Oct 29 2012 Pam Dickson Blog Workplace Culture Centro’s Green Team Gets Its Hands Dirty Centro’s Green Team participated in a field trip to Growing Power, a Chicago urban farm that “promotes equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.” During our time at the farm, we were able to learn the importance of safe planting within the city and providing a safe haven for urban youth, as well as supplying affordable, healthy produce to all Chicago community members. Volunteers helped to transport and sort through a variety of herbal plants, created viable fertilizer, and laid woodchips to replenish soil within Chicago hoop houses (small, plastic-covered greenhouses). Volunteers were also given the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn about urban farming techniques such as aquaponics, a method of growing crops and fish together in a re-circulating water system. Centro’s Green Team had an overall great experience and cannot wait to get involved with Growing Power for future projects! Visit the Growing Power website.