The 62nd Garden was founded in 2010 by NeighborSpace, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to serving community gardens by providing maintenance, supplies and general support. Originally, the 62nd Garden was a few blocks north of its current location at 62nd and Dorchester. However, when the University of Chicago claimed ownership of its land, they were forced to move further south. Membership consists of about 100 people, with a mix of people affiliated with the University of Chiago, and people who live in the area, especially in the numerous apartment complexes surrounding the garden. There is a long waiting list, which gives priority to Woodlawn residents. This year, a new extension was created across the street, accommodating many gardeners previously remaining on the wait list.
62nd participates in The White Rock Gleaning program, which harvests excess produce from participating gardeners, who leave a white-painted brick in their plot to be donated to food pantries. The program sends people to glean from the gardens regularly, collecting at the most 10% of a plot’s produce. The 62nd Garden sends its fruits and vegetables to a food kitchen on the West Side.
Keith, Quinton. Interview. 19 May 2016
Meyers, Paul. Interview. 19 May 2016
For more information about Neighborspace, visit http://neighbor-space.org/. For the White Rock Gleaning Program, visit http://neighbor-space.org/2012/11/19/share-the-harvest/