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Shout out to City Farm in Chicago! September 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — caroline@LFC @ 12:01 pm
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Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather – I need to get away from this computer to head outside.  But, before I go, I had to offer a little plug for my dear friends at City Farm in Chicago.  If you’re anywhere near Chicago – or simply need an excuse to head that way! – you should visit City Farm this Monday (September 29th) for their 2008 Harvest Dinner Fundraiser. City Farm is partnering with Chicago’s own Goose Island Brewery to bring you an evening of dinner and drinks that’s not to be forgotten.  When else will you have a chance to be wined (beered?) and dined amongst rows of veggies in view of the Chicago skyline?

Tickets cost $50 and the folks at City Farm are asking that you RSVP by Friday, September 26 if you plan to attend.  RSVPs should be sent to cityfarmchicago@gmail.com.  The dinner will be held on the farm, 1204 N. Clybourn in Chicago, from 6pm-10pm.  All proceeds will benefit City Farm.

For those of you not familiar with City Farm, it is a one-acre food producing garden on Chicago’s near west side.  The City Farmers, led by Tim Wilson, use organic methods to farm the vacant lot on which their raised bed operation is perched.  They sell to high end Chicago restaurants and to the low-income neighbors down the street.  City Farm also hosts a wide array of students, interns, and volunteers throughout the growing season.  According to its web site,

City Farm is a sustainable organic farm bordering two very diverse Chicago neighborhoods:  Cabrini Green and The Gold Coast.  Located on the west side of Clybourn Avenue, just north of Division Street, the farm boasts 30 varieties of tomatoes as well as beets, carrots, potatoes, gourmet lettuces, herbs and melons.  All produce is grown in composted soil generated from various sources, such as restaurant trimmings from some of the city’s finest kitchens.”

You can read more about City Farm here.  But really, no amount of reading can stand in for the real thing.  So head out to City Farm on Monday to support their work!

Happy day,
Caroline

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