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Community Gardening Program

Community Gardening Program

everyone deserves fresh produce

Community Gardening Program
Introduction

The GardenWorks Project's Community Garden Support Program aims to support local gardening groups that aim to educate and increase access to local food in our communities. It is our vision that everyone in our community grows and eats fresh, local and healthy foods. By growing food together, we can make that vision a reality.

The GardenWorks Project will support those community gardens that prioritize donating grown foods to an area food pantry. Three awards will be given to new or existing community garden organizations. Each will receive:

- 5 handmade, 4’ x 8’ x 8” cedar raised-bed frames along with soil and compost
- 25 free seed packets
- Discounted seedlings at our Spring Seedling Sale (May 18th, West Chicago)
- 20% off additional raised-bed garden frames available for sale at our Resource Center
- Free attendance to all GardenWorks Project educational offerings

Important Notes:
- Community garden must be within DuPage County or a town directly adjacent to DuPage County.
- A portion of produce grown must be donated to a local food pantry, and the group must report the amount donated (in lbs.) to GardenWorks at the end of the season.
- Preference will be given to garden programs which prohibit non-organic chemical fertilizers.
- Participants will submit a grant report at the end of the season, and photos at the beginning, middle and end of the season.
- Participants will publicly recognize participation in the GardenWorks Community Gardening Program (e.g., press release, social media, newsletter).
- As your garden thrives, we ask that you become one of our “experts” and help provide helpful tips on best practices to future community gardeners.

Applications are due March 15, 2019 at midnight, and three applicants will be selected and informed of awards by April 1, 2019. Materials will be available within the month of May, and community gardens will be installed no later than May 31, 2019. For more information, questions, or concerns, please email robin@gardenworksproject.org.

Important Dates 2019
  • February 1: Program information released to public
  • March 15: Applications due by midnight
  • April 1: Participants will be selected and all applicants will be notified
  • Late April (exact day TBD): Raised beds and seeds will be available for pickup from The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agriculture Resource Center (Contact robin@gardenworksproject.org to arrange pickup)
  • May 18: Seedling pickup at The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
  • May 31: Installation of community garden complete