FACE2FACE Summer Workshop Series: Encouraging Biodiversity

Thank you to everyone who attended the second workshop of our virtual summer series on June 29th! Danielle Russell from Openlands gave an amazing introduction to encouraging biodiversity in the city, including some tips on how to promote biodiversity in your own garden.

We’d also like to extend a big thank you to our partners at FACE2 and Chicago Grows Food for their support and collaboration with the ongoing workshop series, Intro to Summer Gardening.

Workshop Schedule

To view the entire workshop schedule and register for upcoming workshops, please click on the following links for the fliers in both Spanish and English where the registration link can be found:

Virtual Workshop: Encouraging Biodiversity

Running Q&A document from summer workshop series

Workshop Recording

Workshop Resources and Links

Workshop Recipe

Relaxing Lavender Chamomile Gummies

During the workshop, attendee Kathleen Hardy shared with us a recipe for relaxing lavender chamomile gummies! If you plant lavender and chamomile in your garden to encourage pollinators, this recipe would be a great way to put some of those flowers to use. Use a gummy or two in place of a cup of tea for a soothing treat.

  • 1/2 cup sugar, honey, or combination of the two
  • 2 cups of water for the gelatin, plus 1/4 cup water for the syrup
  • Up to 1/4 cup lavender
  • 1/4 cup chamomile tea (or 2-4 tea bags of your choice of calming tea)
  • 3 packages plain gelatin
  1. To make simple syrup, combine honey, water, and lavender in a small saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the lavender buds using cheesecloth or a strainer. You should have about 3/4-1 cup of lavender syrup.
  2. Brew a strong 1 to 1-1/2 cups of whatever tea you are making. Let cool to a warm, not hot, temperature.
  3. Pour tea in mixing bowl and add about 1/2 cup of the lavender syrup, or more if you’d like a sweeter gummy. Whisk in all of the gelatin. Pour into mold/ice cube tray and refrigerate until firm. Remove from mold (set into a pan of hot water for a minute to loosen them) and transfer to a container. Gummies will keep in the fridge for about a week. The leftover lavender syrup is also good in a cup of tea just by itself!

We would love to keep featuring recipes from the community throughout this workshop series, so if you have a recipe you’d like to share please email it to chicagoprogram@biggreen.org . If you have any other questions about the workshops series please feel free to reach out to this email as well.