Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting

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Want to make a difference in your community? It's amazing the impact just one hour of your time at a garden build can make for a family who relies on food pantries and wants to grow food at home.

At our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, you can:

  • sign up for our spring 2017 garden builds and garden coaching
  • learn from presenters from two local nonprofits who will inspire you make the best of your garden this year
  • select seeds for your home garden
No gardening experience is necessary to be a garden builder, and it's a great way to learn how to build raised beds for your own home. Got gardening experience? You could sign up to mentor families in your community. We are also in need of volunteers who have pickup trucks to help us deliver bagged soil to our clients. You can sign up for any of these volunteer roles at the meeting, and help make our spring garden builds a success! 

Meeting Agenda

7:00    Brief introduction to The GardenWorks Project, and what to expect on the day of the garden build

7:20    Sign up for garden builds and other opportunities in your area and grab a t-shirt. Builds only take an hour and children are welcome!

7:45    Jodi Trendler, The Resiliency Institute - From Lawns to Forest Gardens
Are you working for your yard or is your yard working for you? Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable food production system based on woodland ecosystems. The perennial based forest garden is designed with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting in guilds—which are then intermixed to grow in a succession of layers—builds a self-sustaining edible Eden. With the growing demand on our water supply and natural resources, forest gardens will be a logical step to replacing resource intensive manicured lawns in order to improve personal and community resilience.

8:10   Lindsay Zimmerman, Sustain DuPage - Creating a "Stone Soup" Communal Garden
Creating a community garden can be a daunting task when faced with so many initial questions, like what will you plant, where are you going to get supplies and resources, and how are you going to organize work days and split up the harvest? Trying to solve these issues in our own Victory Garden, Sustain DuPage turned to the "stone soup" method. Based on the classic folk story where people modestly donate only what they can, it proves that through collaboration and small efforts we achieve things beyond our individual means in a way where everyone benefits. We'll discuss how this story became strategy in every aspect of our garden, from planning to harvest, and how it helped foster and celebrate community.

8:30   Members of our Food Growers Network are invited to select seeds for your garden. Sign up at the meeting or sign up here.

 


 

The GardenWorks Project relies on the time and talents of those in our community who are dedicated to helping our food-insecure neighbors. Most volunteer work requires only about an hour of your time, but this hour makes a huge difference in the lives of families who are in need. Our garden builds are great opportunities for families to volunteer together (no experience is required, and volunteers of all ages are welcome to build with us). The meeting is free, but please RSVP.

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