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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

Homegrown Chicago Farmer's Market

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Homegrown Chicago Farmer's Market needs help cleaning up their market space in Humboldt Park. Homegrown Chicagois sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Growing Power ....

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Eli Cheesecake Factory Farmer's Market

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: It looks like retired folks and those who work third shift get the most fun volunteer hours this summer. Check out this: There will be a Farmers Market on the grounds of the Eli Cheese Cake Factory at 6701 Forest Preserve Drive every Thursday this summer beginning in June. Master Gardeners are committed for the following dates: Thursday,...

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National Gardening Association Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The National Gardening Association works with sponsoring companies and organizations to provide funding and in-kind grants to projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life for their communities. To be eligible for these awards your school or organization must plan to garden wi...

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Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come and lend a hand at the Chicago Park District's only organic greenhouse located at 3501 N. Kilbourn in Kilbourn Park! (Just south of Addison between Milwaukee and Cicero.). Kirsten Akre is managing the programming and gardens of the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse. Kirsten has 6 years experience as the Demonstration Garden Coordinator at Garfield Park Conservatory and 5 years with the Reso...

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Wild Flower Preservation Society

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Benjamin Cox, Executive Director of Friends of the Forest Preserve will speak to the Wild Flower Preservation Society on Thursday, June 1, 1:15 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. The group has over a thousand volunteers working to protect, restore and care for county forest preserves. There is no charge for the meeting and the group meets for an informal lunch...

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Englewood Resource Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Make A Difference Youth Foundation will be hosting an information/resource fair in Englewood on June 3, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Englewood Resource Fair will be held at Ogden Park, 6500 South Racine. We need three Master Gardeners to help with the following activities:...

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Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Calling all insect lovers! We are looking for two Master Gardeners to help us out with our traveling insect petting zoo. It is so much fun and kids just love this activity. Included in the zoo are the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes, a tarantula, and of course we like to include our worms. I...

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Chicago Master Gardener Graduation

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Master Gardener Graduation Tuesday, May 30 Community Room Garfield Park Conservatory 6:30 p.m. Pizza, soda and cake. (Non-graduates, please bring a potluck salad to go with the pizza.) 7:0...

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Master Gardener Michael Howard on Channel 11

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Master Gardener and Master Composter, Michael Howard who started the Eden Place Nature Center at 43rd Place and Stewart will be featured on a Channel 11 Special this Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Michael Howard is also the Executive Director of the Fuller Park Community Development Organization. View...

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Volunteers Needed at GPCA Demonstration Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance has a new staff member working in the Demonstration Garden. Her name is Harmony Picciuca and she needs Master Gardener assistance in the Garden. Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to Noon Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays: 9 a.m. to Noon If none of these times work for you, Harmony would be happy to talk to you...

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Illinois Department of Human Services Health Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are looking for four Master Gardeners to participate in the Illinois Department of Human Services EAP Health Fair. Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 Location: Clinton Building, Training Room 1 401 S. Clinton, Chicago Lunch will be provided. We will have an informational table with our "Ask...

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4-H City and Community Fairs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We need two Master Gardeners on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to man a kid's activities table at Lincoln Park Zoo. We will be on the bridge that is between the Farm in the Zoo and the main zoo. We will have our insect petting zoo, worms and our Take Home a Plant Activity. A pay parking lot is available just south of the Farm in the Zoo entrance on Stockton Drive. On May 20 at the Chicago...

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Great Tulip Giveaway

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On Saturday, May 20 over 250,000 tulip bulbs will be given away to the public on a first come, first served basis at Garfield Park Conservatory.The bulbs are from the planted medians in downtown Chicago. Volunteers are needed to bag the bulbs on May 18 and 19. Other volunteer dates may be announced. Volunteers may take as many bulbs as they need for school, church, block club and community proj...

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Master Gardener on WGN Radio

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Master Gardener MaryAnne Spinner will appear on the "Let's Talk Gardening Show" with Mike Nowak, this Sunday, May 7, sometime between noon and 2:30 p.m. MaryAnne coordinates the Cook County/Chicago Master Gardener Electronic Plant Clinic. MaryAnne and her team of 14 Master Gardeners have answered hundred's of gardening questions online from all over the world. Mike Nowak now sends garde...

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Master Gardeners Needed for Da Vinci Days

Posted by Ron Wolford -

In addition to hosting the City of Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival this spring weekend, the Museum's front lawn will be buzzing with activity in honor of its first Da Vinci Days celebration. Da Vinci Days is inspired by the genius of the Renaissance inventor and celebrates innovation and the integration of art, science and technology. The free event will feature interactive activities, scienc...

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Eco-Chicago Garden Needs Volunteers

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello, Master Gardeners! This is Mike Nowak, fellow Chicago Master Gardener and host of WGN Radio's " Let's Talk Gardening ." While Elizabeth has already sent you information about "Garden in a City," you might not know about "Eco-Chicago," one of the participants. We are a unique partnership of more than a dozen green industry prof...

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