Community-Managed Open Space


NeighborSpace is the only nonprofit urban land trust in Chicago that preserves and sustains gardens on behalf of dedicated community groups. We support community gardens – through property ownership, insurance, water, stewardship, education, tool lending, project planning, fundraising support, troubleshooting, and more — so that community groups can focus on gardening and on their community-building vision, generating food, beauty, play, health, and safety for their neighborhoods.


Become a TreeKeeper with Openlands

Openlands’ popular TreeKeeper certification course starts June 1st. Take your landscaping skills to the next level: The TreeKeepers Program is an 8-day course taught by nationally and world-renowned experts, focused on managing and reducing the threats to forest health. Topics covered include tree physiology and soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and… Read more Become a TreeKeeper with Openlands

Build Community at Your Garden with NEEF Event Grants due June 5th

Do you host community-building events at your NeighborSpace communtiy garden? The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is offering grants for community event hosting. NeighborSpace community gardens are eligible to apply for the grant (which is due June 5th) using NeighborSpace as a fiscal agent. Learn more about the grant here, and email NeighborSpace Development CoordinatorJoe Zarrow with… Read more Build Community at Your Garden with NEEF Event Grants due June 5th

Olive’s Garden Fundraiser

Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is having a fundraiser on April 1st. Come out on Saturday, April 1st, from 3:00 to 6:00 at Rabbits Bar and Grill (4945 West Foster Avenue, at the corner of Foster and Elston) and help Olives Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry grow fresh food for neighbors who have fallen… Read more Olive’s Garden Fundraiser