Save the Corner Farm

The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm is a community garden and more: It is a classroom, an outdoor laboratory, an art gallery, and a highly valued community green space, open and free for the neighborhood to enjoy. Our goal is to cultivate a garden and nurture the community.

The Corner Farm began life in 2008 when a small group of Logan Square neighbors looked at a long-vacant  lot and envisioned a community space  where they could explore urban agriculture and artistic expression. In 2009, we partnered with Christopher House, a network of schools for low-income families, to provide outdoor learning and play space as well as fresh produce for the children and families of their Logan Square Campus. Since then, the Corner Farm has grown into a vital community space that invites volunteers and brings neighbors  together.

We now need your help to keep the garden going.

Our property owner has been approached by developers offering $900,000 for the land where our garden grows. We have just two weeks left to raise the funds to match their offer and save the Corner Farm.

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

We are approaching this challenge with a spirit of hope. If we can buy the Corner Farm, we can make it a permanent part of the neighborhood. We can even expand it and turn it into the amazing place we've always wanted it to be. You can help make this dream come true. 

If we are ultimately unable to purchase the land where our garden currently grows, your donation will help us start over in a new home. If you are interested in making a pledge that will ONLY go towards preserving the Corner Farm in its current location, please reach out to us via email.  Also, if you are interested in making a major donation to help purchase the garden's current home, please email us about conservation tax credits that may be available. Donations will be processed by NeighborSpace, a 501(c)(3) community land trust. In addition, if we are able to raise enough funds to purchase the garden, NeighborSpace will become the garden's permanent owner, ensuring its preservation for the long term. 

Every dollar counts towards this effort, and we will be incredibly grateful for your support.
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