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The GardenWorks Project coordinates events throughout the year to bring together people who wish to grow food for themselves and those in need. We offer organic vegetable gardening programs, volunteer events, and opportunities for you to support our mission. Come on out and meet like-minded neighbors dedicated to growing organic produce at home and supporting families who rely on food pantry assistance.

  • Community Gardening Workshop

    The 1871 Heritage Garden at Elmhurst College was started by the College’s Sustainability Committee in 2013 to highlight the cultivation practices used by the founding students of Elmhurst College. In 2017 a new garden coordinator recognized the potential of the garden to be a teaching tool for community members to learn the skills and techniques needed to increase food security. The garden supplies the college’s dining services, as well as the local food pantry, with local organically grown produce. Learn about the transformation of the garden to a high-yielding raised bed system and the steps that are being taken to make the garden an integral part of Elmhurst College and the surrounding community.

    Dr. Kyle F. Bennett is an Associate Professor of Biology at Elmhurst College. While his professional expertise is in marine ecology, he has been using his biological knowledge to garden in an ecological manner for over twenty years.

    Suggested donation of $5 or you can join our Food Growers Network today for $20! 

     

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    Gardening with raised beds can allow for bigger harvests and less work. GardenWorks Project founder and board member Tina Koral will teach you the benefits of raised-bed gardening, what supplies are needed, and how to design your garden on any budget.

    We will have 4' x 8' cedar raised beds kits for sale to take home and assemble after the class. Proceeds from the sales of our raised bed kits support our Home Gardening Program, which provides families who rely on food pantries with everything they need to grow food at home.  

    The class is free, but please RSVP. Bring a friend!

    You may pre-order your bed here for pick up at the class. Members of our GardenWorks Project Food Growers Network save 20% on raised beds. Sign up for membership here

     

    Suggested donation of $5 per event or sign-up for our Food Growers Network today for $20.

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  • Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 07:00 PM

     

     

    Want to make a difference in your community? It's amazing the impact just one hour of your time at a garden build can make for a family who relies on food pantries and wants to grow food at home.

    At our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, you can:

    • sign up for our spring 2018 garden builds and garden coaching
    • learn from presenters from two local nonprofits who will inspire you make the best of your garden this year
    • select seeds for your home garden
    No gardening experience is necessary to be a garden builder, and it's a great way to learn how to build raised beds for your own home. Got gardening experience? You could sign up to mentor families in your community. We are also in need of volunteers who have pickup trucks to help us deliver bagged soil to our clients. You can sign up for any of these volunteer roles at the meeting, and help make our spring garden builds a success! 

    Meeting Agenda

    7:00    Brief introduction to The GardenWorks Project, and what to expect on the day of the garden build

    7:20    Sign up for garden builds and other opportunities in your area and grab a t-shirt. Builds only take an hour and children are welcome!

    7:40    Speakers TBD

    8:30   Members of our Food Growers Network are invited to select seeds for your garden. Sign up at the meeting or sign up here.

     


     

    The GardenWorks Project relies on the time and talents of those in our community who are dedicated to helping our food-insecure neighbors. Most volunteer work requires only about an hour of your time, but this hour makes a huge difference in the lives of families who are in need. Our garden builds are great opportunities for families to volunteer together (no experience is required, and volunteers of all ages are welcome to build with us). The meeting is free, but please RSVP.

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  • Seedling Sale

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    The GardenWorks Project will hold an Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale and Used Tool Giveaway in conjunction with Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago. Blooming Fest is a celebration of Spring, with many vendors selling plants and gardening supplies, delicious food, and entertainment. The GardenWorks Project will make seedlings will available for pre-order on our website with sales benefiting low-income families participating in our Home Gardening Program. For those who wish to garden at home but cannot afford tools, we will have a large assortment of free tools including shovels, hoes, and takes. Details coming soon.

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  • Fall Refresh Gardening at Demo Garden

    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
    • 2 people are going

    More information coming soon. 

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  • Harvest Canning Workshop

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
    • 6 people are going

    Luscious gardens to yummy food on your table.  Let's take the harvest from YOUR garden and turn it into healthy food for family for the off season. Nothing is better (and cheaper) than fresh grown and home canned vegetables and fruits.  Learn the principles of canning in simple terms and get started this season!

     

    Elise Ciribassi is a veterinarian by trade, and got started gardening on her off time in rural farm country in Pennsylvania.  Food was expensive and the closest grocery store was 30 minutes away.  The first year was hand-peeled tomatoes, and over the course of the next 34 years, she has canned and frozen many vegetables and fruits from her local garden in Carol Stream to keep food on the table for her family of four.  Every year has a unique growing season that tests her knowledge, challenges her abilities, and allows her to try "something new and different" with the crops she harvests.  Her family has enjoyed the canned goods on the table throughout the years, and she has enjoyed assembling many gift baskets for friends and neighbors as well.

     

    Suggested donation of $5 per event or you can sign up for our Food Growers Network today for $20 and have access to all our events.

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  • Food Growers Network Garden Tour

    Join us to tour some of our community gardens. Locations will be determined closer to the time of the event. 

     

    Suggested donation of $5 per event or you can sign up for our Food Growers Network today for $20 and have access to all our events.

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  • Cooking with Fall Produce

    • Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
    • 4 people are going

    Embrace Fall flavors by incorporating home-grown vegetables and herbs into your cooking.  We’ll explore uses, health benefits and cooking tips for a variety of vegetables and herbs.  A hands-on cooking demo will illustrate how to make a delicious Fall salad and dip along with samples of a heart Fall soup.

    The class will be presented by Laura Walsh, RDN, LDN, She is a culinary nutritionist and dietitian and President of Walsh Nutrition Group, Inc for the past 17 years.  Walsh Nutrition Group, Inc. provides nutrition communications, recipe development and nutrient analysis to the food industry.  For more info, go to www.walshnutritiongroup.com

     

    Suggested donation of $5 per event or you can sign up for our Food Growers Network today for $20 and have access to all our events.

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  • Beekeeping and Pollinators Workshop

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
    • 2 people are going
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