You can grow your own food. And we can help!

Roots Community Garden

The main goal of this garden is to bring nutritional food to the tables of the underserved POC families.  Secondary and tertiary purposes include improving our neighborhood and providing a venue for exercise for many alienated persons in our community.

We have empowered the POC families to organize and run the community garden.  Our Community Health Nurse and our Behavioral Health Navigator were able to use this garden as a tool to teach about healthy eating and an active lifestyle, to break down social isolation and create a socially involved community for the many underserved families that use the POC.  Further knowledge was shared and gathered by all members of this garden.  It was open for teaching and sharing at all age levels.

Our garden was a cohesive bond in our community that brought together all different cultures and age groups.  Many community service hours where fulfilled at this garden.  It was a place where our community shared ideas, had potluck picnics and pumpkin parties.   The families that worked the garden were proud of what they have grown. 

We have documented our first and second growing season in words and pictures.  Please visit



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Where it's at:

1475 North Hicks Road
Palatine, IL 60067
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and families

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Project leaders:

Lori Laskowske
Kathy Millin

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