Creating a network of home-growers supporting community gardens and farms

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Compost Worm

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Small but important. You create the foundation of our circular ecosystem. You touch the gross stuff.

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Garden Gnome

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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.

Farmer's Market Fanatic

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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.

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About Grow-Op

Grow-Op is an urban agriculture advocacy group and seed-starting initiative based in Chicago. 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. 

Currently, we have changed focus and are running a farm, OTIS Fresh Market in Back of the Yards. We are seeking volunteers for the 2022 season and donations to cover costs of water access for the season, paying community members to lead free workshops, and our weekly food distribution program in collaboration with our neighbor Breathing Room's Everybody Eats program. 

We started in 2015 by running youth garden education programming and starting the "Home Grower's Program" - our flagship mutual aid project - which distributed over 1,500 healthy transplants to gardens and farms across the city with the help of 10 different "home-grower" volunteers. We mobilized them to start seeds at home and then delivered the mature plants to participating gardens and organizations. 

Help us work towards 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 and reach out if you'd like to be a home grower :)

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$8.82 of $100 per month
At $100 per month, we can fund costs of seeds, compost, and paying six community members to lead workshops, teach-ins, and cooking demos for the 2022 season.
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