Grow-Op

is creating a network of home-growers supporting community gardens and farms

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Compost Worm

$3
per month
Small but important. You create the foundation of our circular ecosystem. You touch the gross stuff.

-Access to some exclusive content before official release.

-Food scrap drop-off twice a month at Hostel Earphoria (Grow-Op's HQ) from March - November.

*Pay up front for discounted rate of $21
------>Preferred as garden/farm operations incur most costs at beginning of season before food is ready to be sold :-o



Garden Gnome

$5
per month
Not merely for aesthetic purposes. You scare away the crows, and are about the size of the toddler who enters into a garden for the first time: just the right height.

-Food scrap drop-off twice a month at Hostel Earphoria (Grow-Op's HQ) from March - November.
-Access too all exclusive content

*Pay up front for discounted rate of $35
------>Preferred as garden/farm operations incur most costs at beginning of season before food is ready to be sold :-o

Farmer's Market Fanatic

$8
per month
You're early to the market every week and understand the power of locally sourced seasonal produce. The grocery store has its place, but meeting the person that grows your food really makes your big heirloom heart grow a size or two.

-Food scrap drop-off twice a month at Hostel Earphoria (Grow-Op's HQ) from March - November.
-Exclusive Content such as behind the scenes outtakes and extended cuts from Farmer Manu's interview series.
-Shoutouts in the credits at the end of all our lovely videos

*Pay up front for discounted rate of $56
------>Preferred as garden/farm operations incur most costs at beginning of season before food is ready to be sold :-o

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patrons

$31

per month

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**SAFE SOILS INITIATIVE**
Drop-off: Otis Fresh Market (1513 W 51st Street) or at Grow-Op (3464 W. Diversey Ave)
-or- 
mail your sample directly to:
Chicago Safe Soils Initiative, 1102 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61821

Don't forget to write name, email, + street address of soil sample for results!
Chicago city soil only - contact us with any questions 
***
Grow-Op is an urban agriculture advocacy group and seed-starting initiative based in Logan Square. Our mission is to increase the growing capacity of community gardens + vacant lot farmers in lower income communities. Through our work we aim to connect people with local food projects in their neighborhood - farms, gardens, and home growing. We mobilize volunteers to start seeds at home and then distribute the mature plants to participating gardens and organizations. 

What first started as volunteering on Tuesdays at our neighborhood community garden has grown into a passionate drive to promote the amazing local farmers + growers. Our experiences working with community members and local growers have taught us the value of accessible green spaces in the city and cultivating relationships between farmers + buyers.

Back in 2018 we launched the "Home Grower's Program" and distributed over 1,000 healthy transplants to gardens across the city with the help of 10 different "home-grower" volunteers. We coordinated donations from Christy Webber Landscape Supply, Brew & Grow, and Home Depot in the form of fertilizer, tools, lights, pots, and other "un-sellable" products. We have distributed resources to garden projects in Back of the Yards, Logan Square, Jeffrey Manor, Humboldt Park, Albany Park, Bridgeport, and a school garden in Gary, Indiana.

Currently, our main partners are OTIS Fresh Farms in Back of the Yards who we work with to facilitate weekly volunteering + Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm who handle harvesting for - the food grown gets donated to neighboring Christopher House students and their families.
Additionally, we offer CSA pick-ups at our HQ in Logan Square for Cedillo's Fresh Produce, an Englewood family-owned farm that sells seasonal organically grown produce. 

Help us work towards a more equitable food system that supports networks of neighbors engaging with LOCAL food alternatives to traditional food supply chains.

* * * If you'd like to volunteer, collaborate, know a growing project in need, or are interested in buying directly from farmers please contact us * * *

Thank YOU for your support and contributions!

Grow-Op Chicago
[email protected]
312.825.4055
Goals
$31.24 of $250 per month
Fire Hydrant Key

This funds the $400 hydrant key for one garden project. Water access is a HUGE barrier for urban farms' in early-middle stages of development. Regular water can take a farm to new heights in terms of production (obviously). 


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