Grow-Op Chicago

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.


-This tier provides 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


***Choose this one if you talked with us in person about composting***



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.

-Exclusive Content such as behind the scenes outtakes and extended cuts from Farmer Manu's interview series.



*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

6

patrons

$34

per month

About

Grow-Op Chicago 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 + farm projects in low-income communities and better connect people to their local food systems. We mobilize volunteers to start seeds at home and then distribute the mature plants to participating gardens and organizations. 

We received a 2019 DCASE grant from the City of Chicago to make educational videos in conjunction with AUA (Advocates for Urban Agriculture), facilitate public art installations at two different garden sites, and expand our seed-starting operation.

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 also built relationships with Christy Webber Landscape Supply, Brew & Grow, and Home Depot and received thousands of dollars worth of donations in the form of fertilizer, tools, lights, pots, and other "un-sellable" products. We have distributed resources garden projects in Back of the Yards, Logan Square, Jeffrey Manor, Humboldt Park, Albany Park, Bridgeport, Hegewisch, and even a school garden in Gary, Indiana!

At our headquarters in Logan Square, we host weekly garden days and all-ages workshops. We coordinate youth education programming with Christopher House students at the Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm over the summer. Our main partner is the Breathing Room + OTIS Fresh Farms in Back of the Yards who we help through volunteer work days, grant writing, and resource distribution. Finally, we are helping increase northside access to Cedillo's Fresh Produce, and Englewood family-owned farm that offers an abundant CSA program.

Help us fight for 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
$34.15 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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