Together We Can Make a Difference

Dear Friends-        On November 28, The GardenWorks Project is proud to participate in Giving Tuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities. Together, we can make a difference for DuPage area families who struggle to afford healthy meals.   Our 2018 goal will be to build 90 new home gardens and 5 community gardens for families facing food insecurity. Last year alone, we built 87 gardens and as a result, 332 individuals received access to a GardenWorks garden! With your support, we can reach or exceed those numbers this year!     Continue reading

Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving, will be November 28th this year!  While the garden season may be over, our board has been hard at work prepping for next year. In 2017 we built 87 gardens and look forward to matching or exceeding that number for next year. And we couldn't do it without your help! Thank you for all the time and financial support you gave in 2017 and we look forward to working with you again in 2018. Continue reading

The GardenWorks Project Announces New Executive Director

  The GardenWorks Project is thrilled to announce the selection of Jeannie Iseman as its new Executive Director. Jeannie follows founder and previous Executive Director, Tina Koral, who will now serve on the organization's board of directors.   Continue reading

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
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