Most people who live in the city of Chicago are lucky to have any sort of balcony or outdoor area. And a garden …that’s typically out of the question! One local organization is looking to change that. Slow Food Chicago wants locals to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow their own fresh produce.
The non-profit organization tends a large garden in North Lawndale in collaboration with the Northlawndale Greening Committee and the Chicago Honey Coop. The garden harvests fruits, vegetables, and legumes galore and anyone who visits can take produce home for their dinner.
At the root of the organization is a unique mission to bring good, clean and fair food to the masses. Slow Food Chicago Co-President, Megan Larmer, says, “Clean food is grown in a way that takes into consideration the well-being of the planet and the well-being of all of the organisms on that planet. Fair food is produced in a way so that the people that are growing, harvesting, and making it are treated with respect and dignity.”
But the fresh food they advocate isn’t just good, clean, and fair…it’s also tasty and packed with nutrients. Registered Dietician, Dawn Jackson Blatner, says “the longer it takes for the food to get to you, the more nutrients it loses.” So, when you’re taking fresh food directly from the ground you’re gaining the most nutritional value.
Slow Food is a global movement, and the Chicago chapter boasts 500 members. The group hosts many events throughout the year, including dinners and volunteer activities in the Chicagoland area. For more information visit slowfoodchicago.org.