Westhaven Community Garden
The near west side is a sea of parking lots with very little green space. This lack of greenery frustrated NDN Co-Executive Director Amy Knapp so she decided to do something about it. Working with the city and the developer who owns the land, she started the Westhaven Community Garden as a way to teach kids about where food comes from and as a way to provide people in the community with a source of free, healthy vegetables. The garden has 25 raised beds that grow tomatoes, peppers, greens, celery and other vegetables. The one rule at the garden that is mandatory is that if you help to plant and take care of the garden, you are allowed to harvest whatever you want. It has been an amazing thing to watch kids and adults alike grow and eat their own vegetables. The garden has received financial support from the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and Brinshore Development.