Healthy Food For Hungry Families "
We are a group of citizens—working under a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation—to grow healthy food, without herbicides or pesticides, to feed low income families. The Waukegan Park District partners with us by generously providing land and water. We also promote the concept of urban farming and help to plant other community gardens.
Our vegetables and fruit are grown in raised beds, and we are also building a hoop house to extend our growing season. Our crops are distributed through a local food bank that serves some 150 families per week. With over 40 raised beds, we can produce annually about 1 ton of fresh produce.
Greentown Urban Farming is always eager for additional members or occasional volunteers to lend a hand. Because of our 501(c)(3) status, contributions of funds, supplies, or equipment are tax deductible.
Please consider joining us in our mission to grow healthy food for hungry families.
Short Term Goals
- Expansion of the Madeleine Fuqua Garden from 20 beds to 43 beds
- Construction of Demonstration Hoop House and pilot freshwater aquaponics project to allow the growing of seedlings for plants in the Madeleine Fuqua Garden and to extend the growing season
- Provide educational programming for DIY agriculture, nutrition, and sustainability
- Distribution of seeds and seedlings to pioneer garden projects
- Produce educational and marketing materials
Long Term Goals
- Continue expansion of Madeleine Fuqua Garden and aquaponics program
- Begin consultation towards a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
- Develop community garden and urban agriculture sites to supply other local food pantries
- Implement agricultural consultation and education programs across Lake County