Grow Your Own Greens

with Andrea Mattson

Gardening Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Everyone knows you should eat your greens. But many don't know that harvesting them fresh right before eating allows the body to absorb maximum nutrients and plant sugars-- as the plant is still alive as you eat it! Learning to grow your own veggies brings fresh, succulent greens into your kitchen, and impresses family and friends. Studies also show that getting your hands in dirt can help alleviate stress, tension and anxiety. Anyone looking to increase their health this spring by eating healthier & learning a bit of gardening is welcome! No previous experience with plants necessary.

In this class, Dabblers will learn how to grow their own fresh greens in an apartment window or balcony. Using recycled containers to help divert materials from the waste stream & reduce our carbon footprint, we'll learn how to create our own potting soil, plant seeds effectively, and take care of the seedlings once sprouted. All participants will go home with 2 containers topped with lettuce, spinach, and/or arugula seeds that will sprout in 5-7 days. Greens will be ready to harvest in around 3 weeks, depending, and can be regrown if harvested carefully! An informational zine will also be provided for tips, tricks, and more information on how to take care of your seedling babies.

What will be provided

all materials to plant your greens.



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    Christine R.

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    I took this class almost a year ago, and did not realize that I never left a review until it popped up on my Dabble review page. This class was great--it totally got me started with my new urban garden plot, and this spring I taught my friends how to start their own seedlings.

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    Nancy T.

    Left about 1 year ago
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    I really enjoyed this class! The teacher was very well informed and passionate about the subject. She was friendly and explained things clearly. I definitely came away with a better idea of how to keep my plants alive as well as a new respect for growing things as a whole.

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      Elizabeth H.

      Left 8 months ago
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      So much fun! Went with a gal pal and we made delicious jam. It was actually quite easy to get a handle on.

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      Angie F.

      Left 11 months ago
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      I had a wonderful time actually MAKING MY OWN JAM! I can't believe I did it! I'm two steps from a face-to-face challenge with Martha Stewart! I made some new friends, too!

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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/207871/thumb_linz.jpg","reviewer_name":"Lindsey F.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/creative-kimchi-with-andrea-mattson'> Creative Kimchi </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was fun & informative. I left with 2 hugh jars of kimchi and the knowledge to make it again on my own at home. Since the class was held at the co-op I was also able to purchase the special Korean chili flakes at a great price.","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/107061/thumb_caseyfig.png","reviewer_name":"Casey F.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/creative-kimchi-fun-with-fermentation-with-andrea-mattson'> Creative Kimchi: Fun with Fermentation </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructor was extremely knowledgable on the subject of food and the entire experience was 100% worth it.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/169941/thumb_Wedding_Pictures_Complete_003.jpg","reviewer_name":"Maria B.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/edible-body-care-for-the-holidays-with-andrea-mattson'> Edible Body Care for the Holidays </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Really enjoyed the good energy of the class participants, as well as the enthusiasm of the teacher. The subject matter was well covered, looking forward to signing up for other classes offered by Andrea. ","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/jam-session-raspberry-apple-with-andrea-mattson'> Jam Session: Raspberry-Apple </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"We were able to see different sets of jam cooking and got information about each stage of the cooking process. The instructor was very open to questions. I also liked that we got a recipe sheet to take with us. ","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/pickle-party-asparagus-with-andrea-mattson'> Pickle Party: Asparagus </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Andrea was fun and informative. She truly knew what she was talking about and had tips and pointers as well as answers to any and all questions that were thrown her way. The Eco Loft and Garden space was awesome (and her garden made me super jealous). Andrea was also incredibly friendly and fun to learn from.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/pickle-party-asparagus-with-andrea-mattson'> Pickle Party: Asparagus </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was formal and informal! Andrea did a great job hosting and getting everybody involved, giving just the right amount of instruction and answering questions as we went! I had a great time, and got to know everyone's names in the class. Andrea also showed us her rooftop garden, where we got to pick herbs for the pickles! What a neat experience!!","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/pickle-party-asparagus-with-andrea-mattson'> Pickle Party: Asparagus </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"really good hands-on skills. i left feeling confident and inspired to try pickling on my own. i also really loved the use of organic and local ingredients and the trip to the rooftop garden! and the snacks! andrea knew what she was doing and was excited to share her knowledge with us. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/creative-kimchi-with-andrea-mattson'> Creative Kimchi </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"You get to take home your kimchi and continue to learn how the process evolves into a finished product.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/creative-kimchi-with-andrea-mattson'> Creative Kimchi </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Andrea, the instructor, was very knowledgeable. She had information already written out for us so that we could concentrate on the hands-on part of the class and didn't have to take notes. We all went home with our own creations and inspiration to make more yummy ferments! I had so much fun, I can't wait to take other classes at Eco!","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/creative-kimchi-with-andrea-mattson'> Creative Kimchi </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Andrea really knew her stuff and was a great teacher. Also, the space/venue, ECO, was really cool, too. She had kimchee samples for us to try, and a HUGE variety of veggies and spices for us to work with. The other attendees were fun to talk with, too. And...I left with THREE jars of kimchee! Can't wait for it to ferment!","teacher_response":null}
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      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<a href='/courses/food-as-medicine-with-andrea-mattson'> Food As Medicine </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Andrea and Dietrich are very well informed and passionate about the benefits of using natural ingredients and mindful food choices. I learned a lot about different herbs and different resources for making better food choices. Thanks so much to this wonderful couple!","teacher_response":null}
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      Eco Collective

      2042 West 21st Street

      Chicago, IL 60608

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      Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure which allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.


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