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. The site was part of an original WW2 Victory Garden from 1942-1945, and was re-launched for Chicago residents who, like those gardeners almost 70 years ago, want to work with their neighbors to grow their own food. The project was founded by LaManda Joy, an award-winning gardener who blogs about urban gardening at The Yarden.

WHAT: A wine tasting fundraiser from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 to raise money for the garden and a documentary about the project entitled “Victory! The Home-grown Documentary”. Tickets range from $40 to $85, and can be purchased here.

WHY: Local chefs Kathy Skutecki, Chris Stoye, The Scrumptious Pantry’s Lee Greene, Celeste Dolan and Tracy Kellner of Provenance Food & Wine will offer appetizers accompanied by an assortment of fine wines from Vinejoy. Folk musician Alison O’Konis will provide the evening’s music. Local jewelry studio gray workshop will show new jewelry designs, and proceeds from sales will benefit The Peterson Garden Project.