Our mission is to connect the community, growing relationships and nutritious food through sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly practices.
160 years ago, the land surrounding Cermak and Wolf in the Hillside / Westchester community was a 40 acre farm. The area was developed and all that remains of that farm is the Save the Prairie Society and 12 acres of field that is owned by Immanuel Lutheran Church. In spring of 2016, a group of parents, teachers and community friends with the blessing of Immanuel began the planting of a community garden. Today there are over 24 beds, a greenhouse and fruit tree orchard.
Garden with Us
Send completed application and check to Old Schoolhouse Community Garden
C/O Immanuel Lutheran Church
2329 S. Wolf
Hillside, IL 60162
Why Community Gardens?
Community gardens improve the quality of life for gardeners, reduce crime, preserve green space, stimulate social interaction and community development, encourage self-reliance and beautify neighborhoods while providing nutritious food and reducing family food budgets as well as creating new recreational and education opportunities outdoors.
What do we do?
The Old School House Community Garden:
offers plots to neighbors within the Hillside & Westchester community fostering positive social interaction, producing nutritious food for the Westchester Food Pantry and providing educational opportunities through the Old Schoolhouse.
Classes and Workshops
Canning Classes, Permaculture Courses
Herbal Workshops and more - Click on calendar for events.
From garden curriculum at Immanuel, to a fruit orchard, bees and raised beds growing food for food pantries, the garden is growing!
Sponsors, Supporters and Community Partners