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Ensure a consistent harvest through the fall and early winter with a new supply of fall seedlings from One Seed One Plant. Pick-up will be on Thursday, July 26th at 7pm at the Resource Center, with a short presentation by One Seed One Plant, our seedling supplier. Enjoy a free packet of seeds just for coming by! 7pm-9pmThe GardenWorks Project Resource Center, 103 W. Washington St. West Chicago Seedling price: $1.50 each for Food Growers Network Members, $3 for nonmembers. Our organic seedling sale 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. Pre-order your seedlings now to ensure you get your top picks. Your order must be picked up on July 26th at the Fall Refresh Sale and Presentation or July 28th from 9am-noon- 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 appreciate your understanding. Save 50% on this item by becoming a Food Growers Network member for just $20. You’ll also get a tote bag and 20 free seed packets. Just add it to your cart before checking out. Thank you! Shop the presale today!
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. RSVP By July 25th! 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.
Join us August 4th for the first annual GardenWorks Community Garden Tour. The tour begins at 9:30 AM and will highlight a few of the many community gardens within our region doing good in our neighborhoods! 9:30 AM - The Elmhurst College Sustainability & Heritage Garden, 190 S. Prospect Ave, Elmhurst. 11:00 AM - Veteran's Therapy Garden, Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. 12:30 PM - The GardenWorks Project Demonstration Garden and Peace Jam Gardens, 401 West Washington, West Chicago. After the tour, please stay for refreshments and healthy cooking demonstration sponsored by Healthy West Chicago, using our garden harvest! If you're not part of the Food Growers Network, join today and then join us on August 4th for one or all three of the tours!
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.
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! Interested in sponsoring the event? Check out our corporate sponsor packet. Some FAQ's regarding the event: Will this be a formal event?We want this to be a celebration of the seasons, and we want to welcome everyone as they are. It will be a casual event at Homeland Security Building at COD. But come hungry - dinner will be served and vegetarian and vegan option will be available! Why the Homeland Security Technical Institute Building?COD has a "Street Scene" venue for their homeland security program trainings, and we booked all of "Main Street" for our event! We will be working over the next month to make the space spectacular, which will require moving the fire truck to make space for our guests. If you're interested, we'll even have tours of the facility on the day of the event. What will we be doing?We will enjoy food while we celebrate a successful summer of gardening for the food insecure. Students from COD that received support from The GardenWorks Project in 2017 for their community garden will present their work and progress on supplying their on-site fuel pantry, and we will be also have the privilege of viewing the Horticulture and Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program demo gardens and learning facilities with guided tours from staff and students. Will there be raffles? Yes! Stay tuned to social media and our newsletter for a listing of raffle baskets! Our latest is a four-some pass from Prairie Land Golf Course in West Chicago, a $400 retail value! Do I need to purchase tickets now? YES! Because COD's Culinary team plans on a creative display of small plates for the evening, they need to know our numbers to best accommodate our guests. So if you have not purchased tickets yet, reserve your spottoday as there is a max capacity at the venue! What if I have dietary restrictions? Can I still enjoy the dinner at the event? Here is the preliminary dinner menu - what a harvest it will be! This casual event will feature a series of small plates to enjoy while walking around with guests, taking tours, and listening to music. Also, we can accommodate for particular dietary restrictions and allergies - please email email@example.com if you have any specifics you need us to account for that night. What will be happening that night? I hear there are tours - can I take both tours? We will be meeting at the Homeland Security Education Center Building at the Street Scene venue. Weather permitting, we'll have garden tours of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Facility and Horticulture Learning Labs. In addition, we'll be in a state-of-the-art technical building for Homeland Security training, and the associate dean of programs will be giving tours. Feel free to take both tours if you'd like, and enjoy jazz music from a student ensemble, and we have 15 fantastic raffle prizes for the night! Speaking of raffles, we are grateful to have Ken Reif Artworks donate an original painting for our raffle (valued at $400). Check out his website - his artwork is nature-based, and here is an example of his stylistic work. Stay tuned to social media and our newsletter for additional raffle baskets!
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.
On Tuesday, November 27th, the nation will participate in an annual one-day fundraising event, #GivingTuesday. The GardenWorks Project will participate in this one-day campaign that we will call #GrowingTuesday, and we ask you to consider supporting us in the ways we are growing as an organization.
Join us in January; Sign up for the Food Growers Network and support all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need. This membership-based Food Growers Network aims to build community and provide resources to those growing food, offering learning opportunities to improve your annual harvest, as well as insight and expertise from partners and master gardeners. For $20 a year, your fee will provide you with many benefits - from seed and seedling discounts to courses and workshops - and help support GardenWorks programs that support healthy eating, and improve food security for our neighbors in need. By becoming a member of The GardenWorks Project Food Growers Network, you’ll have access to gardening resources through our Suburban Agriculture Resource Center (inside Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., West Chicago). We welcome you to partner with us and the DuPage County gardening community to start or expand your home or community garden.
Join us as we sort through all of our seed donations and organize our resource center in preparation of the busy garden season. In addition to sorting seeds, we will be counting and organizing supplies in our resource center. Enjoy casual conversation with like minded volunteers. If you are part of our Food Growers Network, you can also choose your seeds while sorting.
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