JOLIET – The Will County Board’s Land Use & Development Committee met May 10, 2022, and received a presentation on the We WILL Grow School and Community Garden Program. The program has seen incredible success promoting locally grown fruits and vegetables.
“Our committee proudly supports this tremendous initiative that is having a great impact on our local communities,” said Chairman Tyler Marcum, District 10. ”As an avid gardener myself, I am eager for county residents to benefit from these community gardens.”
The Will County Land Use Department’s Division of Resource, Recovery & Energy has been a leader in sustainable environmental practices, directly developing communities by providing continuing education opportunities for residents. With the help and guidance of We WILL Grow, the National Hook-up for Black Women have maintained a garden south of Joliet, for the Preston Heights and Sugar Creek neighborhoods.
In 2021 Will County purposefully distributed over 200,00 pounds of produce to food deserts. The community gardens program is just one of the many services Land Use staff provide, educating community.
“My hope is the gardens will provide a little relief for our hard-working families who are hurting from rising inflation costs, said Board Member Jackie Traynere District 4. “By promoting the creation and continuation of these community gardens we are offering people healthy food choices and ultimately saving them on food expenses.”
More information can be found on the County Board website at www.willcountyboard.com/important-info.html