Learning Gardens

E2L’s original Learning Garden at 7029-35 S. Princeton Avenue occupies two vacant lots where frame houses from the late 1800s once stood on 10,660 square feet or almost ¼ acre. We began the Garden with community volunteers and Yale Elementary School students in 2011. (Click on THIS LINK to see a version of a design for the overall Garden space.)

In 2014, with the help of volunteers from the neighborhood and beyond, the Princeton Garden grew a ton of greens, tomatoes, summer squash, and peppers. Some of that food went home with volunteers and neighbors, and the rest went to the Vincennes Senior Center and the Maria Shelter, programs of the Institute of Women Today at 7315 S Yale, a few blocks from the Garden.

In early July 2015, we starting the Vincennes Learning Garden at 7310 S. Vincennes Avenue on land owned by IWT, to grow more food for their seniors and shelter residents, and neighbors nearby.

The Gardens show neighbors and visitors how to grow food organically and intensively in a small space like a city lot or backyard. Crops include annual vegetables and herbs, as well as perennials like berries. The Gardens integrate landscape plants that offer food and shelter for beneficial insects and pollinators, enriching the neighborhood ecosystem.

Please join us in the “Prin” and “Vin” Gardens to Learn&Grow! Weather permitting, we’re out there to plant, weed, water, and harvest from late May through late September:

  • Princeton on Tues 9AM-12PM and Thurs 3-6PM
  • Vincennes on Tues 3-5PM and Thurs 10AM-12PM

Check our Calendar for updates and special events. Schedule ahead if you want to try to bring a group. Contact Martha at 773-344-7198 to leave a voicemail or email martha AT learngrowconnect.org.

Yellow squash, Zucchini, Basil, Tomatillos were the earliest crops
Yellow squash, Zucchini, Basil, Tomatillos were the earliest crops
Every bed is planted to produce the most crops.
Every bed is planted to produce the most crops.
Kale greens
Kale greens
Greens: Swiss chard, mustard, turnips, and beets
Greens: Swiss chard, mustard, turnips, and beets
Cucumber growing on its vine
Cucumber growing on its vine
Basil
Basil
Green beans are ready for picking
Green beans are ready for picking
Yellow beans
Yellow beans
What's a garden without.... tomatoes!
What’s a garden without…. tomatoes!
Bell Peppers and Calendula (Marigold) flowers
Bell Peppers and Calendula (Marigold) flowers
The corn we planted didn't produce and ears, just tall stalks that we used for fall decorations
The corn we planted didn’t produce and ears, just tall stalks that we used for fall decorations
Red, White, and Purple potatoes
Red, White, and Purple potatoes
Okra
Okra
Zucchini s grow huge. This one is almost 2 feet. This one made 9 loaves of delicious zucchini bread.
Zucchini s grow huge. This one is almost 2 feet. This one made 9 loaves of delicious zucchini bread.
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