Community Garden of Fox Lake
The Fox Lake Community Garden is open to any resident of Grant Township and Fox Lake. The Village will provide basic services such as the garden site, water, initial tillage, basic gardening tools. To protect public health, animals and the environment, all gardens will adhere to basic organic gardening methods (no dangerous pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers).
The mission of the Fox Lake Community Garden is to assist residents, neighborhoods and community organizations in the creation, operation and maintenance of community gardens, to:
- Increase opportunities for healthful outdoor recreation, practical education and positive social interactions
- Improve public nutrition and the neighborhood environment;
- Build community self-reliance and sustainability;
- Donate fruits and vegetables to local food pantries and those in need.
A Community Garden is a neighborhood green space set aside for local residents to grow their own fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Community gardening revitalizes neighborhoods, promotes social and economic self-empowerment and can serve as the basis for new local entrepreneurship, or “microenterprises” such as a Farmer’s Market. Community gardening is also widely recognized for its significant therapeutic value for a variety of conditions. Perhaps most important in today’s increasingly hurried and urbanized environment, community gardens are places where people can share their love of nature and growing their own food.