F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden
The East Side Health District (ESHD) was established in 1937. Over its history the East Side Health District has been devoted to improving public health and the environment of the residents of Cantten Township, Centreville Township, East St. Louis Township and Stites Township by providing preventive health care throughout our community. The F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden is our latest Program to support ESHD’s mission of wellness promotion in the community.
In partnership with the Arthur M. Jackson Jr. M.D. Healthcare Foundation (AMJHCF), local and state institutions, local universities and citizens, ESHD installed the “F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden”. Our mission is to use this garden to serve as an educational tool for local families and individuals. By creating a sustainable, healthy and readily available community food source, we can better achieve our mission of wellness promotion in the community.
To support the community garden movement by inspiring citizens of the surrounding areas to volunteer in our garden and/or start their own.
To educate people on the health benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables – both for the individual and the environment. Ultimately, we hope this leads to an increased consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables and a decrease in highly processed and fast foods.
To encourage garden participation among children. Numerous studies have shown kids who participate in garden-based activities perform better in academic, social and health-related domains.
We are working to turn our health district into a “Healthy Campus” by turning approximately ½ acre of land that we own from “Weeds to Seeds”.
Participants will be able to learn how to grow, pick, cook and can the produce the garden produces. The ultimate goal for ESHD, AMJHCF and our stakeholders is to teach individuals how to grow vegetables and fruits in “their own backyards” while enjoying the “fruits of their labors”.
Raised & keyhole gardens
Fruit trees & a variety of veggies
Kid’s play area
If you would like to be a part of the F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden – to volunteer or make a donation – please contact East Side Health District at 618-271-8722 ext. 102
We will also be offering a limited number of participants who volunteer at least 2hrs/week their own raised garden beds to plant and harvest vegetables of their choosing.
F.R.E.S.H. Garden Hours
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Specified Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
April 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22
June 12, 26
July 10, 24
August 7, 21
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
November 6, 13
Other times per request
F.R.E.S.H. Farmer’s Market
F.R.E.S.H. Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday June through October from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM East St Louis location, or until produce are all gone.
F.R.E.S.H. Gardening Classes
Gardening 101 (Part I)
April 17, 2021 / 10 AM / Fee: $10
Garden Pest Control
April 24, 2021 / 10 AM / Free
Gardening 101 (Part II) – Succession Planting. What’s next?
May 15, 2021 / Free
June 19, 2021 / 10 AM / Fee: $10
650 N. 20th St.
East Saint Louis, IL 62205
Putting Your Garden To Bed (For winter)
November 6 & 13, 2021 / 10 AM
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