Join us in one of our Pop-up Victory Gardens to learn how to grow your own healthy, organic food. The gardens may come and go, but the knowledge you gain will last a lifetime.

Our Mission

Peterson Garden Project is a 501c3 Chicago-based nonprofit whose mission is to recruit, educate and inspire everyone (seriously) to grow and cook their own food. We change lives, families and communities in the process.

Becoming a Member

People interested in gardening with Peterson Garden Project do not need any prior gardening experience. The mission of the project is to teach people how to grow their own food, so we’re looking to recruit ‘grewbies’—our term for people new to growing food – as well as experienced gardeners.

Membership is $85 and includes in-garden classes and other learning support, events, some supplies, shared tools, and one 4×8 raised bed filled with organic soil.

Existing gardens open Saturday, April 21st and close for the season on Sunday, November 4th, 2018. The opening day at our newest garden, GrowUptown, is being determined.

Want to check things out before you sign up? All are welcome for garden and cooking classes and garden workdays. See our Classes & Events page and Volunteer page for opportunities to participate.

Important note to those interested in GrowUptown: GrowUptown registration is now open! Click below to become a 2018 member. GrowUptown specific orientation is available on May 17th – register here.

How to Sign Up for Garden Membership

New gardener registration is Feb 1 – May 15, 2018.  Please keep in mind – some gardens fill up fast, even within minutes of registration opening. If you want to garden at a specific site, be sure to sign up as soon as registration opens. Your registration is not complete until you attend a mandatory membership meeting/orientation. Instructions for signing up for this are included during the online registration process. GrowUptown specific orientation is available on May 17th as well – you can register here. If you are a returning gardener the new system will not recognize your info, so you will need to complete all requested info.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 2018 GARDEN MEMBERSHIP

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All are welcome at Peterson Garden Project!

The diversity of our members makes the PGP community special. We are committed to keeping our program open and welcoming to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of nationality, age, income, or religion.


What’s a Pop-up Victory Garden?

On the north side of Chicago, empty land is rare (and expensive) so we partner with organizations that let us put in short-term gardens so our members have a place to learn.

When the land is no longer available, the gardens move to a new location so new neighborhoods can learn how to grow their own food!

This method allows us to focus on long-term gardeners vs. long-term gardens.

Pop-up Victory Gardens are just one element in our educational portfolio. Click here to learn more!

Our Gardens

EDIBLE TREASURES (Workplace Garden)

At the Field Museum of Natural History

Location
SouthLoop, 2nd Ward

Partnership
Field Museum of Chicago, Seed Savers Exchange, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Kemora Landscape Design, Cook Economic Development Association, Jewel Catering


GLOBAL GARDEN

Lawrence/Sacramento

Location
Albany Park, 33rd Ward

Partnership
Alderman Deb Mell, North River Commission, Global Gardens Urban Refugee Training Farm, NeighborSpace

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to Lincoln Square Friendship Center and First Slice

 

GROW UPTOWN – New 2018
Broadway/Sunnyside

Location
Uptown, 46th Ward

Partnership
Alderman James Cappelman, Morningside, Uptown United, Uplift High School, Heartland Health Center, NeighborSpace

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to Inspiration Cafe

 

HELLO! HOWARD GARDEN
Howard/Ashland

Location
Rogers Park, 49th Ward

Partnership
Alderman Joe Moore, 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

Location
Arcadia Terrace, 40th Ward

Partnership
Alderman Patrick O’Connor

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to Inspiration Cafe

 

NEIU GROUND
On the NEIU Campus

Location
North Park, 39th Ward

Partnership
Alderman Margaret Laurino, NEIU

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to The Friendship Center


SWEDISH COVENANT GARDEN

Carmen/California

Location
North Park, 40th Ward

Partnership
Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Swedish Covenant Hospital

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to First Slice

 

VEDGEWATER
Broadway/Rosemont

Location
Edgewater, 48th Ward

Partnership
Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Loyola Lakeshore Campus

Grow2Give™
Produce donated to Care for Real

More gardening classes

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Upcoming Events

Sat 26

May All Gardens Work Day

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 30

GrowUptown Garden Build

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jun 02

GrowUptown Garden Build Day

June 2 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm