Farm on Franks
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 will transform an unused plot of land, which once was Jozwiak Park, into a productive garden and educational experience. The aim of this project is to construct a garden created entirely by a community of volunteers and financed through grants and local donations.
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 is currently a cement slab covered in boulders and large rocks. This circle is a remnant from what once was a playground at Jozwiak Park. Located just behind the Public Services facility, this area will be managed by the Village of Niles, but will be maintained and enhanced through volunteers and community efforts.
In order to make the vision of the Farm on Franks into a reality, we need support from local businesses and residents. In exchange for your generous donation, your company will be acknowledged as follows:
Benefactor $1,000 - Your business’s name on a construction phase banner, the Village website, in promotional flyers, permanent educational site signage and in the Village quarterly newsletter.
Sponsor $500 - Your business’s name on a construction phase banner, the Village website, in promotional flyers, and in the Village newsletter.
Donor $250 - Your business’s name on a construction phase banner, the Village website, and in promotional flyers.
Supporter $100 - Your business’s name on a construction phase banner and the Village website.
One may also sponsor the following items:
- Composting Barrels
- Lumber for Raised Beds
- Soil and Compost
- Plants for Intergenerational and Demonstration Gardens (to benefit Niles Food Pantry)
- Storage Shed
Current SponsorsThank you to all our generous donors:
ComEd/Openlands Green Region Funding $8,000
Tru Link Fence $2,000
Presence Health $1,000
Friends of the Niles Public Library $250
Home Depot 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
Looking to do something outdoors? Want to beautify the community? Interested in organics and sustainability?
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
Interested in Renting a Plot?
Opening for rental in January 2017, Farm on Franks will offer 24 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 $20.00 fee 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.
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. This garden will be approximately 3 feet tall, allowing for volunteers to work in the garden without having to stoop down. The garden will also feature a handicap accessible path.
Farm on Franks Brochure