With many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partnering organizations, growers, donors and participating families, we are so pleased to announce that 10 new gardens are up and growing! Three gardens from last year have also been refreshed, and our founding group of gardeners are ready to beat last year's yields. In all, 63 people in these 13 households will have access to fresh, organic, hyper-locally grown vegetables. Each family is matched up with a gardening coach who will ensure their success this summer.
View photos from our 2013 garden builds!
In addition, we have fully planted a 30x30' plot at the Village Green Community Garden; the use of the space was generously donated by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Volunteers will care for this garden, and all of the produce grown here will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. We are excited to be able to provide organic vegetables to those who are not able to grow their own.
We've had a lot of fun this year and connected with an incredible group of people. Our families, all clients of local food pantries, ranged from toddlers to grandparents, new gardeners to those with some experience. Our volunteers ranged from Master Gardeners and professional landscapers, to those who had no gardening experience but wished to learn on the job. All of us united in a community of gardeners growing vegetables in a way that promotes self-sufficiency and a healthy stewardship of the Earth.
Our year started out with surpassing our fundraising goals and continues as our gardens grow and produce, but we're not done yet! In addition to maintaining our community garden space and supporting our clients, we are busy planning for the future of GardenWorks. We are assembling a Board of Directors, filing for 501c3 nonprofit organization status, expanding to the tri-cities area of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia, and preparing for our end-of-the-year fundraising efforts.
If you are a current volunteer, thank you! We hope you join us again in the future. If you'd like to get involved, there are many ways to do so. We would love to channel your expertise and passion toward the cause of relieving hunger in our community.
Again, many thanks to all of you who have been involved with this project that means so much to so many! If you have not already, please sign up for our e-mail newsletter and follow us on facebook to be the first to get news from GardenWorks. Happy gardening!
Special thanks to Sweet Home Organics, People's Resource Center, Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Bridge Communities, Glen Ellyn Park District, and all who donated time and resources to this project!