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We welcome volunteers to join us as we sort seed packets into labeled bins at our new Suburban Agriculture Resource Center. We have had hundreds of seeds donated this winter and need to get them sorted in anticipation of our upcoming season. Hope you can join us! Please RSVP on this page. Save
We want to help relieve the financial barriers to starting community gardens. In February, 2017, we opened applications for support groups who wish to start or expand their community garden in DuPage County. To be eligible, a portion of what is grown in the garden must be donated to a DuPage area food pantry. In 2018, after a successful pilot year, we will be continuing our Community Gardening Program, and will be choosing another 5 new organizations to establish or expand a community garden in their chosen area. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-Winning Organic Gardener Vicki Nowicki will be presenting at The GardenWorks Project Resource Center in West Chicago on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:15pm. She has been working with homeowners in the Chicago area for almost 40 years from her home and garden. She is a teacher, a writer, a community leader and she owns a business “with an ecological conscience” that focuses on planting and harvesting vegetables for the clients at home. She currently also runs an heirloom seed saving resource library in Downers Grove.Also, we will be holding a friendly seed exchange with fellow gardeners that have been saved from individual gardens. We will be holding this at 7pm, shortly before the presentation by Ms. Nowicki. The event will be a casual setting and no rules about how seeds should be packaged. We will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Food Growers Network at this time. $5 suggested donation to support our mission. You can also join our Food Growers Network for $20 and enjoy free events all year.
Start your garden organically at our Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale! ORDER NOW! We will also have plants available onsite at the seedling sale while supplies last. The GardenWorks Project Organic Seedling SaleMay 19, 20189am-3pm (while supplies last)The GardenWorks Project Resource Center, 103 W. Washington St. parking lot (or inside in case of rain) Seedling price: $1.50 each for Food Growers Network Members, $3 for nonmembers. Our organic seedling sale, held in conjunction with Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago, raises much-needed funds so that The GardenWorks Project can continue to provide families in need with home vegetable gardens, and promote home and community food growing throughout DuPage County. Our seedlings are organically grown in DeKalb, IL. Blooming Fest has much for you to enjoy - perennial plant sales, garden art vendors, educational events, food, and more. In addition to The GardenWorks Project’s vegetable seedling sale, we will also be giving away used tools to anyone who wishes to start a garden at home but doesn’t have the resources to purchase new tools. Pre-order your seedlings now to ensure you get your top picks. Your order must be picked up between 9 and 3 on May 19 - NO EXCEPTIONS. If you purchase your seedlings online and do not pick up on the day of the sale, the plants will be donated to a family in need via our Home Gardening Program. We just don’t have the facilities to store plants at our Resource Center. We appreciate your understanding. Want to volunteer at our plant sale or information booth at Blooming Fest? Email email@example.com and let us know! We will provide you with a free tshirt to wear the day of the Fest.
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. The presentation is heavy on photos of many different styles of raised bed gardens to inspire you to design your own before the growing season starts. We'll make it easy for you! Consider purchasing a 4' x 8' cedar raised beds kits 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 will be held at Gallery 200, on the corner of Washington and Main St. in West Chicago. Doors will open at 6:30 to allow time for you to browse our extensive seed collection. Make a donation of $20, and you'll receive 20 seed packets, a reusable tote bag, 20% off raised bed kits, and 50% off at our organic seedling sale on May 19. 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. RSVP today and bring a friend!
This year, The GardenWorks Project and our team of volunteers will build over 90 home vegetable gardens for families in need of food assistance in the DuPage County area, and we need your help! This weekend we will be in Aurora, Carol Stream, Darien, and Naperville. If you'd like to volunteer, please plan to attend our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, to be held April 18th at 7pm in Wheaton.
The GardenWorks Project will hold an Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale and Used Tool Giveaway in conjunction with Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago with sales benefiting low-income families participating in our Home Gardening Program. Blooming Fest is a celebration of Spring, with many vendors selling plants and gardening supplies, delicious food, and entertainment. 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 rakes. See you there!
The GardenWorks Project supports all gardeners in their efforts to grow food at home. 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 rakes, while supplies last. This event is held 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.
This summer will be HOT! The GardenWorks Project launches our 2nd Annual Hot Pepper Challenge at Blooming Fest from 9am - 3pm on May 19 in West Chicago. The Hot Pepper Challenge will run through September 30, 2018 and brings attention to food insecurity in DuPage. “Not having enough food to feed your families is a problem for many DuPage families, and it’s uncomfortable,” said Amy Hebert, who volunteers on our board of directors. “With the Hot Pepper Challenge, we can feel a fraction of the discomfort that these families feel in an effort to raise awareness and fundraise so that GardenWorks can continue to provide hungry families with the supplies needed to grow food at home.” GardenWorks will have a booth in the vendor area where participants can take a bite of a variety of hot peppers and learn more about our organization. Also at Blooming Fest, shoppers will enjoy the selection of vegetable, annual, and perennial plants, garden accessories, yard art, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and more. Food, live entertainment, local art, and children’s activities make it an event not to be missed. If you want to join the 2nd Annual GardenWorks Project Hot Pepper Challenge, just video yourself eating a hot pepper, share it on social media using the hashtag #gardenworkshpc, and challenge friends to participate or donate to The GardenWorks Project at: www.gardenworksproject.org/give
The class is free, but please RSVP. This event is held in conjuntion 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 is also holding an Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale and Used Tool Giveaway. 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 rakes. See you at Blooming Fest!
Inject some Spring optimism into the dreary winter days and take control of the quality of your seedlings by starting them in your own home. Learn the different methods, timing and equipment needed to prepare your own seedlings. Join us and hear from our experts, what works best in this climate as well as common issues affecting the DuPage area. Crack open that seed catalog and let's get planting! Presenter, Ellen Kamps has been farming in the Midwest for over 5 years and was 1/2 of Foxtrot Organic Farm located in Wayne, Illinois. In 2019 she traveled to Germany to study Bavarian value-added production, to Italy to study viticulture and oenology, and to Switzerland to consult on an organic vegetable farm in the Alpine valley. As a full-time consultant, she helps food & bev start-ups with business development, and helps NGOs, NFPs, and School Districts refine their communication strategies. She is currently studying international agriculture and economics with the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program, and teaches within the Horticulture Department at College of DuPage.RSVP
Join The GardenWorks Food Readers Book Club's second meeting to discuss We Fed an Island. The highly acclaimed book is a true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many. Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world. Andrés addressed the humanitarian crisis the only way he knew how: by feeding people, one hot meal at a time. From serving sancocho with his friend José Enrique at Enrique's ravaged restaurant in San Juan to eventually cooking 100,000 meals a day at more than a dozen kitchens across the island, Andrés and his team fed hundreds of thousands of people, including with massive paellas made to serve thousands of people alone. At the same time, they also confronted a crisis with deep roots, as well as the broken and wasteful system that helps keep some of the biggest charities and NGOs in business.RSVP
Ever wonder what lurks below? Learn the fundamentals of healthy soil structure and improve the quality of your harvest from the ground up. We will discuss composting, erosion, mulching, aeration, and much more. Join us and our experts for a talk on how to care for your garden soil from the moment you wake it up in the spring to the time it is put to bed in the winter, and everything in between! Presenter, Scott Witte, MLD, CGCS, has a BS in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from North Central College. He currently works as the Director of Horticulture, Cantigny Park (Winfield), and was previously the Director of Agronomy for Cantigny Golf. His background includes Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification and as a licensed apiarist, he founded The Bee Barometer Project to promote diverse ecosystems on golf courses to foster healthy honey bees and pollinators. Scott has always possessed a true passion for all things green and growing, he’s now developed an equal passion for growing people!RSVP
Want to learn how to fight hunger within your neighborhood? Did you know that hunger and food insecurity exists in your community (and every community within the nation)? Learn about The GardenWorks Project's mission to fight hunger by empowering families to grow for themselves, and we want you to get involved this year! Learn about how your volunteer hours can help make a difference - this event will be informative for those interested in volunteering, and we'll also show you our methodology on how to grow successfully in this climate for a productive harvest! RSVP today!RSVP
Join us for the annual Spring Seedling Sale at West Chicago's Blooming Fest. Starting at 9am, fight hunger through your purchase of high quality organic seedlings, and learn more about our Food Growers Network! We hope to see you there!RSVP
Want to refresh your garden this year? Come during open hours and receive compost, 10 packets of seeds, seedlings and materials to restart your garden this spring! Come visit our West Chicago Resource Center on the most beautiful day of the year in West Chicago! The Blooming Fest is a celebration of the season, and we'll be redistributing seeds and seedlings for our Year 2 and Year 3 clients. If you are a client and would like to pick up seeds again, please RSVP here.RSVP
Join The GardenWorks Food Readers Book Club's summer meeting to discuss the highly acclaimed book, Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It. Food is at the center of national debates about how Americans live and the future of the planet. Not everyone agrees about how to reform our relationship to food, but one suggestion rises above the din: We need to get back in the kitchen. Amid concerns about rising rates of obesity and diabetes, unpronounceable ingredients, and the environmental footprint of industrial agriculture, food reformers implore parents to slow down, cook from scratch, and gather around the dinner table. Making food a priority, they argue, will lead to happier and healthier families. But is it really that simple? In this riveting and beautifully-written book, Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott take us into the kitchens of nine women to tell the complicated story of what it takes to feed a family today. All of these mothers love their children and want them to eat well. But their kitchens are not equal. From cockroach infestations and stretched budgets to picky eaters and conflicting nutrition advice, Pressure Cooker exposes how modern families struggle to confront high expectations and deep-seated inequalities around getting food on the table.Based on extensive interviews and field research in the homes and kitchens of a diverse group of American families, Pressure Cooker challenges the logic of the most popular foodie mantras of our time, showing how they miss the mark and up the ante for parents and children. Romantic images of family meals are inviting, but they create a fiction that does little to fix the problems in the food system. The unforgettable stories in this book evocatively illustrate how class inequality, racism, sexism, and xenophobia converge at the dinner table. If we want a food system that is fair, equitable, and nourishing, we must look outside the kitchen for answers.RSVP
Your Garden has worked hard this growing season; time to show it some love! Join us and our expert to learn various ways to property replenish your garden's depleted resources. We will discuss; the proper removal of old plants, the incorporation of compost, the process of starting a cover crop and the application of various mulches to keep your garden beds nice and cozy till Spring. In addition, we will have our Fall seedling sale after the presentation - please purchase your seedlings at our pre-sale, or on the day of the event, and refresh your garden to produce through November!RSVP
Save your back and let your yard do all the work- every year! By incorporating edible landscapes and permaculture techniques into your yard, you can have an ample harvest year after year with no more than an initial planting and a little annual pruning. Join us and learn from our experts the type of plants that produce best in our region and how to utilize your land to its maximum ability, capacity and beauty.RSVP