Chicago Botanic Garden

Education

Windy City Harvest
Kraft Foods Garden

This three-season garden provides career education and training as well as fresh produce for people who need it most. Covering 8,000 square feet at the Kraft Foods global headquarters in Northfield, Illinois, the site thrives under the management of the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program.

The Kraft Foods Garden opened in June 2011 after being designed and installed by participants in Windy City Harvest. It uses organic production techniques, recycled materials, and low carbon footprint practices, such as composting garden waste

Kraft Garden staff members are participants in the Windy City Harvest certificate program and graduates of the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center, an alternative sentencing program run by the Cook County Sherriff's Office.

In one year, the corporate campus post-release crew can harvest an estimated 14,000 pounds of produce, the equivalent to 28,000 meals. The fresh produce is sold at farmers' markets and donated to local food pantries. It includes cabbage, beets, basil, corn, peas, kale, onions, carrots, squash, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and melon.

This unique partnership enables Kraft to enhance its sustainability mission, while it allows the Garden to serve diverse audiences.

 

For additional information contact Angela Mason, director of community gardening, at , or by calling (847) 835-6970.