Galileo Garden is as unique as it sounds, an impressive ecosystem that sits right outside Galileo School of Math and Science encompassing the area where tennis courts once stood. The produce harvested goes straight inside to the kitchen to provide school lunches there and at other District 11 schools. But the garden has had even more impact than the nutritional value; it has also cultivated a practical learning environment and fostered community involvement.
The garden has been a work in progress since its 2011 groundbreaking yielded a domed greenhouse. The project added 20 raised planting beds in 2013 and grew to 75 beds in 2014. They house a rotating assortment of vegetables for three full seasons of planting, and they are tended by master gardener Scott Wilson and the students themselves.