All Events

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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.

  • Organic Seedling Presale

    • Sunday, April 01, 2018 at 08:00 AM – May 15, 2018
    • Online at http://www.gardenworksproject.org/shop

    Start your garden organically at our Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale!

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    We will also have plants available onsite at the seedling sale while supplies last. 

    The GardenWorks Project Organic Seedling Sale
    May 19, 2018
    9am-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 tina@gardenworksproject.org and let us know! We will provide you with a free tshirt to wear the day of the Fest.

  • 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
    • 4 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
    • 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
    • 2 people are going
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