Grow-Op Chicago is creating a network of home-growers supporting community gardens and farms
9
patrons
$58
per month
Grow-Op Chicago is a community garden advocacy group and seed-starting initiative based in Logan Square. Our mission is to increase the growing capacity of community gardens in low-income communities and 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. 

Last year we launched the "Home Grower's Program" and distributed just 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 that we then distributed to 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!

Moving forward, some of our goals include:
-Increase our growing output and expand the Home-Grower's Program
-Connecting people to their local urban farm's CSA program
-Adding new members to our administrative / outreach / fundraising teams
-Host more workshops at community gardens
-Create educational video content
-Tabling farmers markets

* * * If you'd like to volunteer or collaborate, please contact us * * *

At our headquarters in Logan Square, we host weekly garden days, all-ages workshops, and offer community composting for free. We are currently fundraising to support our participating gardens more efficiently. Help us fight for a more equitable food system that supports networks of neighbors engaging with LOCAL food alternatives to traditional food supply chains.

Thank YOU for your support and contributions as we aim to better serve the people we work with! 

The Grow-Op
[email protected]
312.825.4055
Tiers
Earth Worm
$2 or more per month
--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria 

                    << $20/year if paid upfront >> 

Garden Gnome
$3 or more per month
--> 2 Plants of your choice. 1 House plant, and 1 Edible plant.        

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria 

                    << $30/year if paid upfront >> 

Seasonal Supporter
$5 or more per month
--> 4 Plants, 1 for each season, your choice

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Home Grower Support Phone Line  

                    << $50/year if paid upfront >> 

Plant Maven
$8 or more per month
--> 9 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months. 

--> 1 Spring & 1 Summer Liquid Fertilizer Drop (homemade, organic, enough for your whole garden)            

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line  

                    << $85/year if paid upfront >> 

Fertilize Your Life
$10 or more per month
--> Regular fertilizer drop-offs/pick-ups throughout growing season (March-November).

--> All organic and homemade. 

-- > 16 total refills (twice a month)


Combination of: worm castings, compost tea, water-soluble calcium, and fish emulsion.


--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 


                 << $100/year if paid upfront >> 

Garden Goddess
$20 or more per month
--> Personalized home garden consulting 

--> 12 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months.             

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 

                    << $200/year if paid upfront >> 

EDIT

Permaculture Demimonde
$30 or more per month
--> Regular fertilizer drop-offs/pick-ups throughout growing season (March-November).

--> All organic and homemade. 

-- > 16 total refills (twice a month)

Combination of: worm castings, compost tea, water-soluble calcium, and fish emulsion.

--> Personalized home garden consulting 

--> 12 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months.             

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 

                    << $275/year if paid upfront >> 

Goals
$58 of $250 per month
How-To Home Gardener video series

Regular Grow-Op update video shorts


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Grow-Op Chicago is a community garden advocacy group and seed-starting initiative based in Logan Square. Our mission is to increase the growing capacity of community gardens in low-income communities and 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. 

Last year we launched the "Home Grower's Program" and distributed just 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 that we then distributed to 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!

Moving forward, some of our goals include:
-Increase our growing output and expand the Home-Grower's Program
-Connecting people to their local urban farm's CSA program
-Adding new members to our administrative / outreach / fundraising teams
-Host more workshops at community gardens
-Create educational video content
-Tabling farmers markets

* * * If you'd like to volunteer or collaborate, please contact us * * *

At our headquarters in Logan Square, we host weekly garden days, all-ages workshops, and offer community composting for free. We are currently fundraising to support our participating gardens more efficiently. Help us fight for a more equitable food system that supports networks of neighbors engaging with LOCAL food alternatives to traditional food supply chains.

Thank YOU for your support and contributions as we aim to better serve the people we work with! 

The Grow-Op
[email protected]
312.825.4055

Recent posts by Grow-Op Chicago

Tiers
Earth Worm
$2 or more per month
--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria 

                    << $20/year if paid upfront >> 

Garden Gnome
$3 or more per month
--> 2 Plants of your choice. 1 House plant, and 1 Edible plant.        

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria 

                    << $30/year if paid upfront >> 

Seasonal Supporter
$5 or more per month
--> 4 Plants, 1 for each season, your choice

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Home Grower Support Phone Line  

                    << $50/year if paid upfront >> 

Plant Maven
$8 or more per month
--> 9 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months. 

--> 1 Spring & 1 Summer Liquid Fertilizer Drop (homemade, organic, enough for your whole garden)            

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line  

                    << $85/year if paid upfront >> 

Fertilize Your Life
$10 or more per month
--> Regular fertilizer drop-offs/pick-ups throughout growing season (March-November).

--> All organic and homemade. 

-- > 16 total refills (twice a month)


Combination of: worm castings, compost tea, water-soluble calcium, and fish emulsion.


--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 


                 << $100/year if paid upfront >> 

Garden Goddess
$20 or more per month
--> Personalized home garden consulting 

--> 12 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months.             

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 

                    << $200/year if paid upfront >> 

EDIT

Permaculture Demimonde
$30 or more per month
--> Regular fertilizer drop-offs/pick-ups throughout growing season (March-November).

--> All organic and homemade. 

-- > 16 total refills (twice a month)

Combination of: worm castings, compost tea, water-soluble calcium, and fish emulsion.

--> Personalized home garden consulting 

--> 12 Vegetable Plants of your choice during the growing season.

--> 3 House Plants of your choice during the winter months.             

--> Compost drop-off year round at Hostel Earphoria

--> Access to 24/7 Garden FAQ Support Phone Line 

                    << $275/year if paid upfront >>