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preSERVE Garden

The preSERVE Garden provides environmental integrity to green space, increases awareness and pleasure of growing good food, and shares the enjoyment of gardens with the entire community. preSERVE is a partnership between Slow Food Chicago, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and NeighborSpace.

PreSERVE strawberry

2014 preSERVE Garden Harvest Tracker!

Pounds harvested to date: 352.75

Crops harvested: Red radishes, white radishes, spinach, turnips, collard greens, rhubarb, chives, strawberries, shallots, garlic, sunflowers, carrots, all red potatoes, russet potatoes, and yukon gold potatoes!

Michael and Potato Harvest

preSERVE Background

preSERVE was created in 2010 out of a desire to get more deeply involved in community gardening at a neighborhood level.  Since its creation, the preSERVE garden has continued to expand. The garden is home to fruit trees and bushes, composting, and an ever-expanding diversity of crops like sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, greens, heirloom tomatoes, and more!

In 2013, we harvested more than 430 pounds from the preSERVE Garden, including 31 different crops! Not bad for a city lot. Many of the varieties grown in the preSERVE Garden are from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, an international catalog of endangered and rare foods.
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We need your help!

We would not be able to keep the garden healthy and thriving without the help of our volunteers! Come get your hands dirty as we prepare the garden beds, learn how to plant seeds and seedlings, and join in the fun of harvesting sweet potatoes.  We need volunteer leaders and people to help with potlucks and other fun events throughout the year.  For more information, contact Aislinn at Slow Food preSERVE or fill out our Get Involved page.

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2014 preSERVE Garden Workdays

Workdays are monthly from March through November, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  Our currently scheduled dates are below, but are subject to change based on weather conditions – check out our events page for the latest dates.  Space is limited, so be sure to register through one of the links above.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • April 19
  • May 31
  • June 28
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 1