Farm on Franks
2021 Application Process Now Open!Apply online starting January 4, 2021 for a Farm on Franks garden plot for the 2021 growing season! Deadline to apply is March 19th. The garden opens on April 1st. If selected for a plot, payment is due by April 2nd.
Community Birdhouse Project Winter 2021
Farm on Franks and the Home Depot invite residents to assemble and paint a birdhouse for the spring. There are 45 kits each needing a creative design to decorate the fence at Farm on Franks. This fun activity is open to any Niles resident, simply complete the PARTICIPATION FORM and pick up the kit at the Niles Family Fitness Center. (Kits available AFTER 1/25/2021).
The Village of Niles established a goal in its 2030 Comprehensive Plan to provide opportunities for increased public participation in environmental advocacy. In the 2013 Niles Environmental Action Plan, the Village went further to establish the goal of creating a community garden program. Through the efforts of Village staff members in the Niles Sustainability Committee and some key citizens, the Village is moving forward to complete their goal of establishing a community garden program.
Farm on Franks aims to build a sense of community while providing the education to develop organic sustainable food systems, beautify our neighborhoods and increase outdoor activity. Farm on Franks transformed an unused plot of land, which once was Jozwiak Park, into a productive garden and educational experience. The aim of this project was to construct a garden created entirely by a community of volunteers and financed through grants and local donations. It has been a great success through it's growing seasons since inception in 2017! In 2019, gardeners (including the Niles Garden Club, Village volunteers and individual residents) donated over 150 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries!
The site, at approximately 7087 N Franks Avenue in Niles, is located on the east side of Franks Avenue just south of the Niles Public Services building. The site was a cement slab covered in boulders and large rocks. That circle was a remnant from what once was a playground at Jozwiak Park. Located just behind the Public Services facility, this area is managed by the Village of Niles, but is maintained and enhanced through volunteers and community efforts.
Interested in Renting a Plot?
Opening for the 2021 growing season on January 4, 2021, Farm on Franks offers 28 public plots and two volunteer-maintained demonstration plots. The rental process will include an application and set of guidelines for maintaining a plot, plus a small $25.00 fee for Residents ($30.00 for non-residents) to help offset the costs of water and maintenance.
The two volunteer-maintained plots include a demonstration and inter-generational garden, both supplying fresh produce for donation to the Niles Food Pantry and are currently maintained by students and parents from Culver school.
The inter-generational garden intends to bridge the garden knowledge gap between generations. Senior citizens who have a wealth of knowledge will be able to pass down years worth of invaluable education to younger generations. These gardens are approximately 3 feet tall, allowing for volunteers to work in the garden without having to stoop down. The garden also features a handicap accessible path.
Farm on Franks Brochure
Additional Information Regarding Application to Farm on Franks
Thanks to Our Volunteers
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us build Farm on Franks in August 2016!
Erika and Jamie, residents of Niles
Niles Public Services - Forestry Division
SponsorsThank you to all our generous donors who helped with the creation of Farm on Franks in 2016:
ComEd/Openlands Green Region Funding $8,000
Tru Link Fence $2,000
The Home Depot Foundation $1,572
Presence Health $1,000
Golf Mill Ford $1,000
Friends of the Niles Public Library $250
Home Depot Store #1907 In Kind Donation of Lumber
Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry In Kind Donation of Tools
Lurvey Landscape Supply In Kind Donation of Materials
Mayor Andrew Przybylo