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Jeanne Nolan first appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program to discuss the launch of her book, From the Ground Up, in 2013. But her visit inspired a larger partnership – why not build an organic edible garden right there at the WTTW Albany Park studios? As Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW would serve as an ideal medium for sharing basic gardening how-to with its many local viewers using this on-site garden as a teaching model. The idea was to create an affordable, productive organic vegetable garden that anyone – urban or suburban – could recreate in their own backyard.
In 2014, Jeanne and the TOG crew worked closely with the WTTW team to design, plan, and maintain two raised beds at the studio. WTTW employees enjoy the harvest, and Jeanne visits regularly to film season-specific garden segments for Chicago Tonight.
The WTTW team has created a robust website documenting the progress of their “Homegrown” garden, archiving all of the Chicago Tonight segments, viewer questions, and more. They’ve also shared excellent resources on how to DIY the entire project on your own, listing out costs, materials, and tips for the raised beds, coldframe, and other elements. Check out the Homegrown site to learn more, and watch Jeanne’s segments below.