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 about 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.

Community Gardens in Lake County

Please be sure to check with the induvial gardens for their policies and volunteer events. These can change at any time and Little Lake County is not responsible for changes or cancelations.

Glencoe Community Garden

380 Old Green Bay Rd, Glencoe |   (847) 975-7025 | Facebook 
A sustainable, organic-practicing, food-producing, mini farm and garden. 100% of produce grown goes to food pantries or charities. They have donated over 6,000 pounds of food.
Summer volunteer harvest times start on June first and are:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Drop-ins are welcome and no experience is necessary. They also offer programs throughout the seasons including storytimes, gardening lectures, and more.

Vernon Area Public Library District Community Garden

300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire | (224) 543-1486
Register on the events calendar to help the library plant its vegetable garden! Children in grades 1-4 can help master gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension office plant Vegetables.

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 become a garden helper.

Community Care Garden

1200 American Way, Libertyville
The community CARE garden is located on the southeast corner of The Chapel’s Libertyville Campus. We are a volunteer-run garden from The Chapel and First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, serving the Lake County area through The Chapel’s community CARE center, The First Presbyterian Mobile Food Pantry, and other food pantries in Lake County. Watch their Facebook page for upcoming workdays.

Smart Farm

490 W. Illinois Rte. 22, Barrington, | (847) 875-2060
Smart Farm of Barrington is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is two-fold: to grow fresh produce for our neighbors in need and to be an educational resource on sustainable gardening practices and healthy eating. Volunteers must complete a volunteer form on the website. Volunteer days are every other Saturday, June – October, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to help out. Middle school-age children and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Did we miss your favorite community garden? Share it with us in the comments!

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