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Help Plant Slow Food Chicago's preSERVE Garden (UPDATE)

By Anthony Todd in Food on Mar 19, 2013 7:20PM

The preSERVE garden in full bloom.
Did looking at the Flower and Garden Show photos make you dream of springtime? Are you flipping through seed catalogs and counting down the days until the thaw? Well, if you need a gardening fix, and want to do some good at the same time, head down to North Lawndale this Saturday to help plant the preSERVE garden.

We visited the preSERVE garden a while back to help with the harvest, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Slow Food Chicago, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, the Chicago Honey Co-op and NeighborSpace all work together to run this community garden, and it's maintained by volunteers. They are a great group of people, and they want you to join them.

This Saturday, March 23, from 10a.m. until noon, they will be spreading compost, cleaning out beds and planting some of the first crops of the season. If you want to volunteer, RSVP online - spaces are limited. Make sure to wear work clothes and solid shoes, because you're probably going to get dirty. The garden is at 12th Place and Central Park Avenue.

The RSVP link is here. If you have any questions, email

Update (3/20): Unfortunately, the ground is still frozen and we just got word that the planting has been cancelled. We'll let you know when it comes back to life!