“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge

It took a lot more than unicorn magic to make this public hearing a reality! David Brown, Level Architects, Nicole Montgomery, lots of attorneys, experts, and civil servants from Evanston… so many smart and passionate people have brought City Grange to this point. April 18 is going to be an exciting day!

Big milestone!

If it’s in the newspaper it must be true! The building for City Grange has passed the zoning committee and now moves to City Council… April 18!

Next stop… Woodlawn

When I wrote Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook it was meant to be a guide for other organizations wanting to make change through the revolutionary act of growing food together. I have the same dream for City Grange… that what we will do can be a template that supports and fast-tracks jobs, education and change using the garden industry to facilitate it. My mother always says “be careful what you wish for”… last Friday I finally got to meet my “sister in arms” – or maybe I should say my “shovel sister” –  naomi davis with Blacks in Green. She has a similar dream for her project in Woodlawn… the ball is rolling! 

The pieces fall together…

More on-site meetings last week talking about easements, grading and the big, fabulous organic demo garden we’re going to have thanks to a beautification lease with Union Pacific (fingers crossed)!

As my developer friend, David Brown, says… “this is the perfect example of public/private/nonprofit partnership.” I agree!

Working with Union Pacific on this beautification lease means City Grange will have a (really) big demo garden to demonstrate organic gardening techniques, be a place for community to gather and a safe spot for pollinators and wildlife.

Social Impact Investing

Found a lot of inspiration yesterday at the Slow Money Institute #SOIL17 event. As a woman entrepreneur looking for capital in the urban ag space, it provided a lot of great ideas and a sense of community. The panel on MONEY was also well balanced with women and men. I hope to make some connections to move my (awesome) project forward with funders who get the entire picture and understand shared risk.

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