God's Gang

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Planting Dreams, the agricultural arm of God's Gang, is a direct food supplier through urban farming, and training, serving ethnically diverse, low-income residents primarily in Chicago's Southside communities.

God's Gang's efforts to increase the number of internships it offers through its food pantry and urban farming program will help more young people develop the work history they need to enhance their future employment prospects. The, youth-run, worm business create jobs for neighborhood youth and give them hands-on entrepreneurial experience.

The Planting Dreams Urban Farming Program enables God's Gang to teach community residents heritage (organic) farming techniques. Satellite locations outside of the inner city provide a rural link for youth, last experienced by the baby boomer generation whose summer trips to southern farming communities epitomized, self sufficiency, connection of past generations. These activities promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance while also developing a safety net to meet the food security needs.

We have established satellite farms in Union Pier, Michigan and Dawson, Illinois for the purpose of training, food production and expansion as additional farmers are trained. Food from these facilities will be distributed to member families participating in the program, market basket members, patrons of farmer markets and finally, organization sponsored food pantries operated by Mother's Cupboard in conjunction with area churches.

Planting Dreams continues to develop and support member grown efforts to grow food in their backyards and on vacant neighborhood lots, providing supplementary sources of food supply



GANG - O - WORMS

  

PURE ORGANIC RED WORM CASTINGS, NATURE'S ULTIMATE PLANT FOOD AND GROWING MEDIUM

 

REDWORMS FOR FISHING, NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED

 

VERMICULTURE START UP KITS

• " 100% NATURAL / ORGANIC

• PH BALANCED

• SAFE FOR PLANTS, ANIMALS AND HUMANS

• ODORLESS

• WILL NOT BURN EVEN THE MOST SENSITIVE SEEDLINGS

• NUTRIENTS AVAILABLE FOR PLANT UPTAKE

• HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF BENEFICIAL MICROBES, BACTERIA AND PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS

• IMPROVES MOISTURE RETENTION

• IMPROVES ROOT ZONE OXYGENATION

 

SUGGESTED USES:

 

VEGETABLES AND ANNUAL FLOWERS

" Line bottom and sides of plant holes and seed furrows wiht 1-2 inches of earthworm castings.

" Set seeds and plants in place and cover with soil.

" Side dress during growing season at a rate of 1/2 cup per plant or 1 cup per linear foot of row, once every 2 months.

 

PERENNIALS

" Work 1/2 cup into the soil above their root zone, taking care not to damage shallow roots.

" Apply in the Spring, early Summer and early Fall.

 

POTTED PLANTS AND SEEDS also SEED FLATS

" Potting mix: use 1 part earthworm castings to 3 parts soil.

 

ROSES, TREES, SHRUBS and BERRIES NEW or FRESHLY PLANTED

" Mix 1 part earthworm castings to 3 parts soil.

" Surround newly dug hole with mixture.

" Spread roots over a mound of the mix in the hole and cover.

 

ROSES-ESTABLISHED

" Mix 4 cups of earthworm castings into soil 2-3 inches below the surface for each plant.

 

LAWNS-NEW

" Apply 10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. work lightly into the topsoil.

" Mix in grass seed and water well.

 

LAWNS-ESTABLISHED

" Distribute as top dress,10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.

 

CASTINGS TEA

" Soak 1 part castings in 3 parts water for 12-24 hours.

" Stir well and water as usual. Casting tea is excelent for fruiting, flowering or difficult to access potted plants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

E-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL 773.213.0229 FOR CURRENT PRICING

PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH MARKET AVAILABILITY

WORMS ARE HARVESTED TO ORDER

 

Pembroke Farming Family Affiliate (click to visit their site for more information)

The purpose of Pembroke Farming Family (PFF) is to empower farmers of Pembroke Township, Illinois to become more self sufficient, natural growers and producers of crops, livestock and other agricultural products for ourselves, families and greater communities; fortify our member body as sustainable and economically viable farm entrepreneurs; and strengthen Pembroke’s farming community and other stakeholders as we strive to build a community-based food system and become key components of the emerging local food systems developing across the State of Illinois.

 

Hidden Haven Farm, Union Pier MI

Hidden Haven Farm is seventy miles from Chicago. Participants will be provided with technical support, marketing and business planning assistance, farm equipment and fertilizer from its composting initiative. As participants establish their enterprises, Planting Dreams will make available more land to increase production and profits, bringing in new trainees, creating a financially sustainable urban agriculture system. The planned, 4 season, greenhouse will be at Hidden Haven. 

 

Karaal Farm, Dawson IL

Planting Dreams provides a summer cultural experience for youth in livestock training with the assistance of Heifer Project International. This initiative will serve as a catalyst for new ideas and relationships among culturally diverse urban youths and demonstrate that social change can be achieved through sustainable urban agriculture.

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