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A message from Jeannie Iseman, Executive Director

My family and I were out shopping the other day, and as we were waiting in the checkout line, we saw someone walking out wearing a GardenWorks Garden Builds 2018 shirt. Seeing the familiar green was a proud moment for us all! This spring, we had 175 volunteers help with 93 gardens this spring!  

So wear those shirts with pride, because the seeds you've planted are making a difference in our neighborhoods. Thank you so much for supporting our cause, and please continue to stay involved as we continue to coach our new clients towards a successful first harvest. 

Thank you again for a successful spring build season. With all of your help 368 individuals, including 181 children, now have access to a garden. 

The GardenWorks Project launched its 2nd Annual Hot Pepper Challenge at Blooming Fest on May 19 in West Chicago. The Hot Pepper Challenge will run through September 30, 2018 and brings attention to food insecurity in DuPage.

“Not having enough food to feed your families is a problem for many DuPage families, and it’s uncomfortable,” said Amy Hebert, who volunteers on The GardenWorks Project’s board of directors. “With the Hot Pepper Challenge, we can feel a fraction of the discomfort that these families feel in an effort to raise awareness and fundraise so that GardenWorks can continue to provide hungry families with the supplies needed to grow food at home.”

If you want to join the 2nd Annual GardenWorks Project Hot Pepper Challenge, just video yourself eating a hot pepper, share it on social media using the hashtag #gardenworkshpc, and challenge friends to participate or donate to The GardenWorks Project at:

Check out videos from last years participants. 

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