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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.

  • Hot Pepper Challenge

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 09:00 AM – October 01, 2018
    • In your garden!

    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

  • Harvest Canning Workshop

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Suburban Agriculture Resource Center
    • 7 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
    • 4 people are going
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