Seeds Swap Announcements

Seed swaps are a great way for us to develop bio-diverse demonstration gardens.

Bill Morrisett is attending each of these events.  He has lots of seeds to trade.  If you would like to help.  Email Bill:


There are two local seed swaps coming up:

Fourth Annual Forest Park Community Garden Seed Swap

Forest Park Community Garden

Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)



March 29 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm

UIC Heritage Garden seed library

Hull House Residents’ Dining Hall
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

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The Plant – Edible Landscape – Sat. Mar. 21 Volunteer Day

Come join us Sat. March 21 as we move forward with the Edible Landscape Project at The Plant, 1400 W. 46th.  We’ll meet in The Plant lobby.  Two session, one starting at 10 am, another starting at 1 pm.  See details below.  Join us for either one or both sessions.

In the morning, Stephen Ulman will lead planning and design for the new area in front of the hugelkulturs.  This new area was evaluated some at our Feb. 28 volunteer kickoff meeting.  In the afternoon, Elizabeth Loehmer will lead activities for the existing hugelkultur mounds closer to the fence.  We’ll be helping Jim Dee to continue the work in this area.

Agendas are:

Stephen – 10 am to 11:30.  New Area. Agenda:

  • Quick tour to assess the site as a group, and check out onsite materials, their ownership/availability
  • Work on a master list of potential business donors to ask for plants, materials, etc.
  • Begin contacting potential donors from the above list (or assign to do during business hours, if needed)
  • Put together a “most wanted” list of seeds and plants to purchase with a budget of ~$100, with the potential for extra seeds to be shared with other group members
  • I’ll try to have a couple iterations of the design ready and we can critique and refine ideas as people gain a better understanding of the site/budget/constraints
  • Document results of morning session — pass on to afternoon session
  • Discuss IOBY fundraising campaign.  Any help appreciated.

Elizabeth – 1 pm – 2:30.  Existing Hugelkultur Area.  Agenda:

  • Evaluate the existing area.
  • Take pictures and make measurements.  Draw sketches of existing mounds and structures.
  • Clean up the area
  • Discuss ideas for 2015
  • Review plant donor list and “most wanted” list of seeds and plants created in the morning
  • Can the same plants be used in adding plants in the existing area?
  • Plan next steps
  • Discuss IOBY fundraising campaign.  Any help appreciated.



Volunteers Kickoff Meeting Feb. 28

Join us as we implement demonstrationfour-gardens gardens in Woodlawn and Back of the Yards.  Our kickoff meeting for volunteers for this project is at The Plant Feb. 28:

Landscape Redesign Project Volunteer Meeting
Feb. 28, 10:00 – 11:30am, The Plant – Lobby Space
1400 W. 46th

Stephen Ulman, Treeocracy, will lead a discussion on plans to create a demonstration landscape that includes edibles and pollinator habitat plants.  Bill and Steve are creating this demonstration garden in the yard of The Plant as an example of an alternative to a traditional front lawn.

We will also discuss the other locations for demonstration gardens this year in Back of the Yards and Woodlawn.


Help design and create the space in one or more of these locations!  This project includes community outreach — garden signage, how-to information on the web.  They need your community organizing skills!