Community Gardens


The mission of the Park Forest Community Garden Program is to engage community members in the transformation of land into productive garden spaces while improving the overall quality of life for all residents through neighborhood beautification, community building, and greater access to affordable, nutritious, locally-produced foods.

A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people. The Village of Park Forest has a long history of community gardens going back to an allotment-style garden with 352 individual plots started in 1979. The program was very successful in bringing members of the community together to grow their own food, and continued through the 1992 growing season. The current Park Forest Community Garden Program aims to revive the tradition of gardening together and growing food within the community.

To learn more about the Park Forest Community Garden Program and how you can be involved, download an application packet.

For helpful tips on starting and maintaining a community garden, check out the resource guide.

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