COMM/POST | MAY 31, 2018
Help Build Your Newest Garden! Sign Up for GrowUptown Build Days

Two weeks ago, you helped celebrate the GrowUptown garden groundbreaking - now it's time to start building!

Join your friends, neighbors, and fellow gardeners as we build the newest Pop-Up Victory Garden in Uptown. There are several shifts to fit your schedule and we have tasks for all skills and abilities - all are welcome!

Did you know many companies offer corporate matching programs for volunteer hours and donations?

It's true! Check with your company's HR department to find out more, and your donation or volunteer hours could go even farther!
Garden Plant-By Date is June 1

A gentle reminder that the plant-by deadline for PGP gardens is June 1. This is the time to clear weeds in and  around your plot and  start planting  to signal that you intend to care for your garden for the season.

Many gardeners are on the waitlist, so if you aren’t going to plant this year, please let us know as soon as possible. If you haven't planted your garden yet, but know you will still be gardening with PGP this season, please send an email with your garden, plot number, and name to

Please note that cancellations after June 1 will not receive a membership refund and your plot will be assigned to a gardener on the waitlist.
Are your lettuce plants suddenly very tall and starting to flower? They may be bolting!

Bolting happens when lettuces send up a long flower stalk to begin the next stage of their lives – seed production . At this point, the leaves will be a little less sweet or even bitter, but you can still pick them off the flower stalk to eat.


While lettuce flowers may not be very tasty, chive flowers are another story!

Chive flowers are delicious and beautiful in salads or topping an omelette, but another great way to preserve their flavor is by making an infused vinegar.

This bright pink vinegar can be used in vinaigrettes, chicken salad, deviled egg filling, or anywhere you want to add a tart onion flavor.

New Improvisational Cooking Class Series Starts June 19 -
What Will You Bring to the Pot?
Many of us are familiar with the folk story of stone soup: a traveler arrives in a new town and says, "I will make everyone the most delicious soup out of water and a single stone." Each towns-person ends up contributing one ingredient to the pot, and by the time the soup is cooked, the community has come together to create a meal to feed everyone.

This summer, join your neighbors as we bring that sense of community and adventure into the kitchen with a new Stone Soup cooking class series ! This monthly hands-on class will focus on seasonal and improvisational cooking - attendees will each bring an ingredient that we’ll transform into a delicious meal!

You'll learn about what’s in season, key ingredients and adaptable recipes (more than just soup!), and discuss ideas for improvisational cooking (aka “how can I make a meal from these ingredients?”). At the end of class, we'll share the meal we’ve created at our community table. Learn more and sign up for the first class on June 19!
June Garden Minute Videos
There's lots to do in the garden in June! From cutting tomato suckers and deadheading to dealing with common garden pests, what you do this month will help keep your garden flourishing all through the summer!

Watch the Garden Minute videos for nine important tasks for June!
Book Your Summer Event at PGP's Community Cooking School
Looking for a fun party or team building idea and want something different from the usual restaurant or mini-golf outing?
Contact us today to schedule a fun, unique event for you and your friends or colleagues, learn something new, and enjoy a delicious meal in the process.
From "mystery box" challenges to DIY pasta, we've got a class that will hit the spot. Your event helps support free programs for seniors, kids, and refugees, too!
News from Our Neighbors
Friendship Center Jam for Bread Fundraiser on June 6
Help support one of our Grow2Give partners as they raise funds to support their mission. This year's proceeds will also benefit the campaign for their new home in Lincoln Square and expanded programming. Learn more and RSVP .

Farm-to-Turntable on June 16
Join Herban Produce and Manifest Chicago for a celebration of the common threads of music, food and art and explore the concept of urban farms as a gathering place for people from around the City and all the goodness that comes with that – healthy food, and conversations on farming. Learn more .

Green City Market Chef BBQ Fundraiser on July 19
GCM's Chef BBQ is one of Chicago's most anticipated food events of the summer! Over 100 of Chicago's top restaurants and beverage purveyors provide tasting dishes and craft beverages featuring local, sustainable produce and products from Green City Market farmers.  Learn more and buy tickets.
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Peterson Garden Project is a 501c3 Chicago-based nonprofit whose mission is to recruit, educate, and inspire everyone (seriously) to grow and cook their own food.
We change lives, families, and communities in the process.

All donations are tax deductible. Your support is much appreciated!
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