Bees on the Bloomingdale trail were honored on 6/22

With the launch of the Bloomingdale Trail(er), a mobile cart made to sell their honey.

The Trail(er) was unveiled at the Sounds of the Solstice at the 606 event, a cheerful celebration for community members and local businesses to usher in Summer. The cart’s creation is the result of collaboration between UHC and generous volunteers at Omni Ecosystems, Perkins+Will, Friends of the Bloomingdale trail, and Bike a Bee.

It all started with Friends of the Bloomingdale trail, a group committed to the health and prosperity of their section of the trail. They reached out to Bike a Bee, a beekeeping project which manages hives all over the south side of Chicago, and worked with them to set up a few hives. The bees from these hives make use of all the pollen available along the trail.

This presented the question of how to sell the honey, which is where UHC, Omni Ecosystems, and Perkins+Will came in. Volunteers from all of these organizations came together to design and build a beautiful bee-inspired cart, giving friends of the bloomingdale trail a lovely way to raise funds to support their beekeeping. It features an adjustable roof; wheels and handles for easy movement; storage space for fliers, maps, brochures, and -- of course -- honey; stools for customers; and enough honeycomb print and yellow highlights to attract bee lovers for miles.

The Bloomingdale Trail(er) is a win for Chicago bees and a perfect example of what volunteering and the collaboration of local business can achieve. Make sure to watch for it next time you bike the 606.

UHC Builds a Garden with DePaul Students on 6/29

DePaul students have added a small lot on their campus to the long line of community gardens aided by Urban Habitat Chicago.

Located at 925 W Belden, the Depaul Garden is open to all students of the college. Work is generally done on Saturdays in the afternoon, and is facilitated by students themselves. They have been fortunate enough to receive a grant from their school along with many donated plants and seeds. It features raised beds of vegetables and herbs, a sizeable pollinator garden, mulberry trees, and raspberry bushes. Students who participate in the maintenance of this garden can earn volunteer hours, take home produce, learn about how to grow their own food, and help create yet another green space in Chicago.

Along with students, volunteers from Urban Habitat Chicago have been attending every week to help set up beds, plant seedlings, and answer questions. This type of work is at the very heart of UHC -- we are invested in Chicago"s youth, and hope to inspire as many of them as possible to make agriculture part of their urban lives.