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Learning on the farm

Students love coming into the garden area, to plant vegetables, learn about how to grow vegetables, and experience working in the “dirt.”

This spring, Dunne Tech and SEEDS partnered with Seven Generations Ahead, which delivered a special 10-week program for 3rd and 4th graders, Roots and Fruits. To support the classroom learning, students came out to the farm on several occasions.

During our first outing in the farm, we were joined by master composters: Larry and Allen Christiansen from Christiansen Farms and Judy Herlihy from Compost Supply. They donated almost 75 cubic yards of fresh compost to get our garden going as part of the Million Tomato Compost Campaign. SEEDS planted over 300 tomato plants - and are celebrating the harvest this fall!

We ended the program with a cooking demonstration for the parents with Chef Patrick Williams. (see picture to the right)

About Dunne's Outdoor Classroom

The classroom was built by generous efforts with City of Chicago GreenCorps, SEEDS volunteers, and painted with the enthusiastic efforts of Dunne’s students.

Now, students who come to work at the mini-farm have a place to sit and listen to each other, and to teachers.

Newly planted - with our student painted rain
barrels in the background

We ended the program with a cooking demonstration for the parents with Chef Patrick Williams.

SEEDS out in the neighborhood

This July SEEDS participated in the 3rd Annual Taste of WVON. We set up a farm stand and shared the booth with our partners, Growing Power and Chicago State University. Here’s one of our young entrepreneur’s working with Chef Patrick Williams during our cooking demonstration.

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Volunteering on the farm

It takes lots of work to plant, maintain and harvest the 3500 pounds of vegetables that we grow on our farm. This summer, we had students from Julian High School and Fenger High School join us, young adults from the Agape Center, and of course our volunteers from the community. Volunteers are always welcome!

At the market

From our first season, SEEDS opens the farm to customers, to pick their own vegetables, or stop by the Farm Stand (usual hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - but folks may and often do stop by whenever SEEDS volunteers are at work) to purchase fresh natural grown vegetables at or below market price.

Enjoying the bounty of our mini-farm!

Come enjoy the bounty of our mini-farm! We have Farm Stand hours every Sat. and give tours of mini-farm whenever SEEDS volunteers are on the site!