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Past Events

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MWUF Summit March 9 & 10 at The Plant

We are excited to announce The Plant will be hosting the Midwest Urban Farmers Summit on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. All details for the event can be found below or at the website http://midwesturbanfarmers.org/

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It’s an exciting time for urban farming in Chicago. A string of new projects and opportunities, not the least of which being the 13 square-mile “urban farming district” currently materializing on the South Side, stand as firm proof that farming has its place here and in urban centers across the region for years to come.

With the growing season approaching, now’s the perfect time for farmers to gather as a community to share ideas and practices on how to cultivate a city lot into an agricultural enterprise.

The Midwest Urban Farmers Summit is your chance to be a part of this conversation. Set to take place on March 9th and 10th at the Plant, an inspiring vertical farm and food business incubator in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, the summit will include both moderated panel discussions and “break out” opportunities for farmers to meet and discuss the challenges and successes of their unique environment, from dealing with contamination and managing permanent beds to forming civic and commercial partnerships and achieving both sustainability and profitability.

WHAT: The first annual Midwest Urban Farmers Summit

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 9th and 10th, 2013

WHERE: The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago, IL 60609

COST: $10 – 20 suggested donation (no one will be turned away).

HOW (to contact us): write to mwufsummit@gmail.com or call (779) 772 4142

Scheduled workshop topics include “Organizing urban farming at your school,” “Managing multiple plots for one farm” and “Finding land for nonprofits and for-profit farms,” with more discussions in the works.

Whether an aspiring grower, seasoned farmer or just someone interested in the state of local agriculture, we’d love to see you there. To learn more about the MWUF Summit please visit http://midwesturbanfarmers.org/

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Eisenmann Biogas System

The Plant is excited to announce that groundbreaking on the anaerobic digester will officially begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 9 in the back yard of The Plant. This event is open to media and the public.

Joining us will be Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Karen Weigert; Alderman Pat Dowell; President Mark West of the Eisenmann Corporation; and Senior Loan/Program Officer Mark Fick of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, a lender for the project. Once completed, the digester will use 5,000 tons of organic waste annually to produce a methane-based biogas. This biogas will feed a generator that will produce electricity and heat for the building and its businesses. This process will require no additional use of fossil fuels.

Learn more about this event from our press release and fact sheets.

This project was made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Chicago Community Loan Fund, and Eisenmann Corporation.

 

 

Monster Food Truck Rally

The Plant and Advocates for Urban Agriculture are excited to announce the Monster Food Truck Rally!

Gates open Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11-5pm! $7 entry will get you:

  • Free tours all afternoon!
  • Free live music from great Chicago bands!
  • Free screening of “Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty”
  • An urban agriculture Showcase Showdown, featuring produce and info from Chicagoland’s best farms!
  • AND access to Chicago’s best food trucks, including Babycakes, Gigi’s Bakeshop, Samich Box, Ste. Martaen, Waygu Wagon, and more!

We’d love to know if you’re coming! RSVP on Facebook and be sure to share the event with your friends. And if you’d like to volunteer to work the event (with free admission, of course) email us at info@plantchicago.com to find out what positions are open.

Get ready to rally!

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Open House, Saturday June 9

Join us this Saturday, June 9th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Plant for an afternoon of great food and family fun!

Activities include:

  • Tours every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Barbequeing (with veg options)
  • Home-brew beer judging contest, with beer from three great local home-brewers
  • Name-a-fish contest where the best name gets a free t-shirt!
  • Sign-up for upcoming gardening classes at The Plant
  • …And more!

The suggested donation for entry is $7, which helps us cover the cost of the event.

We’ve made great progress over the year; come see what’s changed! Street parking is available, and of course there’s always the CTA. Children are allowed at the Open House and are allowed on tours, but we ask that you keep very careful watch of them. The Plant is still largely under construction and can potentially be dangerous for unsupervised children.

Also, make a day of it and head over to see our good friends at Growing Home for their Spring Open House! Join them at their farm at 5814 S. Wood St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for good food, tours, and more. It’s a good day for seeing food around the South Side!

Going to attend? Let us know by RSVP’ing on Facebook!

*Kids are welcome with their parents on tours, but please keep close watch of them – it can be dangerous in the building.

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Greenhorns Screening

“The Greenhorns” Screening

Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.

Thanks for everyone who came out the screening! We had a great time and were delighted by your support. See you again soon!