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Parent Volunteer Highlight: Jennifer Shaffer

To run a successful garden, it can take a village. That is why Big Green Chicago’s parent volunteers are so important. I went to the Sabin Magnet School to talk to Jennifer Shaffer, a parent volunteer, during their learning garden’s open house. Shaffer sits on Big Green Chicago’s Associates’ Board and volunteers at her daughters […]


Winter Garden Resources

Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and fall crops are ready for harvest…winter is here! Winter brings unique opportunities to engage in the Learning Garden: harvesting fall crops, planting garlic, leading creative writing activities, and reconnecting with your Garden Team. These are all wonderful ways to engage with the garden during the current season. Our […]


Garden Educator Highlight: Katherine Jernigan

Big Green Chicago Garden Educators take on the role of helping with the maintenance and curriculum involved in the Learning Gardens throughout the city. I sat down with a Big Green Garden Educator Katherine Jernigan to hear about the progress happening in the Learning Gardens. Listen to our conversation or read the transcript! Natalie: Hello […]


Sponsor Highlight: TCF Bank

This past April, Big Green Chicago held the Big Green Gala supporting the Chicago 200 Learning Garden Initiative, presented by TCF Bank (TCF). We are so thankful to our friends at TCF for helping make our mission a reality. We asked them why they chose to support Big Green. “At TCF, all of our team […]


Fall Garden Resources

This time of year is an exciting time of transition in the garden – summer crops are ready for harvest, and fall crops are ready to be planted!  The fall garden features exciting crops that are great for making a delicious salad, but it can be tricky to plant and harvest from your garden when […]