This is the rooftop vegetable garden at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago’s south side designed by Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects. It is part of a network of gardens run by the centre that they use as an outdoor laboratory ‘bridging classroom learning with real world applications’. They also run a catering program ‘Seed to table’ using produce from the garden. The centre offers extra curricular support and a safe and positive environment for children who most need it.
It’s so great to see real commitment and money behind a project like this, with outdoor learning at it’s heart. Too many school and community gardens are an afterthought and have to make do with scraps of left over funding. This often leads to an understandably shabby aesthetic to the gardens, with few ‘cues to care’, that can’t inspire or engage it’s potential users. The high-end design of this rooftop garden shows everybody that this garden is important.