Field Trip @ Jane Addams Hull House

06/25/2013

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Making a new home for plants from the former Hull-House Farm

06/20/2013

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Field Trip @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

06/19/2013

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We visited the Chicago Center for Green Technology to learn about environmentally friendly practices and technologies.  It was amazing to see all of the different technological innovations the center deploys in order to reduce their “foot print”. Permeable pavement, rain gardens, and large rain cisterns offset the storm water runoff on the property while reusing it for sustainable purposes like irrigation and watering vegetables. We also learned about eco-friendly building materials that was repurposed waste material for various applications like carpets, floor tiles, and countertops. Finally, we saw the rooftop of the center where a rain garden and photovoltaic cells (solar panels) could be found.
---------------Karl Novak 
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Transplanting & Havesting from Hull House Farm

06/18/2013

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Grass Planting @ Library Planters

06/18/2013

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Field Trip @ Atkin Garden - West Campus UIC

06/12/2013

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We visited the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden located on UIC’s west campus. Here, we were led by a doctor from UIC’s College of Pharmacy to tour the garden space and learn valuable information about medicinal plants.  Many of the plants were researched due to their local cultural uses for aiding in pains and ailments of the human body. We adopted several of the plants found at the garden for our own heritage gardens.  A seed exchange between the Atkins Garden and the Heritage Gardens may take place later in the season.

--------Karl Novak
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Grass Planting @ AACC planter

06/06/2013

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El Valor locates in Pilsen neighborhood and works with 4000 families in the Chicago area to enrich and empower people with disabilities. Their community garden is our primary goal. We are amazed to find a lot of heritage plants there and how organized the space is.  We also get to see their artwork and the kitchen space where they cook using the locally growing ingredients. 

--------Jessica Zhang 
 

Butterfly Weed Planting

06/03/2013

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Turning Soil @ Planters

06/03/2013

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