About Southside Blooms
What do you think of when you hear about the southside of Chicago?
Flowers! Lots of flowers!
Southside Blooms, a project birthed out of the Chicago Eco House, is putting young people to work by converting vacant lots into 100 percent sustainable off grid flower farms
Our farms use solar powered rainwater irrigation systems to mitigate water runoff, and we grow using no till regenerative farm practices.
We hire southside youth to help run our farms as well as arrange our beautiful organic bouquets that we ship fresh to your doorstep.
A Southside Blooms organic flower arrangement puts local youth to work, reduces urban blight, preserves our freshwater resources, and expands renewable energy usage.
Back Southside Blooms today by buying one of our gorgeous flower arrangements.
Flowers that empower!
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Our flower farms are very unique because they are 100 percent sustainable and off grid and take advantage of the built environment to facilitate scalable urban farm development.
Beginning with the basic elements of rain, sun, and land. We capture rainwater off of the rooftops of adjacent buildings and store it in a system of totes that hold over 2,000 gallons of water at maximum capacity. This is the water that we use for irrigation instead of depending on the city’s water system that draws from Lake Michigan.
In order to move the water from the totes to the flower beds we use freely available energy from the sun by placing solar panels on our shed and running the power to an electric pump. This use of solar power prevents us from having an electric bill from the local power company and reduces demand on the electric grid.
By using rainwater and solar power we eliminated the two biggest ongoing operating costs in farming: water and power. This reduces the cost to operate our farms and allows us to put more money into the pockets of our youth.
We also practice regenerative agriculture to increase soil fertility by not tilling and growing cover crops alongside our flowers in order to increase biodiversity. This makes us more resilient, expands our capacity to capture carbon, and increases the vitality of our land, which benefits everyone.
Our flower farm are able to aid natural pollinators such as birds, bees, and butterflies. As a matter of fact, we install bee hives on our flower farms for this very purpose although we do enjoy the side benefit of having fresh, raw honey being produced on site.
By supporting Southside Blooms it helps us to expand this integrated sustainable growing model in an industry that is notoriously wasteful and unsustainable. Most commercial flower farms use heavy pesticides and mono-cropping practices that severely degrades the earth.
Support Southside Blooms today and help us to make off grid, regenerative agriculture the norm and not the exception.
Southside Blooms social impact in the inner city
We started the Chicago Eco House back in 2014 with the purpose of using sustainability to alleviate inner city poverty by converting vacant lots into off grid flower farms that create jobs for local youth and young adults.
We focused on flowers because it is a profitable cash crop since over 75 percent of all flowers are imported from overseas so it made sense to grow local flowers that benefit some of the most under resourced communities in Chicago.
Southside Blooms, is your opportunity to participate in the sustainable transformation of the south side of Chicago!
Each flower purchase you are directly supports the south side of Chicago by creating a viable alternative to gangs and guns for our young people, helping to repurpose vacant lots into productive farm spaces.
This is a big deal because Chicago has tens of thousands of vacant lots that it doesn’t know what to do with.
Southside Blooms sees vacant lots and urban blight as a gold mine of opportunity to redirect much of the $8 billion a year that Americans spend on flowers back into our inner cities.
We are a game changer for the future of the inner city and today we all have an unique opportunity to help realize this immense potential.