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La Huerta Roots and Rays Community Garden

La Huerta Roots and Rays Community Garden began five years ago when someone had the idea to plant a sunflower in a vacant lot, and created a ripple effect that is still being felt today. That vacant lot is now a burgeoning community garden, and has more sunflowers than we know what to do with. La Huerta Roots and Rays is a diverse, community-run space with members from all around our neighborhood of Pilsen and the City of Chicago. We are all ages, all skill levels, all walks of life and all brought together around a common purpose: growing community and food. We work hard to be as inclusive as possible by conducting all of our meetings and communications in English and Spanish, providing activities for people of all ages, and growing food that is culturally relevant to our predominately Hispanic community.  

Recently we completed a community outreach and input process for the redesign of our garden related to a grant we received to remediate the lead contaminated soil our garden current sits on (we have gardened in raised beds for safety).  As part of this process we had about 30 people attend six meetings to envision with their dream garden, (the video attached shows our final plan).  Nearly every person in attendance came up with a project that will in some way benefit the garden and the community, in addition to our regular programming.  The list of projects is far too long to place in this application, but we are searching for grants to make our gardener's dreams a reality.  Our goal for this coming season, and the next few years is to find grant money for each of these projects and help us to be more than just a community garden, but an inclusive space for all.

Where it's at:

1532 W. Cullerton Street
Chicago, IL 60608
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

families and children

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
fruit trees

Project leaders:

Sara Ellis
Marc Bahnsen

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606