Old Schoolhouse Community Garden
4733 Cermak Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Old Schoolhouse Community Garden is a Ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church
2317 S. Wolf Road Hillside, IL 60162
Our MissionOur mission is to connect the community, growing relationships and nutritious food through sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly practices.
Our Story160 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 about 10 acres of field that is owned by Immanuel Lutheran Church.
In spring of 2016, a group of parents, teachers and community friends with the cooperation of Immanuel and the Village of Hillside, began the planting of a community garden in the north field of the the unused land.
Garden with UsSend 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 neighborhood,fosters positive social interaction within the community, produces nutritious food, beautifies the neighborhood, provides opportunities to grow and donate food to local food pantries, provides youth gardening, and educational programs / workshops teaching principles of permaculture, organic gardening, herbal product making, canning, woodworking, garden walks/talks and more!