At The Bee Farm
We know our customers have been waiting a long time for us to return to the farmers markets. We always want to come sooner but don't like to start markets until we know we have enough honey to stay awhile. The early spring warm weather and the drought have slowed things up a bit but we are now selling at Green City Market in Lincoln Park on Saturdays and Logan Square Market on Sundays. We will have 12, 6 and 3 oz jars of honey, honey mustard, and some new beeswax candles.
Saturday June 23, 6pm to 9pm
The most affordable fundraiser in Chicago is back again!
Bring a dish to share and come celebrate the Solstice with us at Rancho Verde, the LEED-certified headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes. Enjoy a tour of the Chicago Honey Co-op hives recently installed on the green roof. Proceeds from the Potluck will benefit the Chicago Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago's preSERVE garden in North Lawndale.
Thanks to Slow Food Chicago
Enjoy food and drink donated by some of Chicago's finest local purveyors.
Beer from Revolution Brewing
Cider by Virtue Cider - including a special firkin of unblended cider, not available anywhere else!
Wine from Candid Wines
Bread by Crumb
Salmon donated by Fortune Fish Company and prepared by Chef Jeannine Wise, Slow Food Chicago Board Member
Bottles of wine from Candid Wines, Bottles of Virtue Cider Red Streak (Not available to the public!)
Bring your chairs or a blanket, and a potluck dish for sharing.
$10 SFC or CHC members / $15 general admission
Children under 12 are free
Donate an extra $5 to help send a delegate to
Slow Food International's Terra Madre!
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Bee Etiquette: Please wear light colored clothing and a hat. Don't wear perfumes, colognes, or scents.
Directions: Rancho Verde is located at 2900 W. Ferdinand Street.
By Bike: http://www.ridethecity.com/chicago
By Train: Take the Green line to the California and Lake stop. Walk west along Lake to Sacramento, then north on Sacramento 5 blocks to Franklin Boulevard. Rancho Verde is on the east side of Sacramento at Franklin Blvd.
We can't wait to see you there!
We want to first thank everyone who made suggestions, connections and offers of land. Also thanks to everyone who made a donation or came out to a fundraising event and who spread the word about our need for a new home.
This experience was scary and exciting all at once and we are very grateful to know there is such good will toward us from all over Chicago.
Now that we are all settled in, we have a chance to let everyone know about the 3 new apiaries we have moved to after losing our longtime home in North Lawndale.
In late March we moved about 24 surviving hives to Testa Produce in Back of the Yards. Many thanks to Peter Testa for the generous offer of space on the East side of their property. The bees are doing great there with access to the river and some great neighborhood trees. There is also quite a bit of white sweet clover growing on the land.
Landscaper Christy Webber also offered us space on the roof of Rancho Verde, her North side location. We installed 12 new hives there in mid April. Those of you who are beekeepers may be happy to know that her retail store now carries beekeeping supplies.
Finally, thanks to Mark Henning and the Island neighborhood we have 21 new hives on abandoned tracks just South of I-290 and Columbus Park.
Again, we are so thankful for the support and kindness shown toward us during this time and we look forward to new experiences and new friends.
An abandoned industrial remnant reverted to prairie wherever the concrete wasn’t, we found ourselves surrounded by nature in the middle of Chicago. It is easy to describe the place in terms of size and location but much harder to describe the atmosphere. What we made there was much more than honey. We made friends.
With the help of The North Lawndale Greening Committee, we made a community farm for anyone who wanted to join. We made a gathering place. We made a place for learning about bees, about nature and about ourselves.
Sadly, our time there is almost up. The property has been sold and we must move out in late Winter of 2012. We can’t hope to find another place a large as Fillmore Apiary so we are looking for 3 or so smaller locations. We have a few possibilities lined up but nothing is certain. We really want to stay in the North Lawndale community but know this may not be possible.
We will miss the apiary on Fillmore so much but can be happy that the friends we made because of it will still be with us. In looking back on this past year, I made a list of things we did in 2011.
- Conducted tours of the apiary for school groups and the public.
- Gave beekeeping presentations at the Power House High School, Nature Museum, College of Dupage, University of Chicago Hillel and others.
- Continued hosting a community farm at the apiary in partnership with the North Lawndale Greening Committee & others
- Tended 50 hives and sold honey and products at 2 Farmer markets from July to the present
- Continued to raise Illinois Honeybee queens.
- Continued teaching beekeeping to Master Gardeners at the Museum of Science and Industry, Smart Home Exhibit.
- Taught beekeeping to 50 people through Winter classes at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum.
- Employment in beekeeping skills for neighbors and volunteers over the past 8 years.
- Gave advice on beekeeping to members of the public through our website blog and email contacts.
- Tended 8 hives on City of Chicago Buildings and one at the Lurie Garden, Millennium Park.
- Continued the preSERVE* partnership with Slow Food Chicago, Neighborspace and the North Lawndale Greening Committee, growing Sweet Potatoes, Black-eyed and Crowder Peas on a former vacant lot. (12th Place & Central Park Ave.)
- Hosted 2 events at the apiary open to the public; Sweet Summer Solstice and TomatoFest
As a community based organization, we have always operated on the slimmest of shoestrings so paying for the costs of moving and relocation will be difficult to handle. Our “rent” for the past 8 years has been 12 dollars a year thanks to the generosity of the developer, Mark Ross. We have always supported our work with sales of our honey and other products but we find ourselves needing to raise money to cover moving expenses both expected and unexpected. We will probably have to pay for fencing any property without it. That could run into thousands of dollars. So we have to raise money now. Our timeline is short.
If you have an interest in helping out financially, tax-deductible contributions to their pooled fund can be made to the Crossroads Fund, online through this link: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=530 or by check to Crossroads Fund, 3411 W. Diversey, #20, Chicago, IL 60647. Just make sure to note that your gift supports the Honey Co-Op in the notes section of the webpage or on your check.
If you would like to share your memories of Fillmore Apiary, leave them in the comments section of this post.
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