Wagner Farm Community Garden
The Wagner Farm Community Garden is located at Historic Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County and a well-loved facility of the Glenview Park District. In 2012, Wagner Farm carved out an acre of its fields to create WFCG with the goal of encouraging residents to grow their own organic food.
Gardeners who receive a plot in the annual lottery get a 10x20' plot that's tilled and amended by our farmers, as well as access to gardening classes, a garden blog, a garden bulletin board, and assistance from the garden coordinator. The 100+ plot garden has been a success from the beginning. Each year, the program has been fully subscribed, with 25+ gardeners on the wait-list in 2013.
In 2012, we set up a collection wagon to support the Northfield Food Pantry, a local pantry helping over 1,600 individuals each month. Community gardeners enthusiastically donated 1,300 lbs. of organic vegetables and herbs in 2012 and 2013, and we hope to double that amount in the coming years.
Plans for 2014 include a second donation wagon, transportation coolers, a Food Pantry plot gardened by volunteers, and scheduled gleaning days. We don't want any of this beautiful organic produce to go to waste, and we've noticed that some gardeners plant more than they have time to harvest. Gleaning days will help by pairing volunteers with plots that need harvesting, ensuring that the most organic produce possible gets to families in need.
The garden coordinator and community gardeners share tthe WFCG with the many visitors who enjoy Historic Wagner Farm every day. Whether it's discussing how best to grow eggplant or sharing stories about faraway gardens, everyone who enters the WFCG learns something new, enjoys something beautiful, and walks away with ideas about what community can accomplish.
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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