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Pop-Up Gardens Giving Residents Space To Grow Their Own Organic Food


Photo: Peterson Garden Project FB

There’s nothing better than a fresh tomato that you’ve grown, plucked and incorporated as an ingredient in a dish you’ve made yourself. But if you don’t have space on your own property for a garden, try the Peterson Garden Project.

The Pop-up Victory Gardens aim to teach people in urban settings how to grow their own organic food. The goal is to teach participants a long-term skill that can be applied elsewhere, not just in the designated gardens that are part of the Peterson Garden Project.

For just $85 per person, participants will gain membership, education, access to events, some supplies and a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden plot in one of seven organic Pop-up Victory Garden locations.

While the Edgewater location is full, with waitlisting opportunities, garden plots are available in Rogers Park, Albany Park, the South Loop, Arcadia Terrace, North Park, and on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University.

Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants must register before attending a mandatory annual Gardener Orientation/Membership meeting. These sessions are private events that take place on weekdays and weekends. After registering, participants will receive an email including links to sign up for the required orientation/membership meeting.

To register, sign up by visiting www.petersongarden.org,

The project began on Feb. 1 and ends on April 23.

The Peterson Garden Project also offers a variety of other gardening and cooking classes.

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