Rainbow City Gardens provides guidance on the creation and maintenance of edible garden spaces.
Our goal is to help people learn how to grow food, and in doing so, to strengthen their connection with nature while adopting healthy lifestyle choices.
Our mission is to promote food sovereignty. Our vision is to see urban spaces full of lush edible gardens so that our communities can become brighter and more beautiful, colorful, and biodiverse!
We lead educational gardening programs for groups at schools, youth centers, and senior residences throughout the Chicago area. We also offer home gardening consultations and coaching.
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Rainbow City Gardens (RCG) offers a variety of short-term workshops, which can be tailored according to your needs and goals. Workshops include:
Seasonal and Year-Round Programs
Rainbow City Gardens can extend our workshops into long-term educational programs that guide participants through the process of gardening– from seed to table, and cooking to composting. We encourage participation in the entire process of organic gardening– soil prep, planting, maintenence, harvest, seed saving, and much more! Our goal is to show people of all ages that growing your own food can be easy and fun. Also, there are always enjoyable garden-based activities that can be done indoors during the winter or inclement weather.
Vision, Values, and Land Acknowledgements
We at Rainbow City Gardens are fully committed to promoting diversity, human rights and the rights of nature. We are anti-racist and anti-colonialist. By working in underrepresented and underresourced communities, our work supports increased equity and racial, social, and environmental justice. We uphold BIPOC and LGBTQ+ rights.
Chicago sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. (Land Acknowledgement, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives, Northwestern University). We will only be able to make progress towards repairing our land and communities when we as a society truly recognize the original stewards of the land who were displaced by colonization. Indigenous populations obtain a wealth of knowledge on traditional regenerative growing practices and environmental techniques that have the potential to mitigate and address the impending threat of climate change.
Rainbow City is a vision of the future. It represents a global community, where people of different backgrounds live in harmony and show respect to one another. Rainbow City is of course full of beautiful, colorful gardens that brighten up the urban landscape. This futuristic, green metropolis is so full of life and native gardens that the entire city becomes a wildlife corridor. Since many of its inhabitants grow their own food organically and regeneratively, the city is brimming with abundance and is a place where many people share, trade, and sell produce and value added products; as such, Rainbow City is more than food secure– it is a food sovereign zone that is in control of its food system.