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M.P.C.G. is an effort by residents of the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago to reclaim and cultivate rare open space in the city.

What We Want To Do:

Merchant Park Community Garden is an effort by residents of the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL to reclaim and transform some rare open land in the city. We would like to use the space to grow vegetables for our families and the families of those less fortunate than ourselves.

We imagine that MPCG could become a space for us to gather, garden, and build a (healthy!) community. We imagine Harvest Potlucks, a Children's Garden, symposiums and presentations by and for our gardeners, and much more. Basically, we imagine a backyard - for all of us.

How We Can Do It:

MPCG has already taken some very important steps to get this project going. We sought and received the support of our local alderman, we performed a soil test to determine lead levels, and have just been officially certified as a GreenCorps Chicago Garden!

But now, we need help. We are currently seeking funding to help us get this garden started. To start the garden we need lumber, fencing, soil, fertilizer, irrigation...and, eventually, seeds and plants! So far we have received a generous donation of recycled plastic lumber to build our beds. With your kind contributions, we will be able to purchase the remaining materials we need to lay the foundation for this community space. Thank you in advance for your support!

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    A special "Thank You!" on our website, a subscription to our online quarterly newsletter, a packet of seeds to start your own garden, a signed hard copy of our Merchant Park Recipe Book, a collection of handmade herbal soaps, and a hand-silk screened canvas shopping bag.

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    All of the above rewards: the "Thank You!" the newsletter, the seeds, the signed hard copy of our recipe book, the soaps, the canvas shopping bag...and your name on a community bench in our garden!

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