NeighborSpace Year in Review: 6062Trees

What makes your block into a neighborhood?

For some of the Chicagoans living in Little Village, the Chicago community with the least amount of green space, it’s 6062Trees: Sembrando Bajo el Sol, or “sowing in the sun.”

Since 2008, under the leadership of Enlace, this space has been transformed from a concrete lot into a flourishing allotment garden, so each garden bed is cared for by a family, individual or organization. The beds, trees, perennials, shed, and water barrels were installed this year, and more beds will be built in order to respond to demand from residents. The side lot near the beautiful mural, installed by a local artist and a group of Little Village youth, will house a picnic area, a community theater, and a rain garden. This development happened in partnership with MELA, whose members generously donated their time, expertise and resources to make this garden become sustainable.

This cooperative transformation was possible because NeighborSpace preserved this land for the community.

As we draw towards the end of 2012, we hope that you will consider donating to NeighborSpace. Every dollar allows us to fund places like 6062Trees, secure the allotment gardens and urban farms of the future, and help more blocks feel like neighborhoods.