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Our Own Green Goodness Oasis

Ever wonder what’s behind that beautiful hand-crafted cedar fence along the Green Bay Trail next to Phil Thomas Park? Next time you go by, please open the gate. You’ll find a fabulous green oasis where North Shore community members gather to harvest, plant, experiment with innovative gardening and composting techniques, learn and share ideas, and have fun working together. The Greenhouse functions as a growing laboratory where three unique hydroponic systems are thriving. Powered by solar energy and irrigated with rain, any of these systems can by duplicated in your own home. Come be part of it! With the slogan “we grow it, we give it away and compost the rest”, the Glencoe Community Garden is an openhearted place for everyone to join!

Now through October is a great time to help in the Garden - the harvests are the biggest, the compost chopping is in full swing and the soil weeding and turning is a must. Bring your group (scouts, advisories, clubs), get your community service hours (confirmation, bar/bat mitzvahs) and/or have a family and friends service outing. Contact the GCG to arrange your own special day and time to come help at

Regularly scheduled Harvests are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 am and Saturday mornings, 10:00 am to noon with Composting on Sunday mornings, 10:00 am to Noon. Be sure to mark your calendars for GCG’s Farm Fit Clean-up Day on October 21st at 10:00 am.

The Garden partners with social service agencies throughout the city and suburbs to supply fresh food to people in need. This year’s crop should total nearly 4,000 pounds and at least 1,000 gallons of our community’s kitchen scraps will be saved from landfill! Don’t miss the chance to see all that Glencoe has to offer at the GCG while it is in full bloom.

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