Community Garden Support

The GardenWorks Project
2017 Community Garden Support Application

This year, The GardenWorks Project is initiating new programs to empower home and suburban food growers by practicing and teaching organic and sustainable methods, promoting community gardens, and providing access to resources. 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.

To further increase the supply of local foods in our communities, The GardenWorks Project will support those community gardens which have as one of their objectives growing food for donation to an area food pantry. In addition to access to our educational programs (including a new class on how to start a community garden) and tool lending library, GardenWorks will offer support to new and existing community gardens. Each will receive:

  • 5 handmade, cedar, 4’ x 8’ x 8” raised-bed frames
  • A copy of Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook, by local expert LaManda Joy
  • GardenWorks Food Growers Network membership, which allows for:
    • 40 vegetable seed packets
    • 50% off seedlings at our West Chicago Blooming Fest plant sale (May 20, 2017)
    • 15% off vegetable seedlings all season from We Grow Dreams Nursery, 1055 W. Washington St., West Chicago
    • Free seedlings when available after our spring garden installs
    • Access to our gardening tool and book lending library
    • 15% off additional raised-bed garden frames available for sale at our Resource Center
    • Access to list of grant opportunities from other sources
    • Free attendance to all GardenWorks Project educational offerings
    • Consulting assistance with starting or expanding a community garden, and postings to our team of volunteers to help build or maintain the garden
    • A list of area pantries who will accept homegrown produce and tips on donating (i.e., harvesting, storing and transporting)

Important Notes

  • Applicants will be a group of community residents, school, or other entity, and the community garden will be in a location where people grow food together, including neighborhoods, schools, and other locations in DuPage County or a town directly adjacent to DuPage County.
  • Participants will donate a portion of produce grown in the community garden to a DuPage County food pantry
  • 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 Garden Support Program (e.g., press release, social media, newsletter)
  • Participants will host, if requested, a site visit by GardenWorks Project staff or a volunteer
  • Please note that support does not cover the cost of soil to fill the raised-beds
  • Consider attending our How to Start a Community Garden Class on February 11 in West Chicago

Important Dates 2017

February 1                  Program information released to public

February 11                How to Start a Community Garden Class

March 15, 2017           Applications due by midnight

April 1, 2017               Participants will be selected and all applicants will be notified

April 15, 2017             Raised beds will be available for pickup from The GardenWorks Project
                                   Suburban Agriculture Resource Center at 103 W. Washington St., West
                                   Chicago (inside Gallery 200)

May 20, 2017              Seed and seedling pickup at The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agriculture Resource Center

May 31, 2017              Installation of community garden complete

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