A couple of weeks ago, I attended an information session for the Chicago Botanic Gardens Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program in Sustainable Urban Horticulture. What an amazing day!
Windy City Harvest is an organic vegetable and plant production enterprise that provides instruction in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture to residents of Chicago’s North Lawndale and West Side neighborhoods.
The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program is a 9-month program that ends in a certificate in Sustainable Urban Horticulture and is accredited by the Illinois Community College Board. In addition, you spend 3 months interning at a program partner or partner organization’s urban farm. Real life experience. Incredibly fast-paced learning environment. It looks awesome! I submitted my application that day.
The next step is a Work Shadow day. I chose Rodeo Farm, which is an urban farm in the middle of Chicago. I did take pictures, but with my phone, and now they are gone forever so all I have for the farm is my memories. Actually, I will probably head over and take pictures tomorrow so I can post them as well.
The day was short but I worked really hard (or at least I think I did). We were transitioning the tomato plants in the Hoop House and the Kale in the field. I learned so much that I will start doing in my own backyard garden and community garden for Ebenezer church. This week, I will be transitioning our gardens.
Below is a photo gallery of the farm at the Windy City Harvest at Daley College.
This was one of the coolest experiences of my life so far. Looking forward to life in the program.
Just went over to check out the Riverside Farmer’s Market. It was awesome.
There were so many stands there and lots of peppers, tomatoes, kale. Yum.
There was a stand that my daughter stopped at that made the best berry smoothies and that stand had a hot buttered lemonade that looked pretty tasty. Next time I will try it.
So many tasty looking veggies there. I highly recommend that you go, but sadly there are only 2 or 3 weeks left.
Here are some pics from the market and what I brought home.