Dunning Community Gardens is a unique, 25,000-square-foot garden in Chicago consisting of three areas: the northwest corner is a charity garden, the northeast corner and south end are tended by Bhutanese refugees affiliated with the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm, and the middle section is a community garden with raised 4×8-foot beds that are leased by individual gardeners to raise food for themselves.
In 2012, a few neighbors in the Dunning neighborhood gathered to discuss the possibility of starting and maintaining a community garden in some nearby vacant property owned by the city of Chicago. Luckily, the Environmental Biology Department at neighboring Wilbur Wright College already had a small garden on this spot and was willing to have the community join them. Alderman Tim Cullerton gave his support readily and helped get the ball rolling. In the spring of 2013, 20 bed frames were built and leased to neighbors. During the next three years, a shed, shelter, patio, benches, fence, and 30 additional bed frames were added, encompassing a total space of 25,000 square feet. In 2014, farmers from the Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm joined Dunning Community Gardens to grow vegetables for their families. More individual beds have been added in recent years, to now more than 75 total.
The fee for returning gardeners is $30 per plot ($25 for those 60 years old and older). To add a second, new plot, use new gardeners' price.
Renew 2 plots: $60
Renew 2 plots, Seniors: $50
Renew 1 plot: $30
Renew 1 plots Seniors: $25
Renew 1 plot, add 1 new plot: $90
Renew 1 plot, add 1 new plot Seniors: $80
New gardeners should contact us first to inquire about availability. New gardeners may register for one plot the first year. The new garden fee is $60 ($55 for gardeners 60 years old and older). After their first season, gardeners may request a second plot.
New Gardener, 1 plot: $60
New Gardener Seniors, 1 plot: $50
Please contact us with any questions or to be added to our prospective gardener list for new plots at: email@example.com. Also join our facebook page for updates: @DunningCommunityGarden.
A Note About Your Donation
Your donation, earmarked for Dunning Community Gardens, will appear on your bank or credit card statement as a charge from NeighhborSpace, the non-profit land trust that protects over 100 community gardens across Chicago. All donations to this page will go directly to the Dunning Community Gardens fiscal account and it is through NeighborSpace's non-profit status and fiscal agency that Dunning Community Gardens will be able to use your tax-deductible donation.