Though it takes longer, watching vegetables gradually expand before consuming them is far more satisfying than doing the same to a marshmallow in the microwave. Marvel at the power of nature with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $39 for a three-hour Gardening 101 class for one (a $100 value)
- $70 for a three-hour Gardening 101 class for two (a $200 value)
- $132 for a three-hour Gardening 101 class for four (a $400 value)
Converted from an abandoned industrial site to an urban arcadia, Iron Street Farm's seven acres in Bridgeport will host agricultural education sessions throughout the summer. Front yards, backyards, and even a pot on a balcony can act as an in-home produce aisle, and participants in these events learn to care for seeds and seedlings, cultivate and harvest vegetables, and parlay a bean garden into a giant-slaying career. Sessions will also cover essential information on irrigation techniques and tending to sun- and shade-loving plants. The class is open to all ages, and participants should come dressed in clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. A discount on bedding plants will be offered the day of the class.
Will Allen has worn many hats in his lifetime. The son of a sharecropper, he founded his urban farming foundation Growing Power in 1993 after a brief career in professional basketball, going on to earn a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a spot on Time magazine's Top 100 of 2010 list. From Milwaukee to Chicago, his city farms thrive, tended by a volunteer team of all ages who gain the all-too-uncommon satisfaction of knowing the "who, when, where, and how" of their vegetables’ origins. Besides providing the seeds, tools, and educational resources to green the thumbs of any willing student, the farms also foster community bonds by filling the pantries of select local restaurants and locavore squirrels.
The wider goal of Growing Power is to make urban farming ubiquitous across city neighborhoods, empowering everyone to grow their own food.World Business Chicago, 8/22/11
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