World War II Program Provides Inspiration for New Effort
Wanted: gardeners throughout Champaign-Urbana – from beginners to the most expert.
Why: to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity by using our area’s most incredible natural asset: its rich soil, that can grow a bounty of produce this summer that will feed residents in need throughout the community.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged and empowered to
plant gardens throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and donate use of land, garden supplies, and expertise through a newly launched initiative, called Solidarity Gardens CU, which aims to address food disruptions
and insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Modeled after the WWII-era Victory Gardens, Solidarity Gardens is being launched on June 3 by a network of organizations and individuals throughout the Champaign-Urbana area.
Solidarity Gardens CU is offering free seeds, seedlings, tools, soil, containers, miscellaneous supplies, gardening expertise, and educational resources to any interested party in the Champaign-Urbana area. It’s also looking for groups to adopt garden plots donated by the Urbana Park District and Champaign Park District.
As the produce starts to bear fruit, Solitary Gardens CU will then collect, process, and redistribute donated produce to community members who are facing economic and food access challenges through the
Solidarity Gardens CU Distribution Network.
Participants will receive a Solidarity Garden yard sign,
donated by Cunningham Township, to acknowledge their effort.
TO GET INVOLVED: Visit www.solidarity-gardens-cu.org where you can indicate your interest in participating: garden, offer expertise, donate use of land, containers, etc.).
There, participants can also request resources such as tilling, tools, soil, seeds, misc. supplies, expertise, and more.
Instructions regarding pickup and delivery will be sent to individuals following registration via the website.
Don’t have the time or energy to garden but what to support the cause? Donations may be made at http://donate.solidarity-gardens-cu.org.
The following pickup locations will be open to individuals interested in gardening, while supplies last:
Mondays and Wednesday from 1 to 4:30p
Fridays from 8a to 10:30a
205 West Green Street, Urbana
Sola Gratia Pay-What-You-Can Market (along with CU Public Health Mobile Services)
Every Friday from 1p to 3p (beginning June 5)
Cornerstone Fellowship, 1101 E. Colorado Ave, Urbana
Carle Mobile Health Clinic
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (beginning June 9)
Various Locations (see schedule here).
Tuesday, June 9 from 8a to noon
Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1601 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign
Wednesday, June 10 from 9a to 4p
Salt & Light, 1819 Philo Road, Urbana
Thursday, June 11 from 9a to 4p
Illinois Worknet Building, 1307 N. Mattis Avenue, Champaign
The Solidarity Gardens CU partners include Cunningham Township, Channing Murray Foundation, Sola Gratia Farm, Carle, Urbana Free Library, 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, Cu Public Health District, McKinley
Foundation, First Followers, City of Urbana, and Lierman Community Gardens.
For more information and to become involved, visit http://www.solidarity-gardens-cu.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 847.306.9442.