This winter chill is still in the air, but here at Chicago Cares, we’re already dreaming of spring!

The last few winter months are the perfect time to start planning for the launch of our  many environmental programs. Each winter, we help put gardens to bed across the city. In the spring we get to help bring these beautiful spaces back to life as they continue to sustain thousands of Chicagoans by providing natural green spaces and much-needed food.

Community gardens have many benefits:

  • It’ll help you connect with the community.
  • Help provide fresh food to those in need.
  • More access to healthy and nutritious food.
  • Preserve green space in your neighborhood.
  • You’ll get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air.

If you’ve been daydreaming of warmer days, perhaps this is the time when you should consider starting a community garden in your area! Our friends at Create the Good have put together a comprehensive fact sheet that can help you get started.

Of course you’re always welcome to come and help out at the many conservatories and local gardens that we work with at Chicago Cares. Beginning in March, you’ll see these programs blossom beyond what is offered during the winter, with wonderful opportunities to get outside and help others while enjoying all the beauty that Chicago has to offer!