Roots Community Garden

Roots Garden is POC client community garden. Our goal is to provide POC clients with healthy foods and in the process build a stronger, connected community. Our journey began with an idea from a retired battalion fire chief during the cold winter months of early 2012. This idea became a reality during the spring of 2012. Today thanks to the Palatine Opportunity Center clients (POC), the Palatine Fire Dept. Benevolence Fund, the Palatine Park District, Village of Palatine, IL., Northwest Community Healthcare, Cook County Farm Bureau, Prince of Peace Church, ROLE, Rotary Club, Kitchen Gardeners, Herman's Garden, School District 15, Ware Landscaping, Thrive Vineyard Church, Verizon Wireless and the many friends of the POC that stop by with garden goodies, Roots Garden is under way. Join us on our journey as we learn to garden and learn to grow our Roots as a community. Roots Community Garden

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We are right in the middle of it….. growing season!

And, what a wonderful growing season it will be!! We have formed new partnerships with Northwest Community Healthcare, Ware Landscaping and Thrive Vineyard Church. Together with our partner agencies from the previous year, we will be able to bring healthy produce to the tables of many underserved, low income families in our area. 

Other exciting things at the garden:

Our opening day, as mentioned is on May 18th. We are thankful for Ware Landscaping in helping us till and mulch the area, and to Thrive Vineyard Church who is providing lunch and craft time for the children so that parents can help plant. Thank you to our many other generous partners who help with plants, financial support, tools, seeds, the green house and so much more! Without you, this garden would not be possible. 

Tiny Philanthropists:

We received a special visit from Virginia Lake Kindergartners and their wonderful teacher. The kindergartners donated plants that they grew from seeds. Their mandate to us as they left cheerful and giggling : “take good care of our little plants”. We will little green thumbs, we promise we will. Thank you for sharing your plants with our community. 

We will soon be on the map at Little Free Library.  We have been working diligently to finish our Little Free Library for our opening day: May 18th. If you have not heard of the Little Free Library, stop in and check out their website. Not only are the little libraries cute, they open the doors to adventures for both young and old. Because after all, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Cicero

Keep those thumbs green and those hands dirty!


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