This news is from the recent EarthBox education newsletter. It is about some smart Chicagoans collaborating to promote the use of modern methods to produce local food.
The partners are E.A.T., which is an acronym for Education, Agriculture and Technology, Uncommon Ground, a popular Chicago restaurant chain and EarthBox, the leading producer of sub-irrigated portable micro gardens.
The Chicagoans behind this collaboration are Ken Waagner, founder of E.A.T. and Helen Cameron, co-founder of Uncommon Ground. Both of them are experienced urban food growers and well versed in using modern methods like the EarthBox whose education program is led by Molly Philbin, a progressive urban food professional.
Finding Ken Waagner solved a mystery for me. I wondered how the EarthBoxes appeared on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, site of the Smart Home. They were obviously an afterthought. Chicago can thank Ken for the fact that these modern portable micro gardens are now part of the Smart Home.
Ken worked closely with The Growing Connection, a UN Organization, to make it happen. Thanks largely to him; the Smart Home and the museum “steps garden” continue to delight Chicago children and parents.
Chicago can also thank Helen Cameron for her leadership in growing some fresh food for her restaurants in EarthBoxes along with her custom made planters. Uncommon Ground is now an educational resource for families as well as a great place for them to dine.
With the launch of this new program, Chicago will have even more opportunities to grow, learn and eat fresh local food. Read on.
Chicago is "growing" by leaps and bounds -- that is, many people are growing their own produce in EarthBox systems and in other gardens as part of a citywide program called E.A.T., which is an acronym for Education, Agriculture and Technology. E.A.T. is centered on using the World Wide Web and technology to connect, inform, and empower individuals with regard to growing food, eating healthier, and building community.