Communiversity Gardens

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Located on the east side of Anderson Hall, this community vegetable garden was established in the spring of 2014. It is just one of the many sites that make up the network of gardens around DeKalb County as a part of DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG).

Aerial Drone Video
Philosophy of Food Class Video

The aptly named Communiversity Gardens thrive with the care and oversight of a strong volunteer network of students, faculty, staff and community members.

The purposes of the gardens are many:

  • Improve agricultural literacy by increasing access to education about sustainable farming practices and the importance of local food production.
  • Help alleviate struggles associated with food deserts in our community.
  • Encourage environmental awareness and ecologically-minded lifestyles.
  • Provide opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.
  • Create opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education.
  • Present opportunities to collaborate, find new ideas, give back to the community and provide access to fresh produce.

COVID-19 Gardens Protocols

  • The only people allowed in the gardens are individuals who have been approved by the university. We are NOT accepting volunteers at this time.
    • If an individual enters the gardens to volunteer, explain that we are not allowed to have volunteers at this time and ask them to leave. If they refuse to leave, explain that you will have to contact campus security and do so promptly.
  • Individuals should keep at least six feet apart from others whenever possible.
  • Individuals are required to wear masks in the gardens when unable to keep six feet apart from another individual. However, masks are strongly encouraged to be worn at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used upon entering and leaving the garden.
  • Gloves are required to be worn while handling tools.
  • No more than 10 individuals are allowed in the gardens at one time. Staff are encouraged to plan times when working in the garden and avoid working at the same times when possible.
  • Clean and sanitize tools and anything else that was touched (i.e. door handles, water spigot, etc.) before and after use
  • If you are feeling sick at all, stay home!

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Days

Currently closed to volunteers

Who Can Harvest?

The produce grown at the Communiversity Gardens is donated to the Huskie Food Pantry. Our volunteers are also welcome to harvest produce for themselves once harvest for the pantry is completed.

Contact Us

niucg@niu.edu