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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:

  • Harvest Against Hunger

    • Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    • College of DuPage
    • Ticket Required
    • 19 people are going

    Celebrate the harvest with The GardenWorks Project on Saturday, September 29th at 5:00PM for its annual Harvest Against Hunger fundraiser dinner at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn. This year's event will feature the following:
    •  Harvest-themed food featuring seasonal items from Mighty Greens Farm;
    •  Signature cocktails featuring locally grown produce;
    •  Garden Tours of COD's Urban Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture demonstration gardens;
    •  Music and entertainment;
    •  Raffles and much more!
    Tickets are $50 per person and your participation will support the work GardenWorks is doing in your community to nourish neighbors in need.  Purchase your tickets today, as space is limited!  
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  • Talking S*!t with Steve

    Steve Passarelli lives in West Chicago and has been gardening and composting for over thirty years. This presentation will cover the basics of composting as well as a question and answer session. Discussion will include what materials to use, ideal placement, tending the piles, when compost is ready, and how to use it. There will also be a double compost bin on display with free plans that include a material/cut list.

    Just in time for Fall, we will be discussing how to turn leaves into leaf mold, which will be a wonderful amendment to next seasons gardens.