Dear friends and supporters,
Happy New Year! We have been busy preparing for the 2018 season and cannot wait to get started and look forward to seeing everyone this year.
Our Food Growers Network Membership for 2018 is now open!
This membership-based network aims to build community within the food-growing community, offer learning opportunities to improve your annual harvest, and provide insight and expertise from partners and master gardeners. For $20 a year, your contribution will provide you with many benefits, but will also help support GardenWorks programs that support healthy eating, and improve food security for our neighbors in need.
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. We were proud to support five community gardens in 2017.
In 2018, after a successful pilot year, we will be continuing our Community Gardening Support Program, and will be choosing another 5 new organizations to establish or expand a community garden in their chosen area. For more information, (applications will be available starting February 1, 2018), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a passion for planning events? We are looking for help planning an exciting fundraising gala in October 2018. Interested in helping, sign up today!
For the next few months, we want you to get to know our board. Featured this month is our mother/daughter team of Kathy and Amy Hebert.
Kathy started gardening as a hobby 8 years ago with a flower garden featuring native plants. She has since planted for pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies and has added vegetable gardens. She finds gardening to be relaxing. Kathy is active in Special Olympics and Blessings in a Backpack. She became a volunteer with GardenWorks two years ago and enjoys seeing the excitement of the clients when a build is completed and when she goes back to visit the clients that she coaches. Kathy is a retired special education teacher and hopes to continue to use her teaching skills with GardenWorks.
Amy started gardening 8 years ago because she wanted to start a vegetable garden to support her love of cooking fresh food. It has grown from a few tomato and basil plants to a garden full of fresh vegetables. She has a BS in Health Science from Benedictine University and a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from UIC. She is an assistant professor of biology at Elmhurst College. In her free time she enjoys playing with her 2 Labs, cooking, gardening, watching the Packers and Cubs, and volunteering with various non-profits.
Want to join us on the board?
We are looking to add Directors to our Board, as well as a Treasurer. Our Board is very active and engaged in many ways - making connections in the community, fundraising, social media, representing the board at many of our events, and helping to set strategy for the organization.
On behalf of The GardenWorks Project, thank you for helping us fight hunger from the ground up.