New Horizons Garden
The initial vision made reality by Ms. Joan Gerig and youth leaders from First Church of the Brethren continues today, alongside partners from the Chicago Community Gardeners Association and volunteers from around the city and suburbs to grow produce and flowers on a plot of land at S. Central Park and Van Buren. Gardeners share the bounty of our produce with volunteers, neighbors, and local organizations. But perhaps the garden’s most important role is as a place of peace, where people can rest and play surrounded by the beauty of creation. Through special events as well as tending the earth, New Horizons Garden is a place for growing relationships as well as good food.
The garden is coordinated by Ms. Erma Purnell and the Rev. Celeste Grace Groff. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, call or text Celeste at (312) 967-6785.
Primary work times in the garden take place on second Saturdays April through October, weather permitting. (Coordinators cancel in cases of rain, sleet, or snow.)