• an education and research laboratory for Value-Added Local Food, Culinary Arts, and community education programs, and
• a space for staff and employees to grow their own food.
The garden consists of 35 raised beds, a 30’X48’ movable high tunnel built on a track system, and a 22’X48’ fixed high tunnel.
The Community Garden offers many benefits to its participants:
- Improves the health and well being of those involved. Gardening relieves stress and offers physical activity to daily life.
- Connects people to their community.
- Produces nutritious food.
- Reduces family food budgets.
- Increases community food production. Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food. Oftentimes gardeners take advantage of the experiential knowledge of elders to produce a significant amount of food for the household.
- Provides opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connection.
- Creates stewards of the land.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217.786.4993.
A high tunnel research project conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension developed five videos to demonstrate winter high tunnel production. The project, funded by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, also provided workshops and information to increase the availability of local produce year-round. The videos cover topics for building beds, planting, growing, pest management, and harvesting.