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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Prairie Crossing Learning Farm Job Announcement

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Position: Children's Farm Camp Educator Supervisor: Brittany Futterman, Program Coordinator Status: Currently accepting resumes for position term May 1- August 9, 2007 Summary of Position Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake, Illinois is seeking a flexible, energetic person who...

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March Master Gardener Meeting

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27 COMMUNITY ROOM, GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY Don't forget to wear your best smiles. Nancy Kreith is coming to take our group picture for Ron's blog. 6:30 p.m. - Pot Luck Dinner 6:45 p.m. - Announcements 7:00 p.m. - Program - "The Buzz on Bees" presented by the Master Gardener Bee Keepers at Garfield Park; Edie McDonald, Jim Cobb,...

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Growing Power Farm-City Market Basket Program Assistant Job Announcement

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Chicago Farm-City Market Basket Program Assistant. !6 to 20 hours per week. Salary Range based on previous experience. Goal of program: Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs Growing Power does this via the weekly-year round distribution of Farm-City Market baskets (FCMB) that provides immediate...

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Growing Power Seasonal Program Assistant Job Announcement

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Work Description: Full time seasonal employment-May 15-November 15, 2007. This is a permanent position renewed each season. Salary range-depending on experience. Excellent benefits. Assist Growing Power in all aspects of community food systems, urban agriculture, small farmer outreach and youth development via innovative sustainable approaches....

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Invitation to Organic Gardening Day Training

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You are invited to attend the Organic Gardening Day at the Master Gardener training on Monday, March 26 at the Community Room of Garfield Park Conservatory. You know the drill; take a seat on the side of the room because the tables are full, perhaps bring something to share on the snack buffet, provide your own lunch, and ENJOY! This is the schedule for the day....

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Volunteer at Chicago Green Festival

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The opportunities are getting even sweeter. The University of Illinois Extension is participating in Kids' Zone at the Chicago Green Festival this April. We need ten people to cover Worm Composting for this event. Please come out and j...

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March Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Monthly Meeting Tuesday, March 27 Community Room, Garfield Park Conservatory 6:30 p.m. - Pot Luck Dinner 6:45 p.m. - Announcements 7:00 p.m. - Program - "The Buzz on Bees" presented by the Master Gardener Bee Keepers at Garfield Park; Edie McDonald, Jim Cobb, Donna Opollo and Felix Palicio. Earn an extra hour of vo...

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Volunteer Opportunities at Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Spring brings a multitude of volunteer opportunities at Garfield Park Conservatory. Please contact Harmony if you are available and interested in any of the volunteer opportunities listed below. Happy spring! Harmony Picciuca Garden and Volunteer Programs Coordinator Garfield Park Conservatory A...

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Interns: Turf Class at Westchester Extension Office

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As you know we did not have a Turf class during our training. You have been invited to join the Master Gardener Turf class training at the Westchester ExtensionOffice. The class will be on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The class will be taught by Matt Kostelnick, Horticulture Educator. If you want to attend this class, please reserve a space by...

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Urban Farmer Training Coordinator Wanted

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Angelic Organics is seeking an Urban Farmer Training Coordinator. We are looking for a responsible, highly organized individual to join our team as an Urban Farmer Training Coordinator and to develop an Urban Grower Incubation Center in Chicago with Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC). This position is full-time and begins in May 2007. This position...

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Master Gardener Interns Needed to Help with Mailing

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One of our sister institutions has a big mailing to go out tomorrow. They need help putting on mailing labels. Anyone who can arrange to stay after class tomorrow to help out can earn an hour of volunteer credit. I hope you can help. Elizabeth Bruhns ebruhns@uiuc.edu...

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Volunteers Needed for Playground Building Project

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KaBoom is a national non-profit organization whose vision is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. KaBoom is funding the building of a new playground in Robbins, Illinois. The playground will be built on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Bernice Childs Elementary School in...

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Leaf Mulch for Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Resource Center has ground leaf mulch on sale for $20.00 a yard – and it needs to be gone before April 15th when Ken Dunn will close his compost yard. Call Ken for delivery at 773-758-1351....

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Thank You! Greening Ravenswood Volunteers

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Ruth, Pam, Judy, Peggy, Mary and Gail, Thanks to all of you for representing University of Illinois Extension and the Master Gardener program at the Greening Ravenswood event last Saturday. I thought the booth looked great, very inviting. I know the crowd found you to be friendly and knowledgeable Ruth, thanks for bringing the sample Earth Machine. And, I just can't tell you how...

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Need Help at Little Village Academy

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I could use your help once again. I will be planting "Lettuce in a Bag" with two first grade classrooms. This is a neat activity that is ideal for an indoor situation. You can travel with me or meet me on-site. What: Lettuce in a Bag When: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Where:...

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Need Insect Petting Zoo Volunteers

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I could use your help demonstrating our Insect Petting Zoo to K - 1st grade students. If insects are not your favorite, I can have you distribute handouts, check on the school's worm bins or help with the students. I would like to get at least one helper and you can travel with me if need be. If interested please contact Nancy Kreith at...

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Seed Company Job Announcement

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Underwood Gardens in Woodstock, Illinois is hiring a full time employee. Underwood Gardens is a family owned and operated, certified-organic, seed company that specializes in rare and endangered open-pollinated/heirloom seeds. Skills needed: computer, gardening skills and a great customer personality. Work environment...

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Master Gardeners: Sad News

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We just received this sad news from Master Gardener Dorothy Pytel, Class of 2004, about the death of her son, Felix. Please keep Dorothy and her family in your thoughts. For those of you who were not in the Class of 2004, you will remember Dorothy as the person instrumental in the development of the Brickyard Community Garden. Funeral arrangements for Felix Fritz Pytel :...

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Greenwood Master Gardener Interns

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On Monday, March 12, we are doing an all volunteer day at Garfield Park Conservatory . This is a much broader scope than we offered for your Greenwood class. You are welcome to join us and hear about places to volunteer outside of the Greenwood area. We have the Dusable Museum Garden in the wo...

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Chicago Green Festival

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Chicago April 21-22 at McCormick Place, Lakeside 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive., Chicago Third floor, Exhibit Hall D We look forward to seeing you at the 1st Annual Chicago Green Festival – where there is something for everyone! Come and celebrate what is working in our...

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Organic Farm Interns Wanted

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Henry's Farm is looking for farm interns for the 2007 season. Live and work on this beautiful organic vegetable farm in central Illinois and participate in every aspect of farm life from working in the fields planting, weeding and harvesting to selling the produce at the Farmers Market. And you'll get to eat the freshest, healthiest most delicious fruit, veggies, eggs, goat milk and meat...

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New Volunteer Opportunity at Lincoln Park Zoo

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Have you made arrangements for your summer romance of 2007 yet? Why not fall in love with the new Teaching Vegetable Garden at Lincoln Park Zoo ? The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program has entered into a partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo to expand the zoo's vegetable garden at the...

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Visit the New Master Gardener Intern Class

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Come visit the new Master Gardener Intern Class on Mondays at Garfield Park Conservatory. March 12 - Volunteer OpportunityDay Many of our partner organizations will be coming to talk about their volunteer opportunities. If you need a refresher course on places to volunteer, please join us for the day. Volunteer Opportunity Day Schedule...

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Abstraction in Landscape Design Program

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Monday, March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Wicker Park Field House 1425 N. Damen Gary Lehman: HNTB Corporation-Chicago...

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Earn Volunteer Hours at MELA Booth at Flower Show

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If you are interested in volunteering some time to help us staff the table we would be most grateful. The time slots which are still open are indicated below. This will allow you to see the show gratis and do some good for our organization simultaneously. The Flower Show in Rosemont is three blocks from the Blue Line or there is parki...

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