This year, our donation campaign is centered around our space of healing. We are looking to expand at the Semillas de Justicia community garden by including a bilingual children’s gardening program and to construct a roof. We need your support! YOU can help make a difference.

The Semillas de Justicia garden is located on 2727 S. Troy; this 1.5-acre garden began five years ago, when it was brought to the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization’s (LVEJO) attention of a strong oil smell emanating from the site. It was then discovered that the fence-less 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.

Semillas de Justicia is 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. In order to continue community building in our garden, we need your help!

A roof structure in the central area of our garden would provide shelter and relieve gardeners from long days working in the sun. It will also allow us to expand our programming.

Your donation of $10, $20, $50, $100, $1,000 or whatever amount you can give can change the lives of many LVEJO’s community members as we fight for environmental justice in our garden. Would you consider donating today and make a difference? Donate securely online by clicking HERE.