Vegetable Gardening

The Gateway Garden (5386 N. Ravenswood) and Bowmanville Garden (5410 N. Bowmanville) Vegetable Plots, are available to gardeners interested in growing vegetables and edible plants.  An important effort is underway to expand the Gateway Garden.  Please read more and join that preservation effort. 2018 was a BIG year for the Gateway Garden; click here view a list of accomplishments!

The 2019 BCO Vegetable Garden Plot Application, for the Gateway Garden and Bowmanville Garden, is now closed.

There are still great ways to get involved! Please bookmark the BCO Gardening Schedule (http://bcochicago.org/gardening/garden-work-dates) and email gardening@bcochicago.org to learn more about other great ways to get involved and to be added to our email list.  There will be tons of engagement opportunities available throughout the entire growing season.

As of 2019, the cost of renting a plot is $30 per season for 4′ X 6′ or 4′ X 8′ plots at the Bowmanville Garden or 4’ X 8′ plots at the Gateway Garden.   Once assigned a plot, all gardeners are required to become members of the BCO ($20) and to fulfill 6 Volunteer Hours for community garden maintenance. 

Please, DO NOT pay fees until you receive notification of a plot assignment.  You can find the payment link on the main dropdown menu or click here for BCO Payment page.

Read about the history and use of each of our veggie garden spaces here:

Gateway Garden (along Ravenswood Avenue at Balmoral) – west side of Metra tracks

Bowmanville Garden (along Bowmanville Avenue along the cemetery wall)