Community Garden

The Community Garden serves as an outdoor classroom where community members cultivate fresh produce, build relationships, and work to make our food system more sustainable.

The UIS Campus Community Garden provides hands-on learning opportunities for UIS students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the surrounding community. The garden demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and “leadership lived.” This is an outdoor classroom where community members teach one another, share gardening tips and secrets, and build lasting relationships.

Full Length Garden

We also host barbecues, social events, and weekly workdays during the gardening season. All of our fresh, healthy produce goes home with our volunteers or garden visitors.

  • View a short Leadership Lived interview video with Daniel Rodriguez, one of our former UIS Student Garden Coordinators.
  • Read Chancellor Koch’s State Journal Register newspaper column describing the ways that the garden contributes to our campus and community.
  • COVID-19 Update: The garden is open to visitors and volunteers. However, all must practice appropriate social distancing and follow all regulations established by the authorities. As of June 14, 2021, masks are no longer required for garden volunteers, but we ask that you still remain at least six feet apart. Please don’t visit the garden if you are feeling unwell.  Thank you for helping us keep everyone healthy and safe!