Community Gardens: Where to get your Hands Dirty to help the Community

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Are you looking for a gardening experience for you or your children but have no space or garden in your own home. Maybe you have a black thumb and like the idea of a garden but have never successfully grown anything other than dandelions.

Community Gardens are a great way to get your hands dirty and learn abut gardening in someone else’s space. We’ve rounded up some of the area community gardens and how you can get involved with them. Many of them provide their crop to local food pantries and all allow children to come and help.

Glencoe Community Garden
 380 Old Green Bay Rd, Glencoe |   gcgarden18{at} | Facebook 
A sustainable, organic-practicing, food-producing, mini farm and garden. 100% of produce grown goes to food pantries or charities. In the last three years they have donated over 6,000 pounds of food.
Upcoming Work Days: Sunday April 26, May 17, and May 31 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Call 847-875-7025 to sign up.

Vernon Area Public Library District Community Garden
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire | 224-543-1486
Register to com help the library plant their vegetable garden! Children in grades 1-4 can help master gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension office plant Vegetables. Learn about square foot gardening  and get your hands dirty! Event will take place May 30 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., rain date is May 31. Register , by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any service desk in the library.

Moraine Township 
Woodridge Park, Highland Park | super{at} | 847-432-3240
Join in the “Pantry Plants Garden Project”. Families are encouraged to join together to work in the garden that provides fresh food to supplement the food pantry. Contact the Township Office to schedule a time.

Glenkirk Community Garden
3660 Commercial Ave., Northbrook
Creatively Caring is in need of one day volunteers on Thursday May 28 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. {Adults only} to help prep the garden. Contact Creatively Caring on Facebook to sign up. To find out how to become involved in the Garden Program, please contact Shayna Green at 847-400-8559 or sgreen{at}

Avon Community Food Pantry
433 E. Washington St., Round Lake Park | [email protected] | 224-338-9950
Join us to officially open the gardening season at the Avon Community Food Pantry Garden Planting Day, May 16 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year, Growing Healthy People is playing a major role in growing nutritious fresh produce that will literally be harvested and taken into the pantry for distribution to clients. How fresh is that? Join us for plant day and beyond. Together we hope to harvest three TONS of food.

Fremont Township Community Garden
22385 W. Route 60, Mundelein | Village Homesteading Mundelein
The  Village Homesteading of Mundelein is responsible for the Fremont Township Community Garden. They are looking for volunteers to help them with the Garden. Everyone is welcome, from the Beginner to the Garden Pro. Contact them at 224-645-6030 to became a garden helper. Watch on their Facebook page for planting events.


If you are worried about commuting to a community garden, no fear! Waukegan Park District is looking for one time volunteers for a Community Planting Day.
Saturday May 2 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Janet & Robert Morrison Memorial Picnic Center in Bowen Park (Sheridan Road and Greenwood Ave.). Individuals and groups are invited to attend and help them install native plants. Refreshments will be available and registration is required. Contact Natalie Dutack at 847-360-4725 or ndutack{at}

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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