Learn how to grow your own organic food in six large Pop-up Victory Gardens on the north side of Chicago. Gardens are run by the communities that garden there. PGP provides management and education.
Since 2010, over 10,000 volunteers have helped us grow. From behind-the-scenes administrative work to garden leadership to hands-in-the-soil day-to-day joyful garden labor, volunteers are the heart of PGP.
Grow2Give plots encompass approximately 10% of each garden and are tended by volunteers who grow food organically to donate to neighborhood food pantries.
We've done a lot together since we started in 2010...
In the beginning...
Fighting Food Insecurity
Scholarships and In-garden Program Partnerships. Peterson Garden Project sets aside at least 10% of garden plots for scholarships for individual families and for food growing programs facilitated with community partners.
2020 Garden Locations
Howard/Ashland, Rogers Park, 49th Ward
Partnerships:Alderman Maria Hadden, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Howard Street Service Area #19, Howard Area Community Center
Grow2Give™ produce donated to Howard Area Community Center
Land on Lincoln
Lincoln/Sacramento, Arcadia Terrace, 40th Ward
Partnerships:Alderman Andrew Vasquez
Grow2Give™ produce donated to Inspiration Cafe
Swedish Covenant Garden
Carmen/California, North Park, 40th Ward
Partnerships:Alderman Andre Vasquez, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Grow2Give™ produce donated to First Slice
Vedgewater - ON HOLD UNTIL 2021
Broadway/Rosemont, Edgewater, 48th Ward
Partnerships:Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Loyola Lakeshore Campus
Grow2Give™ produce donated to Care for Real
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Thanks and remembrance...
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
Staff and Consultants
- Alvin Yu, Owner, Fyusion Dining (2017)
- Amy Smith, Garden Leadership (2019)
- LaManda Joy, Founder, Board President Emeritus (2010)
- Leah Ray, Secretary, HKS Architects (2018)
- Maribeth Heeran, President (2017)
- Tony Abruscato, Treasurer, Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show (2014)
- Troy McMillan, Government Relations (2017)
- Becky Rico, Executive Director
- Shannon Greve, Registration Management
Volunteer Garden Leaders
Over 45 people volunteer as garden leaders every season. Their names are too numerous to list here but they are all very much appreciated.