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Lincoln Land Community College Green Center - Community Garden

5250 Shepherd Rd.
Springfield, IL 62794-9256

 

Illinois Department of Agriculture Community Garden

801  Sangamon Ave

Springfield, IL 62702

This garden consists of 1/3 acre with 42 raised beds. Water is available on site.  Cost to join is $25 for the first bed and $15 for each additional with a maximum of four beds per individual.  Open to all.
 

Garden Sponsored By: LLCC Green Center
Contact:  Tomas Spears

217-786-3675

thomas.spears@llcc.edu

Enos Park Community Garden

1022 N 5th St.

Springfield, IL 62702

This is a nearly 1 acre garden located at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Water, garden tools and compost are available on site for gardeners. Local residents of Springfield and the surrounding area may rent plots for the season. The garden consists of 175 individual 12' x 12' plots and each plot costs $20. Tilling is available for an additional $10. Gardeners grow their own produce and care for their plots. Only the gardeners renting plots can harvest from the garden. Space is limited. Season begins March 13th.

 

Garden Sponsored By: Illinois Department of Agriculture
Contact: Chuck Cawley or Doug Rathbun
chuck.cawley@illinois.gov,

217-558-7041

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The Enos Park Neighborhood Gardens is a partnership between Kumler Outreach Ministries and the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association. Our vision is to foster an environment where people from all walks of life can come together to grow high-quality food. We want to increase access to fresh produce, teach others valuable skills, and create a context where people can become
neighbors.

 

The garden has a large communal garden where volunteers share in the work and share in the harvest. There is also a personal plot area where raised beds can be
rented for $10/year. This rental fee provides access to water, tools, seeds, mulch, and garden advice upon request. (Volunteer hours can be substituted for the rental
fee.)
From May-September in 2022, volunteer times are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9-11. A free farmers market will be held from 10-11 on these days.
Personal Plot renters are encouraged to meet Wednesday evenings from 5-7.

 

The garden also includes a small outdoor classroom, a multitude of fruits (including a 300 sf strawberry U-pick), and 1600 sf of prairie (being planted in 2022). For current information, please see our Facebook page or contact the garden manager.
Contact: Carey Smith, garden manager
Email: info@epnia.com
217-747-8337
https://www.facebook.com/enosparkcommunitygarden

 

 

Bountiful Basket Garden

1120 B North Fourth Street

Petersburg, IL 62675

 

This 1/4 acre garden is supported by 23 volunteers.

The soil has been tested and water is available on site.

Vegetables are free and harvested

each Tuesday and Thursday 

for recipients of the Menard County Food Pantry, High Rise Apartments or anyone in need.

 

Contact: Karen Denton or Beth Kiningham

kaarendent@yahoo.com

bethkin8@gmail.com

 

UIS Campus Community Garden
5255 Shepherd Rd

Springfield, IL

The UIS Campus Community Garden provides hands-on learning opportunities for UIS students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the surrounding community. The garden demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and “leadership lived.”

 

This is an outdoor classroom where community members teach one another, share gardening tips and secrets, and build lasting relationships.​ We cultivate fresh produce, build relationships, and work to make our food system more sustainable. We also host barbecues, social events, and weekly work days during the gardening season.

The UIS garden is a true communal garden; the UIS students plant and tend everything and community members are welcome to help and harvest at any time.

 

For more information, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UISGarden/ and visit our official webpage https://www.uis.edu/community-garden/about-community-garden.

 

Contact:Dr. Megan Styles, UIS Garden Faculty Adviser, mstyl2@uis.edu

Kerasotes YMCA Community Garden

 

4550 W. Iles

Springfield, IL 62711

 

This garden was designed by genHkids staff and volunteers. Community involvement from the neighborhood is encouraged. The garden is open to the public.  The garden consists of several raised beds on the west side of the building.  

Contact: YMCA

217-679-1625

Black Hawk Elementary School:

genHkids Seeds of Possibility School Garden

2500 S. College St.

Springfield, IL

Black Hawk Elementary School staff manages this garden. 

Contact: Black Hawk Elementary School

217-525-3195

Washington Middle School Communal Garden

2300 East Jackson Street

Springfield, IL 62703

 

This large communal garden is open to all.

Contact:  Lynn Ehmen

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St. Patrick Catholic School: genHkids Seeds of Possibility School Garden

1800 S Grand Ave East

Springfield, IL 62703

 

The garden offers enrichment and opportunities for learning during lessons. The garden features several raised beds including two wheelchair-accessible beds. Water, tools and other resources are managed by staff and volunteers.

Contact: St. Patrick's Catholic School

217-523-7670

Garden at the Club

300 S. 15th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

 

This community garden was started with funding from a NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant and Hy-Vee One Step grant.   Multiple plots are planted and maintained by students enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club, staff, and volunteers.  A variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers are are grown and produce is used by students, parents, and staff.  Apple and peach trees were recently planted, a generous donation from Ecofluent, as well as raspberry and blackberry vines.

Garden Sponsored By: Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois, Grow Springfield

 

Contact: Alana Reynolds

217-528-1563

alana@ilstewards.org

Motherland Gardens

815 S 15th St

Springfield, IL 62703

Motherland Gardens is part of a Neighborhood Revitalization and Beautification project which is currently being implemented in the East side of Springfield by the Non for Profit Organization named Motherland Gardens Community Project Inc,

The garden is located on a 1/2 acre of fertile land.  Private plots available for rent anticipated beginning in 2023.
The garden is also developing a horticulture, forestry, and apiary program.  Bee hive installation is planned for 2022.

Hours: open every day 9-5 but received only by appointment. Call and make an appointment before visiting.  Gardening classes offered on site.

Email: motherland.gcp@gmail.com 

Phone:217-502-0718
Website:

http://motherlandgardenscommunityproject.org
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Jefferson Park Community Garden

300 North Oxford Rd.

Springfield, IL 62702

 

 

This small community garden located at Jefferson Park consists of individual 10ft. x 20ft. plots. Water is available on site. The cost to join is $10. Space is limited. Season runs April 1 - November 1.
 

Garden Sponsored By: Springfield Park District and Friends of Jefferson Park
Contact: Sean Dickerson

217-544-1751, ext 1012

seandickerson@springfieldparks.org

Butler Elementary School Community Garden

1701 S. Macarthur Blvd

Springfield, Il 62704

This school garden was established in the Spring of 2014 with the help of a Hy-Vee One Step Grant and school volunteers.  The garden program receives annual support from private donors, PTO, and Grow Springfield.  Past support includes: Lowe’s Toolbox For Education Grant, MacArthur Boulevard Association Grant, Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant, Chipotle Do Good With Burritos Fundraiser, Barnes & Noble Fundraiser, Ahh Yoga Summer Solstice Fundraiser,

Raised beds, containers, and in-ground plots, located throughout the school grounds, grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial flowers.  On the front lawn, there is a blackberry patch and monarch waystation. Garden leaders, volunteers, students, and teachers maintain the gardens during the school year and the produce is used during nutrition & cooking lessons.

 

The gardens are used as outdoor classrooms and all students and teachers participate in lessons aligned with learning standards. During the summer months, the garden is maintained with the help of volunteers and produce is harvested and taken home by many families in the community.

Follow on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ButlerSchoolCommunityGarden

Contact:  Alana Reynolds

217-528-1563

alana@ilstewards.org

Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center at Poplar Place

902 25th Street

Springfield, IL

The Poplar Place community garden was originally built in 2016 and then expanded in 2017.  This garden primarily serves the families of Poplar Place, but is open to all. 

 

Garden Sponsored By: Memorial Medical Center
Contact: Ayesha Lawson,  alawson@sps186.org

Iles School/Living Water Christian Ministries Garden

1405 East Laurel Street

Springfield, IL

 

This communal garden is tended by Iles School students during the school year, and is also open to the public. There are ten raised beds, two wheelchair-accessible beds, and a smaller strawberry patch. Across the street at Iles School, a monarch garden has been planted.

Contact: Noel Scott

217-525-3226

Community Works Garden

3rd and Canedy Streets

Springfield, IL

 

This is a collaborative community garden that is open to the public.  It features 10 raised beds. 

Contact: Jay Shanle

217-522-3123 x 1005

jasons@connshg.com

Project Southtown

1310 South 11th Street

Springfield, IL

This communal-style garden has been on public hiatus with the pandemic, but is open to volunteers in 2022.  Chickens and bees provide for educational opportunities, as well as fresh eggs and honey.  Garden include various beds plus a large asparagus patch.

Contact:  George Sinclair

217-553-2243

Johnson Park Community Garden

1917 Johnson Park Drive

Springfield, IL 

The Johnson Park community garden was built in September, 2017.  This garden was constructed with the help of United Way volunteers.  Johnson Place community garden primarily serves families of Johnson Park, but is open to all.

The Spartan Garden at Southeast High School

2350 E Ash St

Springfield, IL 62703

Southeast High School students and staff manage this garden, which consists of raised garden beds and is located in the field between the school and the football/track field. Seeds, tools and instructions provided by staff and volunteers. Plants are grown by Southeast's own biology teacher, Andy Heck.

 

This garden provides produce to the culinary arts and nutrition program at Southeast, but also functions as a community garden from April/May until October. Neighbors and community members are welcome and encouraged to come learn about gardening and take home free, fresh produce.  A micropantry, little free library, and small orchard are also located on site.

 

Contact:  Kayla Morrison

kworker1988@gmail.com

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Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

501 South Douglas Ave

Springfield, IL  62704

Garden boxes can be rented for $10, and there is one community strawberry box. The old, wooden deteriorating boxes are being replaced with metal boxes. First community work morning of the season Saturday April 23, 2022, 9 am until noon, all skills welcome.

Contact: Daumc@douglasavenue.org

217-546-4631

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