Remember that task force I blogged about a little while ago? The one where folks went to Springfield to lobby for passage of the Illinois Food, Farms & Jobs Act? Well, I got an e-mail from Greg Bratton saying that they passed it with only one vote in opposition. Yea!!
If you’re interested, here’s the text of the act as passed and a copy of the report that was prepared by the task force and presented to the Illinois General Assembly. (Be patient. It takes a minute for the report to load).
Growing locally has become a big deal these days. Everybody’s getting in on the band wagon. The Garfield Park Conservatory allows community gardening organizations to start seeds in the greenhouse. I went with Gregory Bratton of Healthy Southeast and a few other members to start seeds for the gardens. There were so many people there. I was told that last year there were only 15 people, but if I had to guess I say there were 30 people there tonight. The Conservatory provides you space in the greenhouse where you can start your seeds and house the seedlings there until it’s time to plant in the ground.
The Conservatory is a well used facility. They have many free family oriented events, teacher resources. They even have room rentals available for weddings, meetings, reunions. It’s really a wonderful resource.
In the gardening arena, I can see condenstaion dripping down the side walls of the “hoop house.”
That’s a good thing, right? It means the inside is warmer than the outisde. Hopefully I’ll be able to see some green leaves in there in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck.