street Farm

Join us on Saturday, July 14 for a field trip to Growing Power’s Iron Street Farm in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.

Previously an industrial site, Iron Street Farm is a 7-acre site on Chicago’s south side that produces local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round with a focus on serving, training, and engaging vulnerable populations. 

You can either meet with the DGOG group at the DG library at 9 AM or drive to the farm yourself. A map and more information is at 

 If you are coming, please RSVP to Carol Morency at or (630) 607-4799.