Chicago is fast becoming known for its rooftop farms. In this workshop, Tim Wilson, Windy City Harvest Instructor, will teach you how to handle the challenges of rooftop growing beyond the green roof. Tim will also suggest appropriate plant choices for edibles and pollinator attraction. He will show examples of successes and failures of container, green roof, and hydroponic rooftop gardens, and help you ask the right questions while planning your rooftop farm!
We are excited to have offer this new class and hope to see many of you here!
There is no fee for this class and no need to RSVP.
Tim Wilson is a farmer and biologist from Illinois who has worked with different urban and rural communities to expand alternative agriculture enterprises and train new farmers. Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Agroecology from Sterling College in Vermont, and did his graduate work examining the effect of plant nutrition on a forest disease at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Tim has managed profitable vegetable production and community gardens in Chicago on city property since 2003. He moved and built gardens for free leases and utilities on abandoned lots as the Director of the Resource Center’s City Farm for five years. He also taught and employed youth and adults to sell their city-grown produce to Chicago restaurants and institutions, as well as at sliding scale farm stands in each gardens’ neighborhood. Tim taught the Sustainability course at Kendall College for two years, and enjoys working with forestry and farming projects in Illinois and throughout the country.