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Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility 2015

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Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza

Excitement is in the air. Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park this year from July 31 to August 2 featuring a lineup highlighted by Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

The festival hosts 142 musical acts on eight stages and 100,000 fans and promises to be a weekend for everyone to remember.

Smackdab in the heart of the festivities, Green Street holds true to all of the Festival’s core values of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. It is home to a curated art market, activations by non-profit organizations, farm-to-festival fare, and environmental efforts.

Mosey on by in-between sets to shop the Greet Street Art Market where you’ll find treasures ranging from music inspired paintings to upcycled accessories and ethically traded international artwork.  

Swing by the Lolla Farmers Market to enjoy small-batch, homegrown Chicago flavors and hob-knob with the locally sourced vendors while satisfying your conscious cravings! Read the rest of this entry »

Waste Not: How Lollapalooza Handles Its Trash

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Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

By Brian Hieggelke

Like every major event in Grant Park, Lollapalooza patrons generate tons of waste. We’ve always been impressed, though, by how earnestly Lollapalooza works to mitigate its impact on the park, and the environment in general, by on-site initiatives as well as the larger emphasis on social causes that the Lolla Cares section of Green Street promotes. We corresponded by email with Alysha N. Hernández, who oversees environmental initiatives for the festival, about this topic.

With so many festival goers spending three days in Grant Park, eating and drinking as well as listening to music, Lollapalooza must generate tons of garbage. 
The Festival has many diversion efforts in place to keep waste out of the landfill. Grant Park is cherished by Lollapalooza and its festival producers, C3 Presents. In 2014, for example, our waste diversion efforts at the festival resulted in 131 tons of recycled or composted material thanks to fans and staff. Lollapalooza works hard to keep Grant Park and the planet healthy and enjoyable for generations to come. We also work to engage the patrons to join in the act, so it’s a two-pronged waste diversion approach… .the festival producers and the patrons. The success of the recycling and composting programs requires participation from everyone! Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes Lollapalooza Green 2015

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Waste Diversion
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans called Rock & Recycle. Hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and dedicated Love Hope Strength Foundation Ambassadors support the effort to divert waste in a huge way. Please help divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste. You can also reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the five CamelBak Filling Stations. Over the past five years, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over 1.4 million water bottles!

Rock & Recycle Program
Rock out, recycle, and get rewarded with a free collectible Lollapalooza 2015 t-shirt! You can also earn a chance to win a new bike for some eco-friendly transportation around town or 2016 Festival tickets! Feel free to mail a card by Recycled Paper Greetings to a special someone you are missing at the show.

Visit one of the four Rock & Recycle centers throughout the park for more details! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Art Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street 

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods.

Black Ink Art

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Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is our second time at Lolla. We had an awesome experience last year and look forward to this year.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
Crazy wacky amazing eccentric art time: prints, original paintings, sketchbooks. A lot of products with our works on them. Maybe live painting at any given time.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We’re from Philly; my brother and I are both artists. For the past four years we’ve been doing it full time, mostly by touring music and arts festivals, selling art to the mindful masses and trying to get our name out there.

How green are you? 
Well in general art isn’t the greenest industry, but we’re green when we can be by upcycling in our work using old frames, magazines and found objects. When given the option, we recycle of course.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
By that time I hope to have transcended my human form to join the moss clan, growing art on rocks found in your local rock garden!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
There’s a pretty awesome lineup this year, but to pick a few; Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, TV On The Radio and Paul McCartney are definitely on the top of my list. I was lucky enough to catch Paul a few years ago at Bonnaroo and would like to double-check that box on my bucket list.

Black Light Visuals

www.blacklightvisuals.com/
facebook.com/BLVisuals

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? 
This is our first Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We will be transforming people’s arms into psychedelic works of art with our abstract painting process.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are from Detroit, Michigan and have been doing this for four years.

Chaos Card Company

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Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This will be our fifth year, and we’re seriously considering setting down some roots here in Chicago.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Chaos is an artisan family workshop practicing the centuries-old craft of serigraphy, in its near-original form. Using skills and secrets developed over the course of thirty years of screen-printing, every one of our garments is printed FREE-HAND. Each piece of clothing is hand-registered and hand-pulled without the use of a press or any machinery, making everything we print a little bit unique and truly one-of-a-kind: tee shirts, tanks and jerseys, mini-dresses and maxi-dresses, wraps and hoodies, messenger bags and totes, hand-printed upcycled vintage denim (jeans and jackets) and NEW flannel, plus more…

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Don Rock, founder of Chaos, has been a guerrilla screen-printer for most of his life. Expelled from art school at a young age, he has been screen-printing anything that will stand still since the early 1980s. From punk-rock posters and tour shirts, political tees, craft-beer labels and tattoos to large-scale paintings and custom fashion textile designs, his work can be found all over the world. Joined by his wife Leann who brings her graphic design and fashion background to the mix, these former New Yorkers live and work out of their tiny ranch in Driftwood, Texas.

How green are you? 
We work to reduce our footprint on this earth when and wherever we can. We use water-based, low-environmental-impact inks and print on the most ethical, sustainable garments we can find. We love to “upcycle”—this year we are featuring vintage plaid flannel and western shirts with classic Chaos prints. We also recycle nearly everything in our studio, from the usual office paper to leftover fabric scraps all the way to building our NEW STUDIO(!) out of pallets and found wood.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
If it doesn’t move, we’re printing it.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Honestly, we have to take turns and get so caught up in everything it’s hard to plan—we have found some of our favorite performances completely by accident, so we’re going to leave it to chance.

Chuck U Art

chucku.com/Chuck_U.html
facebook.com/pages/Chuck-U/125339960844212
twitter.com/chuck_universal

Green Street North

Coco Loco Jewelry

coconutjewelry.com
facebook.com/CocoLocoJewelry

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
No, not our first. I believe this will be our sixth or seventh year.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
Handmade jewelry carved from natural materials such as wood, bone, horn, coconut and shell

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are based in Santa Cruz, California via Cleveland, Ohio. Coco Loco has been around for about eleven years.

How green are you?
Coco Loco is proud to be a socially responsible and environmentally conscious company. Coco Loco supports over fifty artisans around the globe and strive beyond fair trade. We work directly with all of our carvers and artists making sure that their quality of life is maintained, preserved and improved. Taking special care to source natural materials with an environmentalist mindset, we enjoy the satisfaction of finding and making beautiful jewelry out of recycled, salvaged and sustainably harvested materials. We are an approved member of GREEN AMERICA and work with groups such as americanforests.org and commonvisons.org  to educate people and to plant trees here in the USA and abroad.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
That’s anyone’s guess, hopefully introducing a whole new generation to this awesome form of art and of course rocking to the best music around.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
BadBadNotGood, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and the Alabama Shakes.

Drive By Press

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twitter.com/drivebypress

Green Street North
Completed by Greg Nanney

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is in fact our seventh Lolla rodeo. Lollapalooza is one of our favorite events out of the year to be a part of, so we’ve been jonesing for another one since last summer.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Other than killer designs carved by hand into wood, you’ll also have the choice of your favorite killer design being inked up and stamped onto any garment you choose. Not only does the experience leave an impression on your mind and the fabric, but it also takes you back in time for a second to witness the way in which the earliest printed materials were executed.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Originally from the greater Nashville, Tennessee area, and currently living and working in the Big Apple. I am the creative director/ master printer/ cofounder of Drive By Press, and have been doing it for over ten years.

How green are you?
We are pretty green for an apparel brand. We use American-made organic t-shirts and garments for our printing. Unlike screen printers who use harsh chemicals to produce their images, we use good old-fashioned hand work to carve our images into wood-blocks. Our woodblocks are carved from recycled wood material.  The ink we use is a non-toxic oil-based printing ink that we came up with ourselves! It’s totally non-toxic and has no environmental impact. We are green because we believe that clothing companies have an obligation to operate in a way that minimizes our impact on the planet and ensures that we operate in a sustainable way.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
As long as Soylent Green hasn’t become a reality, I won’t have much to complain about. And obviously I hope to still be pulling prints.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
I’m looking forward to witnessing the Black Tiger Sex Machine court the Lion Babe. But in all seriousness, Tame Impala, Flying Lotus, and Death From Above 1979 are gonna kill it!

The Foundrie

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twitter.com/thefoundrie

Green Street South
Completed by Shelah McClymont

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is actually our fourth year vending at Lolla in Chicago and we hope to vend as long as they will have us! It is by far one of our favorite festivals of the summer.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Custom-stamped charms and bracelets, handmade leather goods, screen-printed tanks and tees, and our ever-popular $5 mystery grab bags.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
When I’m not traveling and vending at festivals, I spend my days at my shop just outside St. Louis, Missouri. I opened The Foundrie in 2009 focusing on handmade and independently produced goods.

How green are you?
Being a small-business owner of a retail store means looking for ways to repurpose and reuse materials all the time. From our displays to our products, it saves us money and saves the planet in the process.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
If I live to the ripe old age of eighty-six, I hope I am still enjoying life, drinking beers, and telling the kids to get off my lawn.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
I’ve been lucky enough to catch several of my favorite bands at various festivals this year already but I heard I shouldn’t miss Gogol Bordello live at Lollapalooza.

Futurgarb

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Green Street North

GREENOLA STYLE

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Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our THIRD Lolla! We are thrilled to be back, and always look forward to jamming with the Lolla community.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
GREENOLA STYLE sells handmade jewelry and accessories that not only elevate your style, but they empower artisans in the Third World. As a Fair Trade organization, all our pieces directly impact lives. Looking for boho-chic additions to your festival style? We have you covered.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We hail from this crazy, cool city, Chicago. GREENOLA STYLE focuses on design by fostering time-honored artisan techniques from around the world. Our designs are eco-friendly, made from materials such as acai seeds, repurposed brass, ethnic textiles and more. We have FIVE (!!!) years under our belts (where has the time gone!).

How green are you?
Green is in our blood, and our name! We pride ourselves on being as eco-friendly and innovative with our design to utilize indigenous, readily available materials in the countries we work.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
2050? We aspire to be working with many more artisans around the world. The fashion industry has a great opportunity of improvement, especially when it comes to worker’s rights, human exploitation and child labor. In 2050 we will be continuing to advocate for GOOD business, and will have made positive, impactful motions forward as a movement.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
SAM SMITH!!!!!

Hot House Market

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facebook.com/pages/Hot-House-Market/140776222614753
twitter.com/HotHouseMarket

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our third year at Lolla :)

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Vintage clothes for girls and guys, vintage and handmade jewelry, vintage boots, hats, etc.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We’re based out of Lafayette, Indiana (where our vintage boutique is located); however we travel all over the US selling out of Trucky, our fashion truck.

How green are you? Why? 
SUPER GREEN: Reusing/ wearing vintage items is the most environmentally friendly way of dressing. Every time you buy or wear vintage clothes instead of newly manufactured clothing you are recycling! And, we’re helping reduce the carbon footprint we leave on the earth because the amount of energy needed to produce vintage clothing is ZERO.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Hopefully by that time we will be retired!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Metallica, DJ Snake, Walk the Moon, Tove Lo and Ryn Weaver

Leighelena

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facebook.com/leighelenajewelry
twitter.com/leighelenatx

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is year seven!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
Awesome leather jewelry, all handcrafted in Austin, Texas!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
I am from West Texas, El Paso to be exact, and I am a jewelry designer and boutique owner. This time around I have been doing it ten years!

How green are you? 
To me, the most important part of “being green” is to actually understand what this means. It’s not just about trying to recycle, or talking about eating organic foods. It is actually understanding how these simple steps effect many other facets of all of our lives, not just that one simple action.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
Traveling!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
Paul McCartney and TV On The Radio!

Liz Alig

lizalig.com
facebook.com/LizAlig
twitter.com/LizAlig

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? 
Yes, first Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?  
Fun and comfy fair-trade clothing and accessories.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?  
Liz Alig is based in Indianapolis. We are a fashion label that helps women out of poverty using fair trade. We love designing garments that are casual, stylish and easy to wear.

How green are you?  
We try to make our whole design process eco-friendly by sourcing recycled, hand-woven and organic fabrics. Then we work with over ten fair-trade facilities and women-owned co-ops around the world to produce the clothing. I have seen the difference that ethical production can have for those producing our clothing which is why we think it is important.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?  
I always love seeing what new things Greenola has!

1:FaceWatch

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twitter.com/1facewatch

Green Street North
Completed by Ralph Lega

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our third year participating in Lollapalooza. Three years.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You will find a world-changing experience and ways to get involved in making the world a better place. We have eight watches, support eight charities for eight different causes.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m from Chicago. We’ve been using our ability to create good products and find ways to get the larger population to get involved in a movement bigger than themselves.

How green are you?
Tortoise green. Because we’ve been given the opportunity to live on this earth and the least we can do is treat it with respect.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
I plan to be serving as professor emeritus at a university on the West Coast using my understanding of helping people to inspire others to live a life caring for others.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Gabriel Garzon-Montano, The Weeknd, G-Eazy and In the Whale.

Souldier

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facebook.com/SouldierStraps
twitter.com/souldierchicago

Green Street South

Synergy Organic Clothing

synergyclothing.com/
facebook.com/synergyorganicclothing
twitter.com/synergyclothing

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is certainly not our first time at Lolla! We love Lolla and have been coming for the last several years.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You will find organic, fair trade, and fashion-forward women’s clothing and yoga apparel from our current season and season’s past. You will also find some beautiful smiling faces from the Synergy family!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Synergy is based out of Santa Cruz, California and we have been around since 1993.

How green are you?
We are as green as we can possibly get! Our cotton is one-hundred-percent organic. We only use low-impact dyes. We recycle boxes for shipping. We use recycled hangers. Our warehouse uses solar lighting. Our paper products are made from recycled paper. We literally take every measure possible to be green. Why? Because we CARE about the earth and we want future generations to be able to enjoy all the beauty that the world has to offer.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
In 2050 we will probably still be making adorable, comfy, organic clothing and spreading the Synergy love! Hopefully more companies will have discovered the importance of responsible business practices by then and we will live in a world where everyone considers the impact of a purchase.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Paul McCartney and Metallica are no-brainers. But to be honest, we are so excited about all the bands that we will be sneaking off every chance we get!

Teysha

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twitter.com/teysha_is

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This will be our third Lolla!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Handcrafted boots, shoes and goodies which can all be custom-designed! You can choose your style, leather color, vibrant patterns, and we take your custom—one of a kind!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are from Austin, Texas, and for the past three-plus years we have been building up an awesome team of artisan partners throughout Latin America, with whom we design and produce one-of-a-kind, handcrafted goods that celebrate the beautiful diversity of this world.

How green are you?
All of our goods are handcrafted in the homes and communities of our artisan partners—traditions such as backstrap and foot-loom weaving are done completely by hand and without the energy intensive use of heavy machinery. Our shoes are also handcrafted from start to finish, using locally sourced leathers and materials.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Rockin’ out with our artisan partners (on the moon?)!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Chet Faker, Florence + the Machine, Alt-J,  Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes, Wild Belle, Shakey Graves, wooh so many good people!!

Thread Away/Henna Tattoos

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Green Street North

Transit Tees
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twitter.com/transittees

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We were lucky enough to be a Green Street vendor last year for the first time. This is our second year and we are just as excited as the first time!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Transit Tees will be featuring hand-screened apparel including the Chicago Loop Stripe design, hand-sewn CTA map tees, pillows from reclaimed materials and up-cycled pallets featuring the Chicago flag.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Transit Tees is based out of Chicago and has a store located in Wicker Park. TT designs and manufactures a product line based on metropolitan themes, including mass transit, city seals and the Chicago flag. The staff all bike to work, hand-make the products and are involved in collective feedback on everything produced. We like to think of ourselves as an insider brand for Chicagoans.

How green are you?
TT hand-pulls all screen prints in Wicker Park and uses salvaged materials to create products. The boss also has a knack for finding pallets, chairs, wood mantels, old windows, etc and turning them into functional art. Most of our store furniture is from random alleys around Chicago.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Hopefully Transit Tees will be in every major city in the country continuing to design t-shirts, hardlines and housewares.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Some of us are dying to go see Tyler The Creator, Alt-J and Logic. The others are scoffing at their coworkers for not wanting to see Paul McCartney or Metallica. 

William K. Stidham – heART

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twitter.com/williamkstidham

Green Street South

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Farmers Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located north of Green Street, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area.

Brunkow Cheese

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twitter.com/brunkowcheese

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
We are veterans from the first year Lolla opened the Farmers Market, so this will be our sixth year.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
We will be offering Queijo de Coalho, a Brazilian-style grilled cheese on a stick. We make the cheese at our creamery in Wisconsin, skewer and sear it over a flame, serve it on a stick. The most popular is our Smoked Bacon Queijo de Coalho, drizzled with pineapple chipotle syrup. We will also be adding some caprese salads to our offerings this year.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are Wisconsin artisanal cheesemakers located in the rolling hills of rural Darlington in Southwest Wisconsin.  We make cheese by hand in small batches and have done so since 1899.

How green are you? 
We are a small sustainable creamery that leave nothing to waste: when we bring in a load of milk: we craft cheese from the milk solids (curd), churn butter from the cream, and sell the whey for protein.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
In the year 2050, we will be opening a satellite creamery on the planet Druidia.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
If I’m lucky enough to sneak out to catch a band, it will be to see First Aid Kit.

La Boulangerie

laboulangeriechicago.com

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our third Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
French baked goods and crepes! French beignets, crepes, specialty baguettes with pepperonis or ham-and-cheese croissants.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are a French bakery based in Chicago, we make French bread wholesale but we also have a retail shop of French bread and French pastries.

How green are you?
We try to be as green as possible for preserving the environment and also waste. Being green is also saving on cost. We recycle everything we can in the commissary kitchen, we reuse flour bags to deliver to clients and try not to use packaging at all as much as possible.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Retired in the Fiji islands

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Probably the headliners, Paul McCartney, Metallica

Puffs of Doom

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twitter.com/puffsofdoom

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This will be our fourth year in the Farmers Market.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Both bestsellers and some new savory, sweet ice cream, vegan and gluten-free Puffs. Vegetarians should make sure to stop by to check out our brand new savory vegetarian option: Spinach Artichoke. And of course, our Lollapalooza fan favorites the Salted Caramel Chocolate Puff, Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese Puff, and the Bourbon BBQ Pulled Pork Puff will be on the menu. We will also be launching our BRAND NEW Boozy Lollipops in fun flavors like PBR, Bourbon and more. This year’s menu is bigger, better and more bada$$ than ever before.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We make Puffs. We sell Puffs. We eat pieces of Puffs like you for breakfast. Since 2011. Puffs of Doom is proudly from Chicago.

How green are you?
As the wise philosopher Kermit said, “It isn’t easy being green”… however we try our best by using recycled, compostable eco packaging/utensils and sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local producers. Equally important is collaborating with as many local farmers and small artisan food companies. If we don’t individually make the changes necessary to save our environment, who will?

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Ms. Doom will be rocking some purple hair, an age-inappropriate outfit, and yelling at teenagers to get off her lawn. Mr. Doom’s ghost will be haunting said teenager’s houses.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We don’t often get to go to shows, but if we can—Paul McCartney, Metallica, Elle King and Jamestown Revival.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Noodle

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is our sixth Lolla Farmers Market

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
Delicious Thai Curry Chicken and Veg Rice Bowls, Thai Sticky Rice w/Market Berries and Coconut Cream, Vegan and Gluten Free Thai Street Food

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are third-generation street-food vendors from Chicago via Thailand.  We make delicious farm to booth Asian Street Food offering  great vegan- and gluten-free options.

How green are you?  
We try to be as green as possible because we care about our planet and how we leave it for our children.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
Still working on planning for this week!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
Would love to check out FKA Twigs, Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark, Jr.

Seedling

seedlingfruit.com
facebook.com/SeedlingFruit
twitter.com/seedlingfruit

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is Seedling’s fifth year doing Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
We sell fruit smoothies—strawberry and blueberry (and of course, combos), with an optional green-tea energy boost shot. We also sell individual pieces of fruit and party bags of fruit for groups.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
Seedling is located in South Haven, Michigan. We are a fruit farm and orchard with a solar-powered cider mill on the premises—our smoothies are made from fruit from the farm, along with our farm-pressed apple cider—been doing it for over a decade.

How green are you? 
Cider mill is solar-powered, and we’ll even have our smoothie bike: a custom bike with a blender attached where customers can blend their smoothies using their very own leg power.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We’re fans of every type of music at Seedling, but some staff will be running to catch Kid Cudi, Gary Clark Jr., Of Monsters and Men, Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, and everything in between.

Yoberri Gourmet

http://www.facebook.com/YoberriGourmet
http://twitter.com/yoberrigourmet

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is our second year at Lolla!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
At our booth you will find a variety of handcrafted, locally sourced ice cream and frozen yogurt and for those of you who do not like dairy we will have a dairy-free/vegan sorbet! This year we will have two specialty items: One you can drink and one you can lick: Stop by and check them out!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are from Chicago!  All year long you can find us at our shop in Lincoln Park, where we hand-craft all of our ice cream and frozen yogurt using locally sourced ingredients. We have been making small batches of happiness for the past nine years.

How green are you? 
We source our milk and cream from cows that are pasture raised in Illinois. The majority of our fruit and vegetables are from local, family farms. As a company we try to limit our carbon foot print by using compostable cups, spoons and paper goods.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
We plan to be on a beach relaxing…with a freezer full of our frozen yogurt and ice cream!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
If we can sneak away from our booth we would love to see Paul McCartney, Walk The Moon,…Alesso.

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Lolla Cares

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Chicago Cares

chicagocares.org
facebook.com/ChicagoCares
twitter.com/chicagocares

Green Street South
Completed by Alexandra Baird

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is my second year at Lolla, but my first as an exhibitor. I had a blast last time I was here—I nudged my way right up to the front at Florence + the Machine. It was unforgettable!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At the Chicago Cares booth, you’ll find ways to volunteer in Chicago all year round. We run more than 200 volunteer projects a month in every corner of the city. You can learn more about projects like cooking breakfast for seniors, working an urban greenhouse or reading to kids. And just for fun, we’ll have a giant game of Kerplunk!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I migrated to Chicago from California four years ago, and I work on communications for Chicago Cares. I love Chicago and I’m happy to spend my work time making the city a better place, and my free time exploring and enjoying the city.

How green are you?
At Chicago Cares, protecting and enhancing the environment is one of our focus areas. One of my absolute favorite volunteer projects is the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, one of the only teaching greenhouses in the city. I was lucky enough to bring home some tomato and pepper plants from there—I’m hoping for homegrown organic veg to be gracing my table soon!

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Flying a hovercraft to work, clearly!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Of Monsters and Men and Alabama Shakes, plus Paul McCartney. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime lineup!

HeadCount

headcount.org
facebook.com/HeadCountOrg
twitter.com/HeadCountOrg

Green Street South
Completed by James Salazar

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is my first Lollapalooza, though HeadCount and Rock the Vote have been going for many years. I cannot wait to get to Grant Park to experience great music and great people in the windy city.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
The HeadCount and Rock the Vote booth will have everything you need to register to vote and better participate in American Democracy. If you’ve got any questions about voting we’ve got answers for you! We will also be giving away lots of cool swag of all varieties.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m from San Francisco but now live in New York City. I’ve worked as HeadCount’s Outreach Director for the past two years, managing our volunteer teams across the country and making sure that people get to register to vote at festivals like Lollapalooza rather than by standing in line at the DMV.

How green are you?
We partnered up with the Disco Biscuits to install solar panels at public elementary schools. In addition we try and reduce the amount of paper in general and advocate for online voter registration tools.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
The same thing I’m doing now. Helping people participate in the democratic process. Though I suppose it would be pretty cool to be running a voter registration drive on Mars.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Alt-J, War on Drugs, Gary Clark Jr., Glass Animals, Moon Taxi, and of course the man, the myth, the legend Sir Paul McCartney.

Love Hope Strength

lovehopestrength.org
facebook.com/lovehopestrength
twitter.com/lhsf

Green Street South
Completed by Rob Rushing

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
We have been involved since 2010.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
I live in Denver, Colorado and I tour the country with bands and festivals to save lives from blood cancers by our #GETONTHELIST campaign.

How green are you? 
Try to be as green as possible because we only have one earth.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
Living an old but happy life!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
In The Whale from Denver. They are a very rad band!

MusiCares

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facebook.com/MusiCares
twitter.com/musicares
This non-profit is back of house providing protective, custom earmolds for production staff, artists, stage hands and more.

ONE

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facebook.com/ONE
twitter.com/ONECampaign

Green Street South
Completed by Shawn Phetteplace

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We have been at Lolla for a number of years and have a long-term relationship with the festival.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Information on how to end extreme poverty by 2030 and friendly faces of advocates who are working every day to make that happen!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
That’s a complicated question. I grew up in Oregon, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, where I now call home. I am the Regional Field Director for the ONE Campaign and have been in this role since September. My job is to organize, train and mobilize volunteers in the Midwest for ONE in the fight to end extreme poverty. We deal largely with federal legislation that impacts foreign aid programs that invest in things like vaccinations, nutrition, life-saving drugs, etc.

How green are you?
We are working hard to get electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa using a heavy mix of green tech (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) as a part of the broader solutions to end extreme poverty.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Working to end the next level of poverty.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Sir Paul McCartney. I’m a huge Beatles fan.

Oxfam America

oxfamamerica.org
facebook.com/oxfamamerica
twitter.com/oxfamamerica

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We are thrilled to be returning to Lolla for our third year! We’ve always had a blast and are grateful to have received such a positive response from the crowd!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We’re all about having fun while making a global impact! This year, we have been focused on our campaign to reform food aid, and we need your voice! At our booth, visitors will have a chance to learn how we can maximize resources to save lives, test their knowledge and win prizes, take a selfie against hunger, and sign our petition urging legislators to adopt important reforms!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Oxfam was founded in Britain as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in 1942. Oxfam America, part of the international Oxfam confederation, was formed in 1970 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Washington, DC. We, the Oxfam Action Corps, are local volunteers who work to engage the community in Oxfam’s campaigns. Action Corps volunteers have spent the last nine years working in thirteen cities across the nation to build grassroots support for our campaigns.

How green are you?
We strive to be as green as we can. Our GROW campaign and GROW method are based on the principle that there is enough for everyone, as long as we use our resources wisely. We know that pollution and climate change affect the world’s poorest first and worst. Efficient use of resources and minimizing waste is a key part of Oxfam’s work.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
We’re very excited that Oxfam supporters Sylvan Esso are here! Also looking forward to Bear’s Den, Walk the Moon, Alabama Shakes, and all the headliners!

PETA/Meat-Free Mondays

meatfreemondays.com
facebook.com/supportmfm
twitter.com/MeatFreeMonday

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla?
Yes, this is PETA’s first time at Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At the PETA/MFM booth, you’ll find an arrangement of fun and educational material about making the world a kinder and greener place—not to mention our lovely vegan Lettuce Ladies to help spread the word!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
PETA’s headquarters are in Norfolk, Virginia, and we are currently celebrating our thirty-fifth year. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.

How green are you?
At PETA, we advocate for eating vegan, since eating one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months’ worth of showers. Meat’s not green!

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Working part-time because most of the world’s population has adopted a cruelty-free lifestyle!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
One of our favorite vegetarians: Paul McCartney! We wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see everyone “Come Together” for a better planet!

Rock the Vote

rockthevote.com
facebook.com/rockthevote
twitter.com/rockthevote

Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No, this is going to be our seventh year in a row here at Lolla and we’re so excited! Crazy to think back that our first year here was the summer after President—and Chicagoan—Barack Obama marked his election on the same grounds.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You’ll find out just how easy it is to register to vote! But seriously, we’ll also have some fun interactive giveaways and of course, you can register to vote wherever your home is, which really is very easy, we promise!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are from Washington, DC and are the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States dedicated to building the political power of young people. This year we mark our twenty-fifth anniversary.

How green are you?
One of our main goals at Rock the Vote is getting all of the U.S. onboard for allowing people to register to vote online. Less paper registration forms equals more trees!

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
We hope we’re celebrating the fact that one-hundred percent of all eligible Americans are registered and voting in elections!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Wow, the whole lineup looks epic. I know our president Ashley Spillane loves her some Kid Cudi!

SoberSide

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South of Green Street

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is SoberSide’s second Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
SoberSide is staffed by a group of passionate volunteer music lovers who chose to remain clean and sober at the festival. The SoberSide tent is open to everyone seeking serenity and fellowship in the midst of all the fun.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
SoberSide volunteers come from all across America, coast-to-coast and border-to-border. Why SoberSide? Need to talk? If you need someone to talk with, that’s why we’re at SoberSide.  In distress? We care, so relax. We’re compassionate people who can provide support in a non-judgmental and confidential manner. Want connection? So do we. All of our people have experienced a broad range of struggles of their own and are willing to be open about them with you. Our organization is in its fourth year. We provide clean and sober environments at fourteen major music festivals each year in the U.S.

How green are you?  
We subscribe to Green Initiatives, and believe people should Do No Harm.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050? 
Ultimately, we hope every music festival and concert in the world will have a clean and sober environment in the future.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
SoberSide volunteers are dedicated to service for those seeking us at Lolla. Even though we’re passionate about music, bands and tunes are just a secondary benefit for us. We appreciate any acts we get to see. Fortunately, Lolla has such a terrific lineup that each of our volunteers will be able to enjoy some amazing performances.

Syd Rocks

sydrocks.com
facebook.com/pages/Syd-Rocks/158817000796497
twitter.com/sydrocks

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is Syd Rocks’ second year participating in the Lolla Cares program at Lollapalooza. Syd Rocks raises money for Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH),  a little known, potentially fatal disease that mainly impacts children.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
The heart of Syd Rocks, and what helps raise money for LCH, is the Syd Rocks necklace. The premise is a simple one. Rocks are collected along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, holes are drilled so a string can fit through, charms are added and a Syd Rocks necklace is born. Each rock tells a different story and means something different to every person. So each Syd Rocks necklace is completely personal. Visit the Syd Rocks booth to pick out a necklace that’s already made, or select your own rock and we’ll create one for you. Our necklace is a great way to make a meaningful fashion statement by wearing your Syd Rocks proudlyWe’re also selling really cool merchandise, including t-shirts, tanks and hoodies.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Syd Rocks is a suburban Chicago-based non-profit but was born in Michigan when I was eight years old. I found rocks with natural holes in them on the beach and turned them into rock necklaces. Two years later, when I was ten, I was diagnosed with LCH. Every Thursday when I had my chemo treatment, my friends and family who I had sold the rock necklaces to would wear them to support me with my treatment. They called them Syd Rocks. I decided to start raising money for medical research for this little-known disease through selling the rock necklaces. Since then Syd Rocks has expanded and now sells the necklaces at retail stores and online. Syd Rocks has a board of directors who put on annual fundraising events revolving around rock music. It has been eight years since Syd Rocks was born and we have raised over $350,000 for medical research. Syd Rocks has grown to be a nationally recognized non-profit and one of the biggest supporters of LCH research in the country.

How green are you?
The rock necklaces are as green as you can get. Through fundraising events we have collected thousands of natural beach rocks from the shores of Lake Michigan which are then sent off to be drilled with a high-pressure water drill. Then they are sent back to Chicago where we string the rocks and a small gold heart tag onto a waxed cotton string. Making the necklaces is a group effort. I make them with Girl Scouts, schools and various clubs. The rocks are beautiful and completely natural. I don’t know what’s greener.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
In the year 2050 I plan on there being a cure for LCH and that the money raised from Syd Rocks is instrumental in finding that desperately needed cure. Even then there is always room for improvement so I hope that Syd Rocks keeps growing and becomes a household name.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
This year’s lineup is unbelievable. I have been listening to Paul McCartney since the day I was born so I can’t miss that one. I am a huge alt-J fan; “Tessellate” is one of my favorite songs. Need to see the Alabama Shakes, Cold War Kids and Wild Belle.

Working Bikes

workingbikes.org
facebook.com/working.bikes
twitter.com/workingbikes

Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Nope! Working Bikes has been at Lolla for the past four years.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We’ll be bringing our bike machines, stationary bikes that power a record player or pump water as you ride. They demonstrate how bikes can be used to generate electricity in places without electricity.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Working Bikes was founded in Oak Park in 1999. We donate used bicycles in Africa, Central America and Chicago, providing people with low income an affordable, efficient and green way to get where they need to be! We also sell used bikes at our shop in Pilsen, generating nearly one-hundred percent of the funds that make our bike donations possible.

How green are you?
Very green! Working Bikes diverts about 7,000 bikes from scrapyards each year, reducing waste while supporting environmentally friendly transportation.

What do you plan to be doing in the year 2050?
Donating our 225,000th bike!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
The Alabama Shakes, Sylvan Esso, Toro y Moi.

Checkerboard City: The Case of the Missing People Spots

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Brian Bonanno, in baseball cap, and contractors reinstall the Farragut People Spot. Photo: John Greenfield

Brian Bonanno, in ballcap, and contractors reinstall the Farragut People Spot./Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

As the Tribune’s Blair Kamin recently pointed out, it’s embarrassing that San Francisco will soon have more than eighty “parklets”—parking-lane space repurposed as picturesque seating areas—while our much-larger city only has a handful of them. Dubbed “People Spots” by the Chicago Department of Transportation, which runs the program, eight of these have been put in on business districts in Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, Lakeview and Andersonville.

The beauty of parklets is that they take asphalt that’s usually reserved for warehousing private automobiles and transform it into attractive, planter-enclosed public space where neighbors and shoppers can congregate. The People Spot nicknamed “The Wave” at Addison and Southport in Lakeview is practically public art—its undulating, freeform seating units are both comfy and reminiscent of whale skeletons.

A study by Metropolitan Planning Council found that, since People Spots encourage people to linger on Chicago’s retail strips, they’re a shot in the arm for local businesses. Eighty percent of merchants surveyed felt nearby parklets helped attract customers to their establishments. Seventy-three percent of parklet users said that, if they weren’t eating, chatting, texting or relaxing in the spaces, they’d probably be at home. Thirty-four percent of them said they made spontaneous food or beverage purchases as a result of the inviting hangout space. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: A Taxing Woman

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Cook County president Toni Preckwinkle and CNT vice president Jacky Grimshaw. Photo: CNT

Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle and CNT vice president Jacky Grimshaw/Photo: CNT

Back in 2010, when Toni Preckwinkle was running against incumbent Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, she successfully used Stroger’s one-cent sales tax hike as a campaign issue, going as far as to make an ad with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator. “I used to teach my history students about Ben Franklin,” said Preckwinkle, a former high school teacher, in the spot. “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

After she was elected, Preckwinkle rolled back the sales tax to the current 9.25-percent rate. As president, she’s generally been credited with improving the efficiency of the county government and cutting costs, avoiding the allegations of patronage and incompetence that hounded Stroger.

However, to address pension obligations, Preckwinkle is now calling for a return to the higher county sales tax. In response, a Crain’s magazine cartoonist recently portrayed her as a mad scientist crying, “It’s alive!” as the 10.25-percent tax rises from the operating table like Frankenstein’s monster.

There’s a saying in politics, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Accordingly, The Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Active Transportation Alliance are using this moment when the Cook County commissioners may vote for a tax hike to promote their Transit Future funding campaign. They’re asking the commissioners to simultaneously create a dedicated revenue stream for public transportation infrastructure in the county. CNT vice president of policy Jacky Grimshaw explained the reasoning behind this new push. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: Gettin’ Quigley With It

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Mike Quigley

Mike Quigley/Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

If you’re not a transportation geek like myself, you may be most familiar with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL 5th) from his hilarious segment on “The Colbert Report.” His North Side district includes Boystown, and he’s known as a strong ally of the LGBT community. Therefore, Stephen Colbert, in his persona as a conservative blowhard, baited Quigley by insisting that homosexuality is a choice:

Quigley: I don’t think you choose. It’s from birth. You’re gay, and it’s the rest of your life.

Colbert: Gay babies? I find that offensive, the idea that there are gay babies out there and they’re looking at me, and they’re sexually interested in me, as a man.

Quigley: You have a point. It’s not a good point, but it’s a point.

However, Quigley, a blue-collar dude, built like a fireplug, is something of a rock star when it comes to bringing home transportation funding to the Chicago region. He’s the only Illinois member on the House Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, with the memorable acronym THUD. He helped secure funding for the federal Core Capacity transit grant program, which will help bankroll the CTA’s rehab of the North Red and Purple Lines, and the TIGER program, which funds various sustainable transportation projects in cities. Read the rest of this entry »

Farm City: Sampling Detroit’s Thriving Urban Agriculture Movement

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Plum Street Farm

Plum Street Farm

By Sharon Hoyer

It was an unseasonably brisk day in late April that I donned my denim overalls and headed out to an empty lot on the west side of Detroit to help build a seasonal high tunnel (better known as a hoop house to some of us, mistaken for a greenhouse by many others) on a residential street. When I arrived around 10am, half a dozen workers were milling about or atop ladders, joining the ribcage of a 2,000-square-foot temporary structure that would allow Raphael Ortega to transform the vacant land next to his home into a productive farm three seasons a year. Assuming things warmed up a bit, that is. I rubbed my hands and found myself wishing I’d worn gloves and a wool hat instead of rugged overalls. A rooster crowed in Mr. Ortega’s backyard, unfazed by the overcast day.

The volunteer workday was part of a series of free agricultural education events hosted by the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council. From February to October, the RC&D is hosting free events in and around Detroit for anyone interested in urban agriculture as a potential future career. Financing came from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and technical expertise came from Michigan State University (which, as a land-grant college, has a highly reputed agricultural program), along with the nonprofit Keep Growing Detroit. A lot of resources were going into the programming specifically geared toward job creation. The high tunnel on Mr. Ortega’s land must be used to grow produce for sale at market. The high-tunnel construction project would take three days, start-to-finish, and anyone was welcome to come lend a hand and learn for any length of time. About mid-afternoon a neighbor, well into her seventies and clad in a Tigers windbreaker, approached a small group of us wrapping up installation of baseboards along the western side of the structure and asked, “Who’s the foreman on this job? I can’t kneel, but I can work.” Read the rest of this entry »