Keeler Gardens Welcomes Interns From Chicago Tech Academy

Real-World Work Experience Internships

 

We are proud to welcome SIX interns from Chicago Tech Academy. Instead of us telling you about them and their school, we are going to let them tell you a little about themselves, the internship program, and Chicago Tech. So, without further ado, here is Eric to let you know a little bit about himself and Chi-Tech.

High school intern seen at the back of Keeler Gardens working on placing the rain barrels as he braves the snow and keeps working.
Eric working on irrigation project

My name is Eric and I am a senior at Chicago Tech. Currently I’m taking the school’s Introduction to Engineering class and a music class called Beginning Guitar. One thing I am hoping to get out of my internship at Keeler Gardens is to learn more about the basics of engineering. Another thing I enjoy doing at Keeler Gardens is inventory projects and the irrigation project.

Our school is Chicago Tech Academy. The school’s mission is to get all the students ready for college through four years of attendance. The school offers great clubs and very engaging classes. One club that really stands out to me personally is Young Men Leadership. The purpose of the club is to teach the young men how to be leaders and specifically leaders in the school. The school’s main focus is on technology. Our school is unique in that everything we do is Project-Based-Learning, with a strong, and deep educational foundation. Another great thing about Chicago Tech is it offers a great class called Entrepreneurship where they teach us as students to become business owners and to learn more about the different types of incomes in business.   Chicago Tech is very small compared to other high schools in Chicago, but that’s not such a bad thing because it gives the students more one on one time with teachers when they need the extra help after school or during class.

Frank, one of our Chi Tech Interns, takes a break to pose with Shadow, Shadow is a friendly Russian Blue that appreciates the extra attention.
Frank’s favorite part of his internship is the cats, specifically shadow.

My name is Frank, I’m a senior at Chicago Tech and have seen many students and teachers come and go throughout our school and I can honestly say it has been an honor to have been taught by great teachers and alongside other great, prosperous students. I cannot wait to graduate from our school, but I can say that I will miss going to school and seeing my favorite teachers and classmates. The things I like about my internship is that I am exploring Biology and Botany. The thing that I love about Keeler Gardens is that we have great cats to keep us company throughout the day.

In his blue sweatshirt our art intern takes out a pencil and focuses sketches new ideas for a Keeler Gardens logo. Some of his designs incorporate Keeler Gardens name into nature, like the branches of trees or in a flower bed.
Luis working on potential logos for Keeler Gardens.

My name is Luis. I’m a senior at Chicago Tech and I have attended for all four of my high school years. I am a contemporary artist. My favorite class is art. The reason I chose Keeler Gardens is because they have a lot of art projects to do and I can learn how to promote a business on social media. I want to learn more about how I can promote my original artwork.

Workman and intern look out french doors at Keeler Gardens. Workman is pointing up towards the needed repair and intern is looking and listening intently.
Keeler Garden’s Handyman Rob shows Cottrell next repair.

My name is Cottrell Hopson, I am a senior at Chicago Tech Academy. I like to try new things, that’s why I am interested in Keeler Gardens. They offer experiences that are completely new to me, like honing steel and organizing material. I also want to learn more about how plants grow.

My name is Andrew Gonzalez, I am a senior at Chicago Tech Academy. I love to play soccer, play my guitar, carve wood, work with my hands, and listen to and mix music. I intern at Keeler Gardens and one of the projects I will be working on is creating a blog post about the partners of Keeler Gardens.

Intern, Kaitlyn, poses for a pic in front of the camera where she is sitting at her Chrome book researching local partners for Keeler Gardens.
Kaitlyn takes a break from researching our partners.

My name is Kaitlyn, I’m a senior at Chicago Tech. I have had such a fast high school experience and I’m excited but in shock that this is my last year . Throughout high school I have had ups and downs and I did a lot of things that I never thought I would be interested in doing, like dissecting a pig or a frog, and learning about how to improve the environment. That part is related to my Internship because plants help the environments, I like my internship because it’s fun and we are learning about more than I thought we would and I can’t wait to learn more about plants and other natural things!

There you have it. Over the month of February this crew will be hard at work designing art projects, taking care of social media, photography, organizing, and planning projects. Make sure to keep an eye open especially on our social media channels as the students will be posting updates on their progress over on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and maybe they’ll show us how to use Snap Chat too!

Keeler Gardens along with our interns would like to thank two of our partners, Backlot Coffee and LaVilla, as they have been subsidizing and donating food and coffee for our interns throughout the month.

If you would like to learn more about Chicago Tech and their internship program you can email me directly at Ed@KeelerGardens.com.

Please come out and visit us and our interns at Keeler Gardens, and take the time to #ConnectWithNature today.

Six seniors from Chicago Tech Academy pose on the front steps of Keeler Gardens for a photo. All are smiling even though it is cold and the snow is over a foot deep.
Six interns from Chicago Tech take a break to pose for a group shot.

 

Thank You!

Two community members are bending down to inspect pepper and tomato plants in Keeler Gardens. There are a few red tomatoes and peppers visible, and the background is full of lush plants and flowers, along with two white plastic chairs.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you!

Keeler Gardens has been offering programs to connect with nature for about a year now and we felt it was time to give you an update along with our heartfelt thanks.

Year One at Keeler Gardens

We have had a very active year speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Lincoln Park Zoo. We have had programs in schools, camps, and with cultural groups. We’ve opened Keeler Gardens to the community for both private and public events and supported nearby churches, the local garden club, and our community members.

Awesome time with @core4skills. Kids worked in the #dirt and potted #seedlings for the #community.

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Partnerships

We’ve partnered with other groups to expand our offerings, we are a demonstration site for the Bionutrient Food Association focusing on rebuilding our soil for nutrient dense produce; we will host bee hives for Sloanstead Honey building our natural habitat, and we are one of the first organizations to provide opportunities through the youth-oriented Yolobe app piloted at Schurz High School. We are also developing our internship program at several different levels.

We had a great time with the #schurzhighschool #botany class, teaching photography Monday. Blog post soon! #biophilia

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With every program and event we have given participants a chance to improve their focus and knowledge base, relieve stress, better the environment, and build a network.

We hope that you will join our email list, we send out invitations to events and periodic updates, and we will be sending out a reminder about #GivingTuesday for those of you that can support our capital campaign.

Keeler Gardens’ Capital Campaign

With the multiple matching opportunities this year, every contribution can make a difference.

Here’s how…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Everyday Amazon Smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeler Gardens has partnered with Amazon Smile. Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3168766 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Keeler Gardens whenever you shop on Amazon Smile. That’s right, after you sign up, throughout the year whenever you shop at Amazon just go through Amazon Smile and Keeler Gardens will get the donation.

#GivingTuesday Facebook Donation Match

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year Tuesday, November 28, 2017, is considered Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday on social media. This year Keeler Gardens will be focusing our donation efforts for #GivingTuesday on Facebook. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have teamed up to offer a $2,000,000 donation match through any donations raised on Facebook. In addition all credit card fees will be waived by Facebook for the day.

And we also have an exciting announcement. Several events have coincided for an incredible start to our Capitol Campaign. A very generous donor has offered to sponsor a matching challenge for individual donations of $1000 up to a total of $5000. So if you or someone you know donates $1000 through the Facebook Donate button on #GivingTuesday, your  donation could turn into $3000!

Please remember that the matching grant through Facebook will only last until the two million dollars runs out. With so many worth while charities taking part please consider donating early at 7:00 a.m. central time when the program begins.

Holiday Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick Off

Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Keeler Gardens for our Holiday Celebration. All details can be found on our Facebook Event Page here. This is a non-ticked event and all are welcome.

We are so fortunate to have a space we can share with local and extended communities and we hope you will join us in our efforts to continue to offer everyone a chance to improve their mental, physical, and emotional health through a strong connection with nature.

With our sincere thanks we also offer our programs to you. Please take advantage of what Keeler Gardens brings to the community, stop by, spend a little time with us.

On the Air

Fridays satellite media tour was a grand success!  I was interviewed by over 25 television, radio, and web news shows.  Here’s a list of all the interviews.  If you are in any of these markets you can keep your eyes open for the spots with myself and Dr. Chris Cerveny talking about Fairy Gardens.

Here is one of the interviews from with an Indianapolis based show.


How to build your own Fairy Garden


Here is the rest of the list.  If you see any of these please comment or email me any information.  Especially if it is online.

Thanks,

GG

STATION STATION CITY AFFIL DMA/ARB
EMPOWERHER.COM NATIONAL WEB NATIONAL
WPMT HARRISBURG FOX 43
WMGT MACON NBC 120
WBIN BOSTON CABLE 7
CONN JACKSON SHOW ATLANTA CABLE 9
WCIV CHARLESTON ABC 98
KTBS SHREVEPORT ABC 82
BLOGHER NATIONAL WEB NATIONAL
FOX NEWS FEED NATIONAL CABLE NATIONAL
WISH INDIANAPOLIS CBS 26
WYAM HUNTSVILLE IND 79
CANDIEANDERSON NATIONAL WEB NATIONAL
KOB ALBUQUERQUE NBC 47
WJBK DETROIT FOX 11
WBRE WILKES-BARRE NBC 54
VALDER BEBE SHOW DALLAS WEB/RADIO 5
WXIX CINCINNATI FOX 35
DAYTIME (WFLA) TAMPA NBC 14
WLOX BILOXI ABC 160
KCTU WICHITA ION 66
KGUN TUCSON ABC 67
KSLA SHREVEPORT ABC 82
USA RADIO NATIONAL RADIO NATIONAL
MOMRN.COM NATIONAL WEB NATIONAL
KABB SAN ANTONIO FOX
WTXL TALLAHASSEE ABC

 

Home Depot Garden Club Update

As I mentioned in the previous post I am the featured face for the Gardenieres in The Home Depot Garden Club emails. It turns out that email went out to more than the thousands of people I thought. My contact at Miracle-Gro told me today that the email went out to 4.2 MILLION people. I had to let everyone know, 4.2 MILLION people now know me as the face of the Gardenieres!

GG

Windy City Coop Tour

Hey Everyone,

We deviate from the garden to talk about chicken coops.  Yes, chicken coops.  There is a growing group of people that are actually raising chickens in the Chicagoland area.  This weekend a bunch enthusiasts will open their coops for a tour.  You can go to the website, www.chicagochickens.org, to learn all about their network, keeping city chickens, and informational links.

You will also find all the details for the tour including a map and contact information.  So if you are free Saturday or Sunday, you might want to fly the coop! (I had to use the joke)

We are really excited because a friend of ours is a stop on this tour and we hope to go and visit her little chickadees on Sunday.  It’s really quite extraordinary that they’ll have fresh buttery eggs from their back yard in the middle of the city.  We may have to stop for an omelet.

Stay tuned for our development series, as we take a grassy front yard and transform it into a garden paradise.

See you next time,

GG

btw – Thanks to Alice for the heads up on the tour and we wish her good luck this weekend.

This is it. The Beginning.

You can say you were here when it all started.  The flowers, the embellishments, the excitement, the wonder and awe of life through my eyes.  Spend some time with me at the Keeler Gardens.

So we’ll start with a bunch of wonderful pictures, mostly taken by Ed.  That’s my husband, and website manager, and all around worker bee.  He does a lot of my grunt work so you will get to know him as well as me and our garden.

Enjoy these snapshots and please comment.  Come back often as I will post and talk and offer up whatever I can to inspire you to create a little wonder in your life.  If there is anything you want to see or know, email me at GG@keelergardens.com.

-Gina the Gardeniere

btw you can call me GG.