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Slow Food preSERVE Garden Starts The Season This Saturday And Needs Your Help

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 10, 2012 6:20PM

2012_4_10Preserve2.jpeg If you're a gardener, an aspiring gardener, or just someone who wants to play in the dirt, this weekend is your time. The Slow Food preSERVE garden, which we visited last year, is getting started up for the season and needs volunteers. If you volunteer, you don't just get the satisfaction of gardening, you also can get a share of the harvest.

The garden, located in North Lawndale, will open for business this Saturday at 10. From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., "volunteers will spread spread planting material on the garden beds, excavate holes, and help plant fruit trees, shrubs, vines, onions, and potatoes," according to Slow Food Chicago. An RSVP is required (email and you should bring a lunch if you plan to work all day. Water is provided.

Last year, the preSERVE garden ran a ton of wonderful events, and it's a good idea to get involved early. The schedule for 2012 isn't posted yet, but it'll probably be even better.

The Slow Food Chicago preSERVE garden is located at the corner of 12th Place and Central Park Avenue.