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Fresh December harvest from our Chicago urban farmstead

Five fantastic interns and volunteers joined me for our last urban farmstead volunteer day of the year, just before the snow and below-zero wind-chill hit Chicago. After mulching First Presbyterian Church’s landscape with donated woodchips and feeding our composting worms, all six of us piled into our low tunnel, the 7’x 24’ passive solar mini greenhouse we built in our demonstration garden in October. Crouched under the 4 foot ceiling, we thinned, harvested and pulled slugs from beets, carrots, chard, radishes and turnips planted this summer and fall. Our extended season crops in the low tunnel also include arugula, endive, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, and scallions, which we’ll continue to harvest throughout the cold months. To learn more, register now for our year-round growing workshop, or contact me to sign up for weekly farmstead volunteer days, which will resume in February.

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