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 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


2019 preSERVE Garden Days

Garden Fun Volunteer Days are monthly from April through October, typically on a Saturday from 10am-12pm.  Our currently scheduled dates are below, but are subject to change based on weather conditions – check out our events page and social media for the latest dates.  Space is limited, so be sure to register by emailing  We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • April 20th

  • May 11th

  • June 1st

  • June 15th

  • June 29th

  • July 13th

  • July 27th

  • August 10th

  • August 24th

  • September 7th

  • September 28th

  • October 12th

  • October 26th

  • End of Season Clean-up Day, TBD


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 Brekke at or