Friday, May 15, 2009

A ReBuilding Exchange customer made these mirrors for his house from scraps of reclaimed flooring....

Green Boxes this weekend at City Farm!

Join City Farm for coffee and green thumb inspiration this Saturday at the launch of City Farm’s Green Box, the portable vegetable garden for your urban space. The ReBuilding Exchange donated reclaimed lumber for this exciting new project!

May 16, Saturday, 9 until noon
1204 N. Clybourn (Clybourn and Division)

City Farm’s Green Box provides an easy, portable way to grow fresh salad greens, spinach, chard, herbs, and other shallow-rooted vegetables on a terrace, backyard, roof or other limited space. Your new garden is constructed of recycled and repurposed materials** from the Chicago area and constructed by volunteers. And best of all the Green Box comes with 100% sustainable City Farm compost, and City Farm lettuce seeds. It will provide a full garden-to-table experience in as little as a 2’x3’ space.

Proceeds go directly to City Farm and it’s parent The Resource Center and are tax-deductible.

On Site Green Thumb Inspiration:
• Tim Wilson, City Farm’s head farmer
• Ken Dunn, The Resource Center’s founder and CEO
• State Senator Heather Steans
• Merrill Smith, head of Green Box Chicago.

RSVP:, or better yet, just stop by.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

reused lumber as box staircase

We thought this reuse idea was particularly neat and worth sharing.

As part of a project in Germany, Jan Korbes used recovered antique floor wood and leftover construction wood to create this unusual staircase of add-on boxes.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thanks to Pepper Construction and Turner Construction for donating tools to the ReBuilding Exchange!

When we put out a call for much needed tools for programs at the ReBuilding Exchange, both Pepper Construction and Turner Construction came through with a generous donation from their shops and subcontractors. We now have many of the tools we need to do more of our mission, in the way of educational programs and material repurposing projects!

We can always use more though, so if you're cleaning out your basement or garage this Spring, consider donating your tools to us. They'll go to a great cause! And the donation is tax-deductible!