UPDATE: We are thrilled to announce that 65th & Woodlawn Community Garden and Kumunda Garden will be reopened on May 4th! We offer heartfelt thanks to the Presbytery of Chicago for helping us to reach an agreement with the First Presbyterian Church that will allow us to garden through the growing season. We also want to thank all the gardeners, neighbors, and online supporters who recognized the role these gardens play in our community's physical, economic and social health. We hope our experience draws attention to all the gardens provide -- not just sustainable, healthy food, but also space for collaborative projects, and community self-determination and healing. With this crisis resolved, we remain committed to growing and working collectively to sustain the most valuable resource of Woodlawn and the greater Southside: the people of our community. Currently, we are working on a website that will feature important information about the [...]
First Presbyterian Church has fostered community gardens since the nineteenth century. Its now-former pastor nearly put an end to that. The garden story is the cover feature of this week's South Side Weekly! Grab a veggie juice and take a deep dive into the long legacy of the 65th & Woodlawn Gardens dating back to the early 20th century! It's an enlightening read with many historical facts and well worth your time. Thanks to Emeline Posner Em El Pos and her team for this well-researched article and to the South Side Weekly for putting this story front and center. We are so inspired and motivated to continue growing and building the gardens in Woodlawn for many, many years to come! Join us!
Congratulations and Thank You! to everyone who worked on this bill to make it easier to start and sustain urban growing spaces in Illinois. Now for the governor's signature!