Farm & Garden

Growing Power Fetes 10 Year Anniversary at New Headquarters

February 16 2012 - 1:47 PM

Anniversary Word CloudIf you've seen Growing Power's stand at the Green City, 61st Street, or Englewood Farmers' markets, you're aware of their organic produce and friendly staff. But much goes on behind the scenes of Growing Power, an organization that developes community food systems from the ground up. For ten years, Growing Power has brought together people of diverse backgrounds for projects ranging from youth employment to hydroponic planting to vermicomposting. They hope to continue to grow for at least another ten years, and they're hosting an educational anniversary party to celebrate.

On Saturday, February 25 from 1 to 6 P.M., Growing Power will throw open the doors of its new headquarters at Iron Street Urban Farm, a seven-acre industrial site that had previously been abandoned, but now hosts a farm, community center, and aquaponics area. During the anniversary party, guests can take hourly tours as well as participate in an aquaponic demonstration from 1 to 5 P.M., where they'll learn to create a closed-loop, natural system that includes both fish and plants.

Tickets are $35, including beer and appetizers, and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

–Kate Bernot