The East Side Health District (ESHD) was established in 1937.  Over its history the East Side Health District has been devoted to improving public health and the environment of the residents of Cantten Township, Centreville Township, East St. Louis Township and Stites Township by providing preventive health care throughout our community.  The F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden is our latest Program to support ESHD's mission of wellness promotion in the community.


F.R.E.S.H. Garden Events 2015

5/09/15 – Children Garden planting 9:30 a.m.
5/16/15 – Dress F.R.E.S.H. “Yard Sale” Fundraiser 9:00 a.m - (CANCEL)
6/13/15 - Jump N2 Shape - 10:00 a.m.

F.R.E.S.H. Garden Hours 2015

Mon – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Specified Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Saturdays: April 4, 18 & 25; May 9, 16, 23, & 30; June 6, 13 & 27; July 11 & 25; August 1, 6, 15, 22 & 29; September 12, 19 & 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Other times per request

F.R.E.S.H Farmer's Market 2015

F.R.E.S.H. Farmer’s Market dates begin Thursday, June 4 through October 29, 2015 – every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

F.R.E.S.H. Classes

4/18/15 – Gardening 101 – 10:00 a.m.
5/09/15 – Garden Pest Control – 10:00 a.m.
6/06/15 – Composting Class – 10:00 a.m.
6/27/15 – Canning Class – TBA

Garden Beds

Garden beds are available for $50.00 grow your own and $75.00 we plant for you. (Click Here)

F.R.E.S.H. Mission

In partnership with the Arthur M. Jackson Jr. M.D. Healthcare Foundation (AMJHCF), local and state institutions, local universities and citizens, ESHD installed the "F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden".  Our mission is to use this garden to serve as an educational tool for local families and individuals.  By creating a sustainable, healthy and readily available community food source, we can better achieve our mission of wellness promotion in the community.

F.R.E.S.H. Goals

To support the community garden movement by inspiring citizens of the surrounding areas to volunteer in our garden and/or start their own.
To educate people on the health benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables - both for the individual and the environment. Ultimately, we hope this leads to an increased consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables and a decrease in highly processed and fast foods.
To encourage garden participation among children. Numerous studies have shown kids who participate in garden-based activities perform better in academic, social and health-related domains.

F.R.E.S.H. Opportunities

We are working to turn our health district into a “Healthy Campus” by turning approximately ½ acre of land that we own from “Weeds to Seeds”.
Participants will be able to learn how to grow, pick, cook and can the produce the garden produces. The ultimate goal for ESHD, AMJHCF and our stakeholders is to teach individuals how to grow vegetables and fruits in “their own backyards” while enjoying the “fruits of their labors”.

Garden Features - Phase I

- Raised & keyhole gardens
- Outdoor classroom
- Fruit trees & a variety of veggies
- Kid’s play area
- Walking paths
- Compost piles

Phase II (Summer 2015)

Coming Soon!
The groundbreaking for Red Barn.
July 15, 2015

Get Involved!

If you would like to be a part of the F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden - to volunteer or make a donation - please contact East Side Health District at 618-874-4713 ext. 220 or visit us on the web at http://www.eshd.org.
We will also be offering a limited number of participants who volunteer at least 2hrs/week their own raised garden beds to plant and harvest vegetables of their choosing.

Download F.R.E.S.H. Brochure (Click Here)