Chicago Honey Co-Op Must Move & Asks For Your Support

December 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

As you might have heard, Chicago’s own Honey Co-Op — maker of great things with ├╝ber-local honey — lost its land after eight years. The land on which their apiaries have stood in the North Lawndale neighborhood is being sold, and Chicago Honey Co-Op must move by winter of 2012. This means that they will have to move their hives this winter (by April, 2012), when the hives are less cumbersome with fewer bees and less honey. Michael Thompson, Chicago Honey Co-Op’s Farm Manager, has said that they don’t expect to find a new plot of land as large as their current one, and need your support to raise $20,000 by February 1st to cover the costs of moving and to rent new space — hopefully three smaller plots. They currently have a few possibilities for a new home base, but nothing is set in stone. They wish to remain in North Lawndale, where they have served that community as not only an urban farm, but as a gathering point and place of learning.

If you would like to donate to Chicago Honey Co-Op, tax-deductible contributions to their pooled fund can be made to the Crossroads Fund, online through this link: or by check to Crossroads Fund, 3411 W. Diversey, #20, Chicago, IL 60647. Just make sure to note that your gift supports the Honey Co-Op in the notes section of the webpage or on your check.