Native & Vegetable Gardens
Native Plant Gardens
Faith in Place provides assistance and support in the sourcing and installation of regionally native and local genotype plants for numerous butterfly gardens on the properties of our faith partners throughout the state.
Over the past two centuries, 99% of native prairies in the Midwest have been lost to expanding commercial agriculture and cities with exotic horticulture. Illinois ranks 49th among states for the percent of land remaining in native vegetation. The prairies, wetlands, and forests that used to provide food and habitat for butterflies, birds, insects and other species have largely disappeared. By planting native plants, you help replace our living web of sustenance and shelter for plants and animals in our state.
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Benefits of Native Plant Gardens:
Plants are long adapted to local soil, weather conditions, and pests, so they can require less water and maintenance than exotic lawns and other garden plants
Plants provide needed food and habitat to native birds, butterflies, insects, and other interdependent species
Plants promote biodiversity (an integral variety of species living in a long harmonized ecosystem) which helps the ecosystem stay strong in the face of diseases and disturbances
Deep root systems help prevent soil erosion and reduce water runoff, sequestering carbon and methane, maintaining rich soil organics, while nurturing a long associated diversity of organisms
Colorful flowers and foliage add to the beauty of a space
"Since 2009 KAM Isaiah Israel's food justice and sustainability program has grown, harvested and delivered over 17,500 pounds of produce. Previously unproductive church and synagogue lawns are now significant sources of fresh food for those in need in the community."
-Robert Nevel, Green Team Leader, KAM Isaiah Israel
Faith in Place staff provide guidance and support to people of faith to grow produce in small neighborhood gardens at their houses of worship. Such gardens provide locally grown produce and build a sense of community. They are also great spaces for spending time outdoors and educating people about healthy eating.
Want support creating a vegetable garden for your community? Reach out!