Community Garden Workshops

The Openlands gardener training program consists of a series of workshops that are offered throughout the calendar year with class and field components. Lessons are taught by local experts focused on maintaining community gardens and urban farms in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Current topics include how to organize a community garden, vegetable growing basics, attracting pollinators with native plants, and how to research land ownership in Cook county.

We work with you to plan and organize garden events, and we can offer each workshop in English or in Spanish. For more information or to organize a workshop, please email

Organizing your Community Garden

Join us to learn how to organize all aspects of the garden from recruiting members and gaining supporters to practical ways to self-organize including using apps to keep track of projects. We will also work together to create a design maps for your site. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Veggie Garden Basics

Join us and learn what vegetables grow well in our area even in limited space. Create a plan for growing with the seasons including learning which crops do better from transplants vs direct seeding. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Stewarding Your School Garden

Did you know that across the United States only 40% of school gardens are still being used and maintained two years after they are installed? Come to this workshop and your school can help increase that percentage! We’ll go into the details on how to make sure your school garden gets enough water, the ongoing battle of keeping the garden weed free, and ideas on harvesting vegetables from your garden. CPDUs and garden supplies will be provided.