New Garden Classes at the YMCA

Hi my name is Chanel and I work for Summer of Solutions. I began working with them through YEP (Youth Employment Program). I really enjoy working with Summer of Solutions because it’s showed me a lot of things I didn’t know. I’m still open minded to know more but from what I have done so far it has been the best experience. I signed up to work with Children’s Garden at The United Church of Rogers Park. However, we recently began new garden classes at the Westwood Manor nursing home where we run a greenhouse. We teach the kids from the YMCA Summer Camp next door about gardening so they will start their own garden with their families.

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OMG Corn is so big!

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So seriously, the garden has been the most exciting working group ever ALWAYS.  But this week especially, things have gone NUTS. Before my eyes an epic opera of life and death, of vegetable and gardener, of difficulty and triumph has slowly unfolded.

We’ve been pulling in beans on beans, squash is shooting out of the ground left and right, and the first dark purple blobs hinting at future eggplants have appeared.  Despite this, not everything in the garden bodes so well.

Screening of film Shift Change July 30th

SHIFT CHANGE: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK!

My name is Elizabeth Zurita, This year I am a participant in the Summer of Solutions program that LETS Go Chicago runs every summer. I am from very small town south Venezuela.  As a person that comes from an undeveloped country I know how important is to work for the less privileged communities finding the way to empower them with more dignifying and democratic workplaces.

To achieve a better living standard does not have to be an unreachable dream for all those that find themselves in the need to so. This is why I want to dedicate this week’s post to let you know about the benefits of worker owned cooperatives.

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Coming back for a second Summer of Solutions

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David Mack (center) talking with the LETS GO team in summer 2012

Hello everyone! My name is David Mack. I am from Evanston, but have lived in Rogers Park all of my life. I just finished my freshman year on June 12. I’m one of the youngest to join Summer of Solutions at the age of 13 (I am 14 now). I am doing my second year here. I like this program because it gives me the chance to make a change in my town. I mean, who wouldn’t want to make their home a better place if they were given the chance? I was given the chance, and now I’m making my home a better place. Continue reading

Welcome to the Children’s Garden!

Hello, friends!

Kids sharing their vegetables with the community

Kids sharing their vegetables with the community

Well, maybe we’re not friends yet–let me introduce myself! My name is Desi, I live in Chicago, I’m a grad student/writer/amateur gardener, and I love cheese. This is my first year at Summer of Solutions, and I’m proud to be one of the teachers of the Children’s Garden Class.

Before this program, I was aware of the nutrition deficit that many Americans deal with. A growing number of Americans don’t know what a healthy diet looks like, and even those who do often lack the funds to follow one. But even as aware as I was of the problem, I had never thought much about a solution. And I’m not sure why. Especially because what we are doing this summer–growing food locally and educating the community on how to do the same–seems like such an obvious answer. But now that I’m in-the-know, I’m super excited to pass on my knowledge and skills to a great group of kids. Continue reading