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Ujima Community Garden: Collective Work & Responsiblity

The West Humboldt Park Ujima Community Garden has a fair share of volunteer support from community partners and residents to help the garden flourish. The word ‘Ujima’ originates from Kwanzaa, meaning collective work and responsibility. Once a vacant lot full of contaminated soil, it has transformed into a beautiful garden, thanks to the many partners and residents who have contributed to its development. Recent activities and events in the Ujima Community Garden demonstrate collective work and responsibility.

 

On April 12, Exelon Corporation, Gary Comer Youth Center and West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) provided staff and youth to volunteer in the garden for a spring clean-up. Earth Day took place in the garden on April 22 and partners included Northwestern Medicine, Alderman of the 27th Ward, West Humboldt Neighborhood Housing Services, and community residents. Nia Family Center youth also participated in the garden by painting art on existing raised plant beds. They will return to the garden to learn about plant growth and healthy eating.

 

On May 2, WHPDC hosted a community site visit as part of the Community Campus Partnerships for Health International Conference. A total of 15 conference participants attended the community site visit and learned about Healthy Community Initiative programs and partnerships. They also participated in fun interactive activities in the community garden at the end of their visit.

 

Depaul University students visited the garden on May 3 to spread woodchips and pull weeds in the garden. Shortly after, Build On volunteered in the garden to plant vegetables and spread soil. Garden members also attended the 'Spice it Up' Healthy Cooking Class and taught over 20 community residents how to plant vegetable seeds and maintain plants once they grow. 

 

For more information about the Ujima Community Garden, please contact the Garden Manager Nita Hailey-Gamble at (773) 960-9115 or email her at c.hailey-gamble@att.net. The garden is located at 549 North Central Park Avenue. Friends of the Parks and Openlands supports activities and events in the Ujima Community Garden.

April Showers Bring Volunteers and May Flowers at Ujima Community Garden

The West Humboldt Park Ujima Community Garden has a fair share of volunteer support from community partners and residents to help the garden flourish. The word ‘Ujima’ originates from Kwanzaa, meaning collective work and responsibility. Once a vacant lot full of contaminated soil, it has transformed into a beautiful garden, thanks to the many partners and residents who have contributed to its development. Recent activities and events in the Ujima Community Garden demonstrate collective work and responsibility.