lvejo Community Garden

The Semillas de Justicia garden is located on 2727 S. Troy; this 1.5 acres garden began five years ago, when it was brought to LVEJO’s attention of a strong oil smell emanating from the site. It was then discovered that the fenceless site was being used to deposit leftover oil barrels. LVEJO organized with Troy street neighbors to demand that this site be cleaned up and transformed into a community garden. As a result of this struggle, and with gardening being a strong activity in the community, Troy garden now blooms with a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and flowers for the enjoyment of the community. Our garden serves as a hub for intergenerational exchanges of organic food-growth practices taught by, with and for Little Village residents. Semillas de Justicia is now home to free community weekly dinners, bike repair workshops, and art classes for children in the summer; a Fall Harvest Fest, and several educational workshops on sustainability and climate adaptation throughout the year. Semillas de Justicia stands as a great example of community efforts to redevelop brownfields, and uplift green open spaces in Little Village and Chicago in general.