Glencoe Community Garden

The Glencoe Community Garden is a sustainable, organic-practicing, food producing mini-farm and compost collaborative, established in 2012 by Am Shalom as a service and educational project. Built and cared for by volunteers, the Garden’s mission is altruistic, educational, and exploratory. 

Each season, approximately 3,000 pounds of fresh food is harvested and donated to local social service organizations that share the dream of food security for all and the mindfulness for our environment. With the Garden’s community composting initiative and use of drip irrigation, solar power and rain collection, the 5,000 sq foot area is zero waste to landfill.

GCG offers a myriad of educational, social action and community-building opportunities for individuals and groups in a beautifully accessible space open to all ages and abilities. 

The Garden sends abundant gratitude to Am Shalom, the Village of Glencoe, the Glencoe Park District and our many friends for their continued support of our mission to provide our community with this special place where we can connect, learn, give and reflect.


Compost Country recycles kitchen waste into rich fertilizer and funnels it back into the Garden’s growing beds. All are encouraged to get involved in composting by joining regular volunteer composting days and community drop off hours. 


The Garden is harvested and maintained on a weekly basis from the beginning of June through October.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join in the harvest. 

No experience necessary.



100% of the Garden is built, planted and harvested by volunteers. 100% of GCG's crops are donated to provide food to those in need.

Each season, the Garden partners with social service agencies to distribute the fresh bounty, delivered by volunteer drivers direct from the Garden. By providing fresh, organic foods, we contribute to food security and health education initiatives in the Chicago area.


We have worked with the following agencies for several years and are confident that the Garden's produce is enjoyed fresh and flavorful throughout Chicagoland.


Food Partners

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The Garden’s compost initiative began robustly in 2014 under the leadership of a few creative and inquisitive volunteers who believed in the power of redefining food scraps as a valuable resource.  Healthy soil is the basis of the Garden’s food production.

Save the planet One Bucket at a Time!
Overwhelming participation inspired us to partner with the Village of Glencoe and

Lake Shore Recycling to create a centralized pick-up of your kitchen scraps all year long.
Drop off anytime:

Coffee grounds, Egg shells, 
Veggie and fruit scraps (free of dressings and oils),
Tea bags & Plant clippings 
Please NO: Meat, Fish, Corn cobs/husks, Fruit pits,
Bread, Rice or Paper

on the south side of the Public Works Service Building 
on Temple Court in Glencoe

All are encouraged to get involved in composting!

At least 40% of food in the U.S. goes to landfill or incinerators, where it generates methane,

a major contributor to climate changing greenhouse gases.

Composting allows community members to make gold from trash!


Volunteer & Help

100% of our garden is built, harvested and managed by volunteers. 

Seed. Plant. Harvest. Deliver. Turn Compost. Build. Spread the Word.

All Ages Welcome! Simply Drop-in!

Grow your ideas too!


​Inquire about scheduling a Service Opportunity Day for your school, team, club, community group or business organization. 


Volunteer Summer Harvest and Compost Times:

Tuesday 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Thursday 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM

Contributions are welcome to help maintain the Garden's mission, and may be sent to the GCG Capital Fund c/o Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, IL  60022.


Hydroponics and Vertical Gardens

The Garden is a model for various ways of growing food. 2015 marked the Garden’s first successful hydroponic crop inside the unheated greenhouse. Currently three hydroponic systems produce bountiful harvests of herbs, micro-greens and larger vegetables available for community members to learn from.  


Unique designs for vertical gardening and hydroponic systems are a hallmark of the Garden.  In addition, home hydroponic and vertical systems have been developed for personal use as a means to help support the Garden.

GCG is proud to offer our Vertical Garden Get-Give Program. Get a beautifully handcrafted cedar vertical garden for your own backyard or patio, and GCG will give one to continue our mission of inspiring growing local healthy food in Chicago's food deserts. Inquire here! 


Free Educational Programming

In partnership with the Glencoe Park District, the GCG hosts free seminars and events year-round. The Garden also partners with other groups for community programming, such as the Glencoe Public Library, the Sustainability Task Force and Friends of the Green Bay Trail.  If you or your group has an idea for a great speaker or partnering opportunity, please contact us.


The Power Tower

The newest addition to the Garden is a project called the Power Tower. The 15 foot high tower will demonstrate three alternative energy sources: wind, solar and human power.  A vertical axis wind generator, adjustable solar panels and a stationary bicycle driving hand made generators will be used to power a series of pumps in the hydroponic garden. In addition, the stored energy may also power lighting and a water feature in the Garden’s meditation circle.  The Power Tower will be available for educational programming starting summer of 2018.


What's Happening

Join us for an event or enjoy the quiet space of our Garden anytime. The Garden’s meditation circle was specially designed as a nature enjoying quiet spot.  All are welcome. 

The Glencoe Community Garden partners with the Glencoe Park District to provide FREE educational programs throughout the year.  Please check here for new events and updates.


For more information, click the button to contact the Garden or refer to the Garden’s Facebook page. "Follow Us" on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Volunteer Summer Harvest Times

starting June 1st, 2021:

Tuesday 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Thursday 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Saturday 10:00AM-12:00PM

Drop-ins welcome!  No experience necessary!

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Smash it, Don't Trash it!

Let's GREEN our Halloween by composting your


Saturday, November 6th, 10AM - Noon

Free Family Friendly Event!


Huge thanks to Louis Zaransky (and mom Lynn) one of GCG’s creative and thoughtful young volunteers who crafted, designed and built 2 of them and 1 Kestrel house in hopes of attracting a natural predator for small critters that snack on the Garden’s root crops.
To follow Louis' blog go to:


Please bring your kitchen scraps to the Village drop-off 

location on Temple Court in Glencoe. 

It's an easy drive by and dump!

Please DO NOT dump scraps or anything on the Garden's planting beds!


Glencoe Community Garden

380 Old Green Bay Road

Glencoe, IL


We are located between the Green Bay Trail and the train tracks; right next to Phil Thomas Park in Glencoe.

a sustainable, organic practicing mini farm and compost collaborative

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