Fundraiser for Chicago’s Largest Community Vegetable Garden on August 5th!

Join The Peterson Garden Project on August 15th for an adventure in community gardening – retro style!

WHO: The Peterson Garden Project is an organic, community vegetable garden on the southwest corner of Peterson and Campbell in Chicago’s 40th Ward. The garden contains 157 raised-bed gardens, and is Chicago’s largest community garden devoted to growing edibles. Continue reading Fundraiser for Chicago’s Largest Community Vegetable Garden on August 5th!

Fresh Organic Lettuce From Chicago’s City Farm

Yesterday afternoon, the OrganicNation crew took a trip over to City Farm to see if we could score some fresh lettuce. In previous years a farm stand on Clybourn Street sold veggies to the public on certain days of the week, although it wasn’t open when we arrived. The summer interns working the farm made an exception, cutting some lettuce straight from the ground for us. Continue reading Fresh Organic Lettuce From Chicago’s City Farm

Zia QueenBee Co: Sustainable Beekeeping in New Mexico

We don’t know if it’s possible, but each stop on the Southwest Tour seems better than the last. A day after reaching Santa Fe, NM, we met up with Melanie Kirby, co-owner of Zia Queenbee Co, and followed her on a gorgeous hour-long drive to her home in Truchas, NM. Continue reading Zia QueenBee Co: Sustainable Beekeeping in New Mexico

Will Michelle Obama’s Garden Ever Be More Than a Prop?

Over the weekend, my parents alerted me to a story that appeared in the Buffalo News (syndicated from theBaltimore Sun, of all places), which laid out a a conspiracy theory involving Michelle Obama’s organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House. Skeptics charge that the garden “was bought at a produce section and faked,” and that Michelle Obama pulled a fast one on the fifth-graders from Bancroft Elementary School and the White House press corps. Continue reading Will Michelle Obama’s Garden Ever Be More Than a Prop?

Visiting Granata Farms, An Urban Farm in Denver

While producing a video about SAME Café, the pay-what-you-can restaurant on Denver’s Northwest Side, co-owner Libby Birky suggested that we check out Granata Farms, which provides a lot of the fresh, organic vegetables served at SAME Café. So while we were in Denver, we met up with Elaine Granata at her one-acre plot on Clarkson Street. Continue reading Visiting Granata Farms, An Urban Farm in Denver

Video Exclusive: Gulf Coast Braces for Oil

Earlier this week, we visited the Gulf Coast and filmed this video in Biloxi, Mississippi about the fast-approaching oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. We met with Mike Murphy from The Nature Conservancy in Biloxi Bay to talk about local wildlife, and how environmental groups are working to protect valuable wetlands in the region. Continue reading Video Exclusive: Gulf Coast Braces for Oil