Our Community Garden
In 2015, the garden moved to Waukegan Park District property at the Henry Pfau Callahan Park which allowed the organization to expand the production of fresh vegetables. Forty raised beds were installed and maintained by a group of enthusiastic dedicated volunteers, the bounty of which reached over 2000 lbs in both 2016 and 2017, all of it was donated to Community Christian Church of Lake County Food Pantry. This amazing impact on the local food system was recognized by Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and the Waukegan Park District with Community Service Awards in 2015 and 2016. Besides raising vegetables, GreenTOWN engages children and adults in the garden through classes on gardening, studying insects and birds, analyzing plant growth and water usage. We also participate in local events to raise awareness of our programs and encourage people to start their own gardens. In 2017 GreenTOWN was also selected as a recipient of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation GRO1000 Grassroots Grant, applauding efforts to improve communities through gardens and greenspaces.
Inactive in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, our community garden will spring back to life in 2022 and again provide fresh, healthy produce for food-insecure families. Stay tuned for more exciting news and programs at the garden.