Classes and Workshops

Plant Chicago offers a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year in mycology, aquaponics, and outdoor farming, so check back often to see what’s happening!

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Intro to Aquaponic Gardening 

Where – The Plant,
1400 W 46th St. Chicago, IL 60609

Workshop will take place downstairs in the Plant Chicago aquaponic farm.

  • Saturday, October 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm – TICKETS
  • Price — $20
  • Discounted Public Tour ticket — $5 (with purchase of workshop ticket, redeem any Saturday at 2 pm)
Come learn the basics of aquaponic farming with Plant Chicago’s Farm Coordinator Eric Weber.  We will discuss how aquaponics works, its benefits, types of growing systems, and tips on how to build a system yourself.

Aquaponics 101

Where – Rebuilding Exchange

  • Saturday, October 17th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – TICKETS
  • Sunday, December 13th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – TICKETS 

Price – $15

Aquaponics is a method of farming that symbiotically combines fish and plants in a continuously cycling water-based growing system. This system mimics an ecosystem and significantly reduces water, fertilizer, and pesticide usage. Further, the system can be based indoors, making it a year-round growing option that can be placed close to the site of consumption.

The workshop will cover the history and background of aquaponic farming, basic components of an aquaponic system, construction and plumbing, and best practices for using reclaimed material suitable for plants and fish.

The Plant is a 93,500 square foot former meat packing plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood repurposed into a net-zero energy vertical farm and business incubator. A complex and highly interrelated system, The Plant is home to indoor and outdoor farm programs, an education center, dedicated and shared spaces for food businesses, and a renewable energy system that will eventually divert over 10,000 tons of food waste from landfills each year to meet all of its heat and power needs.

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