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Native Plants Sale To be Held at The Plant

The Plant Chicago Native Plant Sale Fundraiser, the only event of its kind in the city, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 20, at The Plant, on Chicago’s South Side. Proceeds benefit Plant Chicago’s education, farmers’ market and technology demonstration programming.

Nonprofit Plant Chicago has partnered with Natural Communities Native Plants to offer nearly 200 species native to the Chicago Region, including flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs and trees. Pre-orders can be picked up May 20, and plants will be available for purchase the day of the event. Representatives from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center and Red Stem Native Landscapes will be on hand to talk about reducing pesticide use and implementing natives in local landscapes.

The Plant is a former meat packing plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, re-purposed into a collaborative community of food producing businesses all committed to materials reuse and closed loop systems. The project currently houses over a dozen small food businesses, including farming, baking and brewing. Attendees can grab a beer at the Whiner Beer taproom and tour The Plant at 2 p.m. to see circular economy principles in action through a brewery, bakery, aquaponic farm and more.

Tours are $10 adults/$7 students and seniors. Deadline for preorders is May 7. Location: 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago. To pre-order plants, visit NaturalCommunities.net/pages/plant-chicagonative-plant-sale.

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