Nina Lawrin – The Healing Garden: Reconnecting to the Land and Our Bodies

Lemon Balm: A Healing Permaculture Garden, is a community permaculture site located on 16th and Ridgeway in North Lawndale, Chicago. It was started by Nina Lawrin, of loveren collections, as a direct means to learn and reconnect to our bodies, female hormonal health, and slow food through perennial plants. While North Lawndale is considered a food desert, there is a vibrant, resilient community and greening initiative of which AnnaMaria Leon, co-owner of Homan Grown Perennial Plant Nursery and subcommittee chair for the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council’s (NLCCC) Greening Open Space Water and Soil (GROWS), and Dr. Israel, of the North Lawndale Greening Committee, play a huge role in.

Lemon Balm is a part of the larger communal effort of the Greening of 16th Street, which strives to connect community members to green spaces and green businesses within the community. Permaculture and green space is vital in Chicago, especially within North Lawndale, but there is also a critical need to remember our human relationships with perennial plants and wild foods. Nina believes that plants are not mere aesthetics, but allies in our nourishment, health and growth as a community (including all our pollinator friends!). Lemon Balm is dedicated to this reconnection, education, and community with a special emphasis on females, their bodies, and their fluctuating hormones.

Lemon Balm will be a site in which females can come together and learn about their hormones, the foods that nourish them, and how to create safe and simple herbal products for everyday use. It is a space for empowerment and reconnection to the land. The Pollination Project grant funds will cover the costs of perennial plants and on site materials that will nourish, reconnect, and heal a community for generations to come.