Solidarity Gardens was launched in June of 2020 by Cunningham Township in collaboration with Sola Gratia Farm, Channing Murray Foundation, Urbana Free Library, Urbana Park District, and other community partners. By providing seeds, tools, knowledge, and redistribution, we intended to address current and worsening food insecurity by supporting local residents in growing food for themselves as well as our neighbors in need. We encouraged individuals and organizations to work with us to create gardens throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and to donate seeds, garden supplies, and expertise.
In the first season, we were able to:
- put approximately 1,000 sqft of community garden space under production;
- distribute over 1,200 starts and packets of seeds to gardeners in order to grow food for the hungry; and
- grow approximately 600 lbs of produce and bring it to families in need in CU.
In the 2021 season, we intend to:
- reorganize our garden volunteer system for greater volunteer fulfillment and garden success
- set up perennial gardens with teams of dedicated volunteers for greater garden productivity
- explore ways to process and package some of our produce for easier use by those we serve, and
- better highlight the producers that make our local food community so strong.
Interested in getting involved? VOLUNTEER NOW
You can also help support us with a financial donation: DONATE NOW
Curious about the resources we can help provide? LEARN ABOUT GARDENING
Solidarity Gardens is a project of Cunningham Township, Channing Murray Foundation, Sola Gratia Farm, the Urbana Free Library, and the Urbana Park District. Other partners include 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.
For more information about our team, check out the “Our Team” page!