Woodlawn residents worry they’ll face food desert if community garden closes

CHICAGO — A group of Woodlawn gardeners say their South Side community could become a food desert if a popular community garden closes.

The garden near 65th Street and Woodlawn Avenue is home to 200 plots that yield enough organic produce for 300 homes, WGN's Andrea Darlas reports. An estimated two tons of food is donated to local food pantries.

First Presbyterian Church, which owns the land, recently told gardeners the plots could soon close.

Now, locals are trying to save their gardens with a Change.org petition.

A pastor with the church said she is currently focused on the upcoming Easter holiday — and would address the possible garden closure in coming weeks.