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.
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.
Important note to those interested in GrowUptown: GrowUptown registration is now open! Click below to become a 2018 member.
How to Sign Up for Garden Membership
New gardener registration is Feb 1 – May 1, 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. If you are a returning gardener the new system will not recognize your info, so you will need to complete all requested info.
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!
EDIBLE TREASURES (Workplace Garden)
At the Field Museum of Natural History
SouthLoop, 2nd Ward
Field Museum of Chicago, Seed Savers Exchange, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Kemora Landscape Design, Cook Economic Development Association, Jewel Catering
Albany Park, 33rd Ward
Alderman Deb Mell, North River Commission, Global Gardens Urban Refugee Training Farm, NeighborSpace
Produce donated to Lincoln Square Friendship Center and First Slice
GROW UPTOWN – New 2018
Uptown, 46th Ward
Alderman James Cappelman, Morningside, Uptown United, Uplift High School, Heartland Health Center, NeighborSpace
Produce donated to Inspiration Cafe
HELLO! HOWARD GARDEN
Rogers Park, 49th Ward
Alderman Joe Moore, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Howard Street Service Area #19, Howard Area Community Center
Produce donated to Howard Area Community Center
LAND ON LINCOLN
Arcadia Terrace, 40th Ward
Alderman Patrick O’Connor
Produce donated to Inspiration Cafe
On the NEIU Campus
North Park, 39th Ward
Alderman Margaret Laurino, NEIU
Produce donated to The Friendship Center
SWEDISH COVENANT GARDEN
North Park, 40th Ward
Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Produce donated to First Slice
Edgewater, 48th Ward
Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Loyola Lakeshore Campus
Produce donated to Care for Real