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  • donated via 2018-05-13 05:34:13 -0500

    Give Monthly to The GardenWorks Project

    You give monthly. We grow stronger in our fight against hunger.

    2018 is an important year for The GardenWorks Project, as we increase our client base and expand our presence with community partners.  Your monthly gift provides resources that make an immediate impact.  

    Monthly giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support The GardenWorks Project. You are in total control. You can easily start, change or stop your gift at any time online. You’ll receive less mail because we don’t need to send you reminders — which means more of your gift goes directly to support families in need.

    Join our most forward-thinking supporters and help provide the sustained resources needed to accelerate the pace and scale of The GardenWorks Project's support of all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.

     

    Please make your monthly 2018 contribution online with our secure payment method.

    Do you prefer to make a single payment? Click here.


    Since 2012, your contributions have helped us to build 214 gardens for our food insecure neighbors.  The majority of our clients often don’t know where their next meal is coming from and turn to food pantries in an effort to provide sustenance for their families.  By continuing to support The GardenWorks Project, you’re offering these families the opportunity to grow organic vegetables, learn sustainable food growing methods, and feel the pride of self-sufficiency. Read our Annual Gratitude Report to learn more about what we accomplished with your help in 2017.


    Does your business wish to support The GardenWorks Project? See our Corporate Sponsorship Program information.

    Choose The GardenWorks Project as your charity of choice on Amazon, and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase!

    Our sincerest thanks to you for supporting the work that is so important to us all.

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  • donated via 2017-08-20 10:43:58 -0500

    Support the GardenWorks Project

     

     

    You give. We grow.

    Why support The GardenWorks Project?

    • To make healthy food more accessible to families facing food insecurity.
    • To supplement a child's nutrition with fresh produce over the summer.
    • To empower households to grow for themselves.
    • To donate garden harvests to neighbors in need.

    We can't do this without your help. Click here to watch our 2018 video and help us fight hunger from the ground up.

     

    Your gift makes an immediate impact.  

    $20 provides all plants and seeds to nourish a family all summer

    $50 provides cedar boards and hardware used to build a 4' x 8' garden bed

    $100 provides soil, compost, seedlings and all tools necessary for one garden

    $200 gives a raised bed garden, soil, plants, seeds, and other supplies to a family who is both in need of food assistance, and has a desire to learn to grow organic food at home

    Please make your contribution online with our secure payment method or if you prefer, mail your payment to The GardenWorks Project, PO Box 615, West Chicago, IL 60186.

    Do you prefer to give monthly?  Visit our monthly giving page.


     

    Since 2012, your contributions have helped us to build 256 gardens for our food insecure neighbors. The majority of our clients often don’t know where their next meal is coming from and turn to food pantries. By supporting The GardenWorks Project, these families can grow organic vegetables, learn sustainable food growing methods, and feel the pride of self-sufficiency. Read our Annual Gratitude Report to learn more about what we accomplished with your help in 2017.


    Does your business wish to support The GardenWorks Project? See our Corporate Sponsorship Program information.

    Choose The GardenWorks Project as your charity of choice on Amazon, and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase!

    Our sincerest thanks to you for supporting the work that is so important to us all.

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  • wants to volunteer 2017-07-09 23:13:21 -0500

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  • published Produce for Pantries in Services 2017-03-13 22:35:09 -0500

    Produce for Pantries Program

    According to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau, 42.2 million Americans are living in food insecure households, including 13.1 million children. Food pantry clients are at the highest risk for inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, as the non-perishable foods that fill the shelves do not provide the nutrients of fresh produce. In order to improve food access in our community, The GardenWorks Project emphatically encourages home and community gardeners to donate excess harvest to food pantries.

    There are approximately 42 million home and community gardeners in the U.S., with estimates of 11.47 billion pounds of excess produce annually. Based on estimates that individuals should consume 415 pounds of vegetables per year, the excess produce that can be donated by gardeners could potentially provide vegetables for over 27.5 million people. IMG_5868.JPGHome gardeners in DuPage County can make a difference by expanding their gardens for the purpose of donating their extra produce to a local food pantry. 

    Increasing yields is simple with the resources provided by the GardenWorks Project Food Growers Network. We offer our members access to gardening tools, seeds, books, and discounts on seedlings and raised bed garden frames.

    To find the food pantry in your area, visit our Community Partners page. 

    When you find yourself with extra produce throughout the year, consider donating to your local food pantry. Your produce can inspire more growers and provide healthy food for the 74,000 food insecure in DuPage County. Any amount of produce is helpful and needed.

     

    Helpful Tips for Donating Homegrown Produce

    Harvesting

    • The best time to harvest is in the morning before veggies heat up too much.
    • For leafy greens, pull off damaged or yellowed leaves at harvest. Submerge them in cool water to remove heat shortly after harvest to prevent wilting.
    • If harvesting more than 12 hours before you plan to make a delivery, see chilling storage tips below.
    • Not all produce should be washed after harvest, see the guide below.
    • Rule of thumb for produce quality: donate produce that you would eat. Some holes and light damage is okay; no bugs.

    Washing/Chilling After Harvest

    • Wash (if needed) and refrigerate: All greens, bok choi, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leeks, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, parsnips, beans, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, squash
    • Wash but don't chill: Potatoes, sweet potatoes (dry thoroughly and store in dark, dry place)
    • Don't wash, do refrigerate: Peas, corn, okra
    • Don't wash or refrigerate: Tomatoes, garlic, onions

    Transporting to the Food Pantry

    • Contact the pantry in your area to ask the days/hours that they accept donations.
    • If possible, bundle produce into 1 pound bags or rubber band in 1 pound bunches. Loose produce is welcome at most places as well, call first to check.
    • Please deliver produce in a clean bin, most pantries will have a bin to transfer it into upon arrival.
    • Send us an email at info@gardenworksproject.org and let us know what you donated, and to what pantry. It helps us to have an idea of how much produce gets donated from folks in the GardenWorks Food Growers Network.
    • Ask to volunteer at the pantry if you'd like!

     


    Related reading: Ahmed, Selena and Byker Shanks, Carmen. Stop Wasting Food: Ending Hunger by Donating Excess Garden Produce. Ampleharvest.org


  • So, What Happened at the Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting?

    We know many of you were not able to make it to our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting on April 14, so we will give you a recap.

    First of all, we were thrilled that 60 people attended! It was great to see our returning volunteers and new faces! We are very thankful that our mission of building home vegetable gardens for families in need of food pantry assistance is one that resonates with you, and that you wanted to get involved and get your hands dirty!

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  • 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.

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  • published A Holiday Wish in News 2016-07-25 11:10:51 -0500

    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.

     

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