Washington Street Garden


About Us

The Washington Street Garden is a community food project that seeks to recover our connection to the earth, grow sustainable, organic, free food and plant medicine, and build food autonomy in Carbondale and the greater region.

Upcoming Events:

due to COVID-19 precautions future workday events all participants are required to bring their own gloves, mask or face covering, if possible one's own tools.


gardening is more important than ever. 

email us to help organize volunteers, plantings, and work days at Washington Street Garden, Little Red Hen, Attucks Community Services garden,  Birch St Food Forest, and more.


follow and chat with us on facebook if you have more questions.


Our Goals:

  • to connect the community to the earth through gardening & skill building

  • to grow, give away, and freely distribute healthy food & plant medicine

  • to educate the community on various growing, harvesting, and preserving methods, including organic, permaculture, and food forest models, and various foods and plant medicines including annuals and perennials, fruit, nut trees, and bushes

  • to educate each other about holistic ecological models and climate change, how to live and eat healthily, and how to make and use plant medicine through workshops, educational activities, and skill-sharing

  • to inspire and welcome others to share their ideas and innovations


How To Use The Garden


  • The garden has “garden workday” or times/hours when collective workdays are facilitated by a group of volunteer organizers. These are days to learn about the garden, plant and harvest, and build community with other growers. Days are publicized as events via Facebook.


  • All decisions about the garden are made collectively.


  • WSG organizers hold regular meetings to plan and care for the garden. Any helpful person is able to join this group at anytime. Meetings are publicized as events via Facebook. Persons may also attend a workday to learn more and connect.


  • A small number of plots or beds are available for open use by request and are subject to approval. We prioritize collective endeavors, including group growing projects; we also consider special suggestions or other experimentations. Proposals for bed use can be made to the WSG organizers here.

  • Anyone can work or harvest in the garden at any time they choose. We are working on our legibility with signage so that anyone who walks into the garden can see what is growing where, and reference a list of care and maintenance for the day/week, including a planting and/or harvest schedule, events/workshops calendar, and other notes.

Butterflies have no borders. At WSG we raise and propagate food for butterflies, including Monarchs who pass through each year on their intergenerational migration from so-called Mexico to so-called Canada and back.


214 N Washington Carbondale IL United States 62901

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