Community Gardens
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Through partnerships with area gardening organizations and community groups in Elgin, the list of community gardens is ”growing” throughout our neighborhoods. Whether you are a master gardener willing to become a team leader, or you just want to help pull weeds for a day, your participation is encouraged. It’s a great way to meet fellow gardeners, learn more about it, and help grow food for local pantries and shelters. 

Community Garden Site Managers
Community garden site managers take responsibility for recruiting and coordinating volunteers, teaching basic gardening skills, keeping plants healthy and presentable, and ensuring the harvest goes to the hungry. The job requires weekly work primarily Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. If you have experience with your own vegetable garden or are a master gardener, this job is perfect for you. Training is free. Physical mobility is required and you must be able to easily lift 20 pounds.

Community Garden Volunteers
The Elgin Community Garden Network is seeking volunteers who can do any or all of the following:
  • Keep records
  • Manage composting at any site or throughout Elgin
  • Obtain grant funding
  • Plant seeds
  • Publicize events
  • Release ladybugs
  • Speak Spanish
  • Tend one or more crops (your choice)
  • Update our website
  • Weed and water
  • Work with children
  • Work with diverse groups

All are welcome! This is a great group volunteer opportunity for all ages, any day of the week.

For more information about volunteering at one of the many city Community Gardens contact: John Bordsen at

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Other Opportunities

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