ABOUT PETERSON GARDEN PROJECT
Peterson Garden Project is a not-for-profit organization, and we're looking to inspire everyone we meet to grown their own food and community. If you love the taste of a homegrown tomato, are curious about growing food yourself, and would like to make urban gardening the norm, not the exception — then we're looking for you!

It's true that most people today don't know how to grow food, but it's a challenge we've met before. During WWII Chicagoans started 1,500 commnunity gardens, known as Victory Gardens. And more than 250,000 people started home gardens, too. They did it all in four short years, and 90% of the people had never gardened before.

We just know that there is a better way to eat, a better way to garden, and a better way to sustain our natural resources.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Tempted you with thoughts of mouth-watering food and connections to your neighbors and community? We certainly hope so. Whether you want to roll up your sleeves and garden, volunteer, donate or learn, we'd just love to show you what we're doing and why we think you'll love it, too.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
LaManda Joy
  • Founder + President
  • Master Gardener
  • Square Foot Gardening Instructor
  • lamanda@petersongarden.org
Maribeth Brewer
  • Community Relations
  • Square Foot Gardening Instructor
  • maribeth@petersongarden.org
Patrick Ewing
  • Creative Direction
  • matrick@petersongarden.org
Breanne Heath
  • Program Manager
  • breanne@petersongarden.org
Mark Kanazawa
  • Creative Direction
  • matrick@petersongarden.org
Alexandra Nelson
  • Development
  • Master Gardener
  • Square Foot Gardening Instructor
  • xan@petersongarden.org
Lester Palmiano
  • Business Manager
  • les@petersongarden.org
Leah Ray
  • Public Relations
  • Square Foot Gardening Instructor
  • leah@petersongarden.org
Lindsay Shepherd
  • Program Coordinator
  • lindsay@petersongarden.org
PGP QUICK FACTS
8
gardens
1039
plots
800
volunteers
3,636
gardeners