ED Transition Announcement

July 14, 2017, St.Charles, IL - The GardenWorks Project announced today that it is beginning a transition of Executive Director leadership. Tina Koral, the founder and current Executive Director, will be stepping down from her position this fall. Tina will join the Board, where she will continue to provide support for the new ED, as well as help the organization with fundraising, marketing and many other activities that leverage her deep experience and relationships in the area. Continue reading

The GardenWorks Project supports area organizations with gardening supplies

In an effort to increase the number of community and school gardens in DuPage County, The GardenWorks Project has awarded five area organizations with the supplies to build raised garden beds. The award includes materials to build a 4-foot by 8-foot raised garden on the organization’s property, vegetable seeds and seedlings.   Continue reading

One Big A** Garden - The DuPage Food Growers Network

by Tina Koral, Executive DirectorAccording to a recent survey by Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks, 55% of people identify fresh fruits and vegetables as the foods they most desire but aren’t receiving from their food pantry. Since 2012, The GardenWorks Project has built 132 raised-bed vegetable gardens for families in need of food pantry assistance in DuPage County. We know we will never be able to build a garden for EVERY family who needs one. After all, there are 74,000 people facing food insecurity in our County (1). Continue reading

2016 Annual Gratitude Report

2016 was an amazing year for us, and as we enter this season of thanks, we wish to thank everyone who made our work possible. Our clients, volunteers, donors, and community partners came together to make this year our most impactful ever. Continue reading

The GardenWorks Project, People Made Visible, and Healthy West Chicago announce partnership to increase accessibility to locally-grown produce

The GardenWorks Project, People Made Visible, and Healthy West Chicago have partnered to increase the accessibility of locally-grown produce to families facing food insecurity in the DuPage County area. People Made Visible, who operates a cultural center at 103 W. Washington St. in West Chicago, has made space available for The GardenWorks Project to open their Suburban Agriculture Resource Center. Continue reading

A New Mission and Vision for The GardenWorks Project

Dear Friends, I've been lucky enough to be part of a really wonderful and caring group of people who have come to be involved with The GardenWorks Project. For five seasons, we've been building raised bed gardens at the homes of families in need in the DuPage County area - 132 gardens, to be exact. We've given 516 individuals (almost half of those are children) access to homegrown vegetables and the skills to grow their own food for a lifetime. Save Continue reading

Fall Vegetables: From Garden to Table - Recipes

Last month, we welcomed Laura Walsh, RD of Walsh Nutrition Group to our Fall Vegetables: From Garden to Table class held at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn. Walsh explained uses for late-season crops and their benefits to our health and nutrition, and attendees participated in hand-on vegetable prep instruction and sampled Laura's amazing recipes. We've shared these recipes below for those who were not able to attend, and take it from us - they all were absolutely delicious and perfect for fall family cooking. Save Save Continue reading

A Little Each Day

by Sabrina Lear, volunteer since 2013 and GWP finance committee memberIt is this time of summer that my yard looks like a jungle and the garden is growing like a weed - or maybe there are really just too many weeds to tell the difference! Joking aside, often it can seem a chore to remember to weekly, if not daily get outside and weed. Sometimes it is the last thing you want to do after working all day. But, today I was reminded of the importance and why I enjoy doing so. Continue reading

A Holiday Wish

Dear Santa, We have been very good this year! Our volunteers built 40 new home vegetable for families facing food-insecurity in the DuPage County area. It was an incredible experience to build these gardens with the families, especially the kids who were so excited to play in the dirt and learn how to grow food in their own backyard! And while it didn’t really feel like work, because most of our volunteers live to garden, it was also challenging.   Continue reading

Get Into the Holiday Spirit with us at Cantigny Park

The GardenWorks Project is honored to have been selected as one of seven organizations to participate in the Robert R McCormick Museum Community Tree Program. The McCormick Foundation is granting us $2500 in support of our mission, and we have the chance to win $2500 more! Here's how: In the next couple of weeks, our volunteers will be decorating a Christmas tree within the Museum. Our tree will be located in the dining room of the McCormick mansion, located in Cantigny Park (1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL). Because of our organization's focus on improving the meals of families facing hunger by giving them the resources to grow food at home, it's fitting that the Museum is placing our tree in the dining room. Continue reading
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