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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

DuPage County Community Gardens

Garden History

In September 2012, DuPage County signed onto the Cool Counties Initiative with a goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 10%, by 2020 and  by 20%, by 2030 countywide. One of the recommendations states that the County should educate consumers about the benefits of buying locally grown food and shopping locally. In support of this goal, the County would like to recognize existing gardens that provide food in the community. 

Community gardens vary in size and purpose. Some serve to educate individuals on the importance of a sustainable lifestyle and others contribute critically needed produce to food pantries.  The County invites schools, park districts, organizations, faith organizations and garden groups to consider starting or expanding a community garden in your area. 

The County hosted a summer workshop on August 16th, with over 45 attendees, for those interested in starting a community garden, sharing resources and exchanging ideas.  Many organizations shared excellent information during the workshop and some of these presentations are available here -  Loaves & Fishes Pantry, FORWARD DuPage, Hammerschmidt School and GardenWorks.

Additional resources are available with links to other community gardening organizations and funding sources to start community garden projects. A community leadership group has also developed a Facebook page for gardeners and interested community members to network.

To help residents find a local garden, the County will maintain this regional database of community gardens.  DuPage gardens can also be downloaded as a GIS Map.  Email us at recycle@dupageco.org with your feedback, or to add your garden project to the regional database of community gardens & farmers markets. 

Tools and Resources to start a Community Garden

 

Community/Organization/Garden ClubAddressOther Info
Benedictine University5700 College Road, Lisle, located just west of Scholl Hall 
Bloomingdale Park District 

Springfield Park at 269 Springfield Dr, Bloomingdale

garden plots available for rental and raised garden beds will be installed for children, youth, adults and seniors with special needs
Carol Stream Park DistrictSlepicka Homestead Park at Lies Road & Spring Trailgarden plots available for rental and 4 ADA-compliant raised garden beds
Clare Oak Retirement Center825 Carillon Dr., Bartletta few residents grow tomatoes for neighbors at the center and also for donation to the Hanover Park Township Pantry
Common Ground Garden at Winfield Community United Methodist Church0S 347 Jefferson, WinfieldA joint project of Gary Memorial and Winfield Community United Churches, that donates garden produce to People's Resource Center
Downers Grove Park District, Mar-Duke Farm 6800 S. Main St., Downers Grovegarden plots available for rental and 4 ADA-compliant raised garden beds
Elmhurst College Three Sisters Garden126 Prospecttraditional 'three sisters' vegetables are grown - beans, squash and corn
Elmhurst Park District - Golden Meadows Park south end of Caroline & Hampshire Avenues, Elmhurstgarden plots available for rental
Georgetown Elementary School995 Long Grove Dr., AuroraLet's Get Growing Community Gardens, a cooperative project between Indian Prairie School District, the Fox Valley Park District and the Southeast Villages Neighborhood Association - 10 x 10 plots available for a fee

Glen Ellyn Park District

Glen Ellyn Garden

Village Green Park

130 S. Lambert Rd.

 
Glenbard North High School990 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream 
Gombert Elementary School2707 Ridge Rd., AuroraLet's Get Growing Community Gardens, a cooperative project between Indian Prairie School District, the Fox Valley Park District and the Southeast Villages Neighborhood Association - 10 x 10 plots available for a fee
Hammerschmidt School Learn & Play Gardens617 Hammerschmidt Avenue, Lombardone elementary school transformed their playground into a naturally interactive landscape, fostering a healthy environment
Hanover Park Senior Center240 S. IL Route 59, Bartlettgrow vegetables for donation to Hanover Park Township Pantry
Itasca Giving GardenSt. Matthews Lutheran Church at 733 Catalpa Avenue - specifically at north end of garden plotgrow vegetables for donation to Itasca Food Pantry
Itasca Park DistrictBenson Park, on Mill Road, south of Irving Pk. Rd. and St. Matthews Lutheran Church at 733 Catalpa Avenuegarden plots available to Park District residents only
Kline Creek Farms1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicagovolunteers assist in planting heirloom fruits and vegetables in the kitchen garden
Lisle Park DistrictSouthwest corner of River Road Park - at corner of Maple Avenue & River Roadgarden plots available for rental
Naperville Park District Community Garden811 S. West St., Naperville495 full-size plots available, 60 half-size plots available and 6 raised beds available.  Plots are located at different park district locations including Winding Creek Park, Harris Fawell Park, Veterans Park, and the Community Center.
North Central Community Garden220 E. Chicago Ave., next to Ward Residence Hall 
Our Savior Church Community Garden Project1244 W. Army Trail Road, Carol Stream

volunteers can help with the community garden project

Resiliency Institute

30W060 Ferry Road, Naperville

 

Roselle United Methodist Church

206 S. Rush Streetgrow food for donation to PADS at St. Isidore's, Bloomingdale Township
Food Pantry, and Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.
Westmont High School909 Oakwood Dr. 
Willowbrook High School1250 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park 
Winfield Park District 0N020 County Farm Road, behind Activity Centerwalk-in registration is encouraged to rent garden plot