In an effort to increase the number of community and school gardens in DuPage County, The GardenWorks Project has awarded five area organizations with the supplies to build raised garden beds. The award includes materials to build a 4-foot by 8-foot raised garden on the organization’s property, vegetable seeds and seedlings.
Awarded organizations include Marian Park/Mercy Housing in Wheaton; Elmhurst College; Madison Elementary School in Lombard; York Community Resource Center in Lombard; and College of DuPage. All of the organizations will be donating a portion of the vegetables grown in their gardens to local food pantries.
“We at The GardenWorks Project believe that if we can support other organizations that wish to start or increase the size of their community or school garden, we can also increase the supply of locally-grown food and the availability of healthy food to those in need of food assistance,” said Tina Koral, The GardenWorks Project’s founder and Executive Director. “Each of the five organizations have outstanding plans for the design, operation, and outcomes for their gardens, and we are honored to support them,” Koral said.
The five organizations that received the award were also given memberships in The GardenWorks Project’s Food Growers Network, which provides education and access to organic suburban agriculture resources via group education classes, a tool lending library, and discounts on raised beds, seedlings, and other supplies.