Cunningham Township is working with the library, parks, schools, community gardens and community partners to launch Solidarity Gardens CU. By providing seeds, tools, knowledge, and redistribution, we wish to address current and worsening food insecurity by amplifying the initiatives local residents to grow food for themselves as well as our neighbors in need. Individuals and organizations are encouraged and empowered to plant gardens throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and donate land, garden supplies, and expertise.
With help from the broader community, Solidarity Gardens CU will be offering free seeds, seedlings, tools, soil, containers, miscellaneous supplies, gardening expertise, and educational resources to any interested party in the Champaign-Urbana area. Produce grown in gardens may be used by the owner for their own food needs and/or distributed to community members who are facing economic and food access challenges through a Solidarity Gardens CU distribution network. Participants will receive a Solidarity Garden yard sign, donated by Cunningham Township, to acknowledge their effort.
Volunteers are also needed to plant seeds and take care of plots donated by the Urbana Park District, Champaign Park District, McKinley Foundation, and Channing-Murray Foundation. Request your plot now
Have space for a garden?
Want to help someone else with raising food?
Have extra produce to donate?
We have a flat bed trailer set up at Sola Gratia Farm (2200 S. Philo Rd.) for donated garden supplies. We are looking for the following items in good working condition: hand tools(trowels, clippers,etc), spades, rakes, hoes, hoses, sprayers, fencing, t-posts, tomato cages, trellising, sturdy plastic or ceraminc containers and buckets. Some of these items will be deployed to garden plots at Meadowbrook, Victory and Dodds plots that will be grown for donating produce and some will be housed in a tool sharing shed. Containers and buckets will be planted with tomatoes, peppers, greens, etc and shared with those wanting to grow food but without yards to do so.
You can also support this effort financially with a donation:
The Solidarity Gardens CU partners include Cunningham Township, Channing Murray Foundation, Urbana Free Library, Sola Gratia Farm, Carle, University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois School of Social Work, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Four Osprey/Champaign-Urbana City Farms, Urbana Park District, Champaign Park District, Urbana School District, McKinley Foundation, First Followers/City of Urbana, and Lierman Community Gardens.