Sowing seeds of change

How does a community make healthy food options a neighborhood norm? For Englewood, it’s meant growing your own food and supporting urban agriculture.

For the past few years, Whole Cities Foundation has partnered with Englewood nonprofits that make healthy food available in the community. Englewood leaders are coming together to teach folks how to grow tomatoes in buckets, sell local greens on mobile markets, and sow seeds of change through community gardens.

Community gardens are a unique tool for enhancing food access because residents can grow their own food, improve their health, and build the local food system all at once.

Community gardens also:

  • create job opportunities
  • boost the local economy
  • provide sustainable produce

When fresh food is available in the community, residents can more easily make nutritious diet choices and enjoy longer lives.

I Grow Chicago’s “Peace Garden” provides hands-on opportunities for Englewood residents to learn about farming, nutrition, and food sustainability. The garden, which was once a vacant lot, is now a vibrant learning center that provides fresh food, skills development, and partnership to the people of Englewood!

Many people in Englewood face obstacles such as limited healthy food options and scarcity of employment opportunities. The Peace Garden seeks to help overcome those obstacles by preparing residents to grow their own food, employing local neighbors, and educating the youth through summer camp.