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Fresh Thyme Giving Bag Program @ Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Aug 1 @ 12:00 am – Aug 31 @ 11:59 pm
Fresh thyme giving bag program ALL OF AUGUST | 2019 When You Buy A Bag This Month, We Will Recieve A $1 Donation! EVENT DATE  |  Saturday, September 28th The OK Classic is one very[...]
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Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day 5:30 pm
Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY Help us Knockout the To-Do List The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and[...]
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Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day 5:30 pm
Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY Help us Knockout the To-Do List The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and[...]
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug
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2019
Fresh Thyme Giving Bag Program @ Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Aug 1 @ 12:00 am – Aug 31 @ 11:59 pm

Fresh thyme giving bag program

ALL OF AUGUST | 2019

When You Buy A Bag This Month, We Will Recieve A $1 Donation!

EVENT DATE  |  Saturday, September 28th

The OK Classic is one very full day of fun and competitive co-ed, 14-inch softball. This tournament is our original fundraiser and still serves as one of our most important days of the year to gather community in connection to the mission. Please click below to visit the event homepage.

About the Event

Fresh Thyme Giving Bag Program Featuring the Giving Tag

This program is designed to make it easy for shoppers to give back to their local community while supporting the environment.

Each time a shopper purchases the $2.99 Giving Bag with the Giving Tag, they will have the power to direct a $1 donation to a local non-profit of their choice within 7 days of their purchase.

Opportunity Knocks will receive a $1 donation every time a $2.99 reusable Giving Bag is sold for the month of August at the Fresh Thyme stores located at:

7501 North Ave., River Forest IL

Snag A Bag In The Month of August

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Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

About the Work Day

COME & GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY DOWN ON THE FARM!

 

Volunteer tasks range from pulling weeds, planting and harvesting, turning compost, spreading mulch, and anything else that may need to be done that day. (You will be notified by 12:00 pm in the case of inclement weather if the work day will be canceled).

Water will be available, but please be sure to bring a water bottle to fill up. The OK Farm also has sunscreen, gloves, and any farm/garden tools we will need. Also, be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, close-toed shoes, and a hat is recommended.

Please Note: Warriors are welcome however, staff will not be provided for these work days. Please email aniki@opportunityknocksnow.org for accommodations and questions.

 

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here's a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here’s a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Our Story

The history of the ok farm

"OUR PURPOSE ON THE FARM IS TO LEARN, GROW AND CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY WHILE WE PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY VEGETABLES TO FEED OUR ENTERPRISES AND FUEL OUR WELLNESS PROGRAMS"

The OK Farm was conceived in late 2015 as a way to give the Warriors a role in the local sustainable food movement by creating a ‘seed to jar’ experience with our Knockout Pickle production. The idea was to plant, grow and harvest the key supply requirements in order to produce a locally grown and locally made pickle.

The Farm was launched in April through a land partnership with our friends at Reuse Depot and a tremendous amount of support from many others in terms of volunteer hours, landscape/garden supplies and equipment. In a short period of time, we turned a 2,500 square foot field off Madison Street into lush, handicap-accessible urban farm.

Of course, the Warriors were in on the action every step of the way. Teams from both Life Shop and After Opps shoveled dirt, planted seeds, watered, weeded and harvested crops throughout the summer and fall. A generous donation of crushed gravel enabled us to convert muddy alleys between beds into pathways that were handicap accessible and remained usable during rainy periods. We also created 22-bed feet of raised boxes that provided crop access to participants in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

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Tue
2019
Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

About the Work Day

COME & GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY DOWN ON THE FARM!

 

Volunteer tasks range from pulling weeds, planting and harvesting, turning compost, spreading mulch, and anything else that may need to be done that day. (You will be notified by 12:00 pm in the case of inclement weather if the work day will be canceled).

Water will be available, but please be sure to bring a water bottle to fill up. The OK Farm also has sunscreen, gloves, and any farm/garden tools we will need. Also, be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, close-toed shoes, and a hat is recommended.

Please Note: Warriors are welcome however, staff will not be provided for these work days. Please email aniki@opportunityknocksnow.org for accommodations and questions.

 

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here's a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here’s a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Our Story

The history of the ok farm

"OUR PURPOSE ON THE FARM IS TO LEARN, GROW AND CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY WHILE WE PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY VEGETABLES TO FEED OUR ENTERPRISES AND FUEL OUR WELLNESS PROGRAMS"

The OK Farm was conceived in late 2015 as a way to give the Warriors a role in the local sustainable food movement by creating a ‘seed to jar’ experience with our Knockout Pickle production. The idea was to plant, grow and harvest the key supply requirements in order to produce a locally grown and locally made pickle.

The Farm was launched in April through a land partnership with our friends at Reuse Depot and a tremendous amount of support from many others in terms of volunteer hours, landscape/garden supplies and equipment. In a short period of time, we turned a 2,500 square foot field off Madison Street into lush, handicap-accessible urban farm.

Of course, the Warriors were in on the action every step of the way. Teams from both Life Shop and After Opps shoveled dirt, planted seeds, watered, weeded and harvested crops throughout the summer and fall. A generous donation of crushed gravel enabled us to convert muddy alleys between beds into pathways that were handicap accessible and remained usable during rainy periods. We also created 22-bed feet of raised boxes that provided crop access to participants in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

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The 13th Annual OK Classic @ Forest Park Softball Fields
Sep 28 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

The 13th Annual OK Classic

REGISTRATION DATE  |  Monday, July 29th

EVENT DATE  |  Saturday, September 28th

The OK Classic is one very full day of fun and competitive co-ed, 14-inch softball. This tournament is our original fundraiser and still serves as one of our most important days of the year to gather community in connection to the mission. Please click below to visit the event homepage.

About the Event

The OK Classic

​The OK Classic is one very full day of fun and competitive co-ed, 14-inch softball. This tournament is our original fundraiser and still serves as one of our most important days of the year to gather community in connection to the mission. This event also offers a full-on family friendly festival atmosphere in addition to the games. All of this benefits the Warriors at Opportunity Knocks.

The event features a friends-asking-friends fundraising platform among the teams and players in the tournament. That platform is hosted on a third-party site. Please click below to visit that site and find out all of the event details and ways to get involved.

Countdown to First Pitch

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Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

About the Work Day

COME & GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY DOWN ON THE FARM!

 

Volunteer tasks range from pulling weeds, planting and harvesting, turning compost, spreading mulch, and anything else that may need to be done that day. (You will be notified by 12:00 pm in the case of inclement weather if the work day will be canceled).

Water will be available, but please be sure to bring a water bottle to fill up. The OK Farm also has sunscreen, gloves, and any farm/garden tools we will need. Also, be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, close-toed shoes, and a hat is recommended.

Please Note: Warriors are welcome however, staff will not be provided for these work days. Please email aniki@opportunityknocksnow.org for accommodations and questions.

 

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here's a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here’s a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Our Story

The history of the ok farm

"OUR PURPOSE ON THE FARM IS TO LEARN, GROW AND CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY WHILE WE PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY VEGETABLES TO FEED OUR ENTERPRISES AND FUEL OUR WELLNESS PROGRAMS"

The OK Farm was conceived in late 2015 as a way to give the Warriors a role in the local sustainable food movement by creating a ‘seed to jar’ experience with our Knockout Pickle production. The idea was to plant, grow and harvest the key supply requirements in order to produce a locally grown and locally made pickle.

The Farm was launched in April through a land partnership with our friends at Reuse Depot and a tremendous amount of support from many others in terms of volunteer hours, landscape/garden supplies and equipment. In a short period of time, we turned a 2,500 square foot field off Madison Street into lush, handicap-accessible urban farm.

Of course, the Warriors were in on the action every step of the way. Teams from both Life Shop and After Opps shoveled dirt, planted seeds, watered, weeded and harvested crops throughout the summer and fall. A generous donation of crushed gravel enabled us to convert muddy alleys between beds into pathways that were handicap accessible and remained usable during rainy periods. We also created 22-bed feet of raised boxes that provided crop access to participants in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
Knockout Farm Volunteer Work Day @ The Knockout Farm Reuse Depot
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

AUGUST 20 FARM DAY - CANCELED DUE TO STORMS

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

KNOCKOUT FARM MONTHLY WORK DAY

Help us Knockout the To-Do List

The OK Farm is in full swing and we need volunteers to come out and get their hands dirty! We will be on the farm from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please join us as we connect, learn and grow together.

About the Work Day

COME & GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY DOWN ON THE FARM!

 

Volunteer tasks range from pulling weeds, planting and harvesting, turning compost, spreading mulch, and anything else that may need to be done that day. (You will be notified by 12:00 pm in the case of inclement weather if the work day will be canceled).

Water will be available, but please be sure to bring a water bottle to fill up. The OK Farm also has sunscreen, gloves, and any farm/garden tools we will need. Also, be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, close-toed shoes, and a hat is recommended.

Please Note: Warriors are welcome however, staff will not be provided for these work days. Please email aniki@opportunityknocksnow.org for accommodations and questions.

 

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here's a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Knockout Harvest

Produce with Purpose

The Knockout Farm connects to all of our programs in an experiential and therapeutic way, but it is also a food production operation that thrives and yields an efficient harvest that helps us grow our nutritional and wellness programming, while also offering great variety for our catering menus and artisanal pickle production line. Here’s a brief rundown of our seasonal totals from 2018.

Total # of Crops in 2018 Season

Total # of Crops Grown from Seed

Season Harvest Total in lbs

Total lbs of Cucumbers

Our Story

The history of the ok farm

"OUR PURPOSE ON THE FARM IS TO LEARN, GROW AND CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY WHILE WE PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY VEGETABLES TO FEED OUR ENTERPRISES AND FUEL OUR WELLNESS PROGRAMS"

The OK Farm was conceived in late 2015 as a way to give the Warriors a role in the local sustainable food movement by creating a ‘seed to jar’ experience with our Knockout Pickle production. The idea was to plant, grow and harvest the key supply requirements in order to produce a locally grown and locally made pickle.

The Farm was launched in April through a land partnership with our friends at Reuse Depot and a tremendous amount of support from many others in terms of volunteer hours, landscape/garden supplies and equipment. In a short period of time, we turned a 2,500 square foot field off Madison Street into lush, handicap-accessible urban farm.

Of course, the Warriors were in on the action every step of the way. Teams from both Life Shop and After Opps shoveled dirt, planted seeds, watered, weeded and harvested crops throughout the summer and fall. A generous donation of crushed gravel enabled us to convert muddy alleys between beds into pathways that were handicap accessible and remained usable during rainy periods. We also created 22-bed feet of raised boxes that provided crop access to participants in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Special Events

The OK mission was built through connections and funds raised via our special events. Over the years, we have worked to use take the financial pressure off of these events, while also aiming to maximize their potential as a forum to connect with our community. We host 4 marquee annual events, along with many other smaller events throughout the year.

THE OK CHILI COOK OFF

COOKING CONTEST & SUNDAY FUNDAY  |  January

Come join us in January for the NFL’s conference champion-ship Sunday. This annual OK event plays host to an epic chili throw-down, the NFL’s best football and great friends getting together for OK.

A NIGHT FOR OPPORTUNITIES

SEMI-FORMAL GALA BENEFIT  |  APRIL

With the coming of Spring also comes the OK gala. Watch for the gala each year in April. First class food and drinks, great live music, and exciting auctions highlight this semi-formal affair.

The OK
Block PARTY

Neighborhood get-together  |  June

We’ll be dancin’ in the streets, talking loud and drawing a crowd! Come on out for this day-long block party featuring great fun for all ages, full with excellent local food vendors, craft brewers, live music, kid’s entertainment, Warrior entertainment, and great contests. This year, we’re also planning a pre-party fun run!  Don’t miss out!

The OK Classic

Softball tournament & festival  |  September

Each September, OK plays host to a coed 14” softball tournament on the fields in Forest Park. In addition to softball, it is a day full of great food, friends and family fun.

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