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Millennium Park’s Edible Garden Airs on ABC7 Chicago

Annamaria Leon at Millennium Park in chicago

Christy Webber had an idea to plant an edible garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. She then asked Annamaria Leon, permaculture designer and teacher, to design the project. Angela Taylor, member of the Garfield Park Community Council, took those designs and, with the help of group of high school teenagers, planted hundreds of seedlings in Christy Webber’s greenhouse for the project. Permaculturalist and soil consultant Michael Webb gave those seedlings their best start by drenching them with compost tea in the greenhouse. Webb also prepared the soil for the seedlings. That preparation included mineralization and a healthy soil biology.

The garden was installed and maintained by Annamaria and her intern, Jessica.

Here is a link for the ABC7 news report:

Edible Garden at Millennium Park


Christy Webber  commissioned Annamaria Leon to design  and plant an edible landscape at Millennium Park. Annamaria is a permaculture designer and teacher, an edible landscaper,  and a Traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultant. She also received training as a Master Gardener and Master Composter through UIC – Extension.  In this photograph, Annamaria Leon and her intern, Jessica, are showcasing their work. Both are responsible for maintaining it.

New Pavers in African Heritage Garden

Newly Paved Pathway in the African Garden
New paved path under pergola.

New paved path under pergola.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

The African Heritage Garden received a  new paved pathway in portion of the garden courtesy of Christy Webber.  Thank you Christy Webber Landscapes for your dedication in helping our community gardens. This has been on our wishlist since we began planning this garden in 2001.

In the future we plan to install memorial pavers for our garden leaders and gardeners who have passed on. Our thanks to Ellen Newcomer for coordinating this and making it happen.

When it is finished, a new photos will be added.

Jennifer Sanchez Graduates from Greencorp Chicago Youth Program


L to R: Jennifer Sanchez, Dr. Shemuel Israel, Emily Leidenfrost

Saturday, June 7, 2014, Chicago –  Jennifer Sanchez, a resident of Little Village on Chicago’s southwest side, graduated from the Greencorp Chicago Youth Program. Jennifer served as an intern for the North Lawndale Greening Committee and other communities from February to June.

Greencorps Youth is a collaboration between the Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Chicago Public Schools. The six-week training program provides high school students summer learning and workforce training in horticulture (landscaping, urban agriculture, tree care, ecological restoration) and cycling (safety, repair, and bike opportunities).

Jennifer was one of 120 students chosen to continue working throughout the school year in various internships. This particular internship  was underwritten by the Dime Child Foundation and her mentor was Emily Leidenfrost of WRD Environmentals. Annamaria Leon and Dr. Shemuel Israel were her instructors for two days a week in the North Lawndale Community.

Jennifer’s North Lawndale experiences included work on basic gardening, permaculture design,  ornamental garden design, and vermiculture. She also learned soil building and mineralization as well as plant health measurement with the refractometer.

Congratulations Jennifer on a job well done.


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