Feb 21, 2018

February Newsletter

2017 Gratitude Report Released

everyone deserves fresh produce

2017 Gratitude Report Released

Dear friends and supporters-

We recently released our 2017 Annual Gratitude Report. Check it out to learn more about what we were able to accomplish last year with all your help. Please consider donating today so we can exceed our goals this year! 

Our annual volunteer Kick-off Meeting will be held on April 18th. RSVP today if we can count on your support this year. 


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




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.  

Find out more by clicking here and sign up today! You can also sign-up at one of our upcoming events



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. 

In 2018, after a successful pilot year, we will be continuing our Community Gardening Program, and will be choosing another 5 new organizations to establish or expand a community garden in their chosen area.  For more information please email [email protected].

Save the date: May 19th

Social_Media_Post_Image.JPGThe GardenWorks Project will hold an Organic Vegetable Seedling Sale and Used Tool Giveaway in conjunction with Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago. Blooming Fest is a celebration of Spring, with many vendors selling plants and gardening supplies, delicious food, and entertainment. The GardenWorks Project will make seedlings will available for pre-order on our website with sales benefiting low-income families participating in our Home Gardening Program. For those who wish to garden at home but cannot afford tools, we will have a large assortment of free tools including shovels, hoes, and takes. More details coming soon.



For the next few months, we want you to get to know our board.

davidr.jpgDavid Rhodes, President
David started with The GardenWorks Project in 2016, and he’s been a gardener for almost 20 years. He finds building gardens and coaching clients a great way to apply that passion, helping to help others see how easy and rewarding growing your own food can be. David earned his BA from Rice University and his MBA from Texas Tech University. Most of his career has been leading software development teams in Chicago’s financial services. David will apply his passion and skills in growing food at home in his role as Director of Programs. He misses Texas during the cold months since that usually means sidelining both gardening and golf.


Jess.jpgJess Buttimer
Jess has a long history of exploring and exploiting new technologies to digitize, organize, and optimize. It all began with a database for her dad's tools, transitioned to CRM systems for Nuveen Investments, and culminated in a custom intranet for User Centric (now GfK). Jess now tinkers with technology for The GardenWorks Project, Prairie Food Co-op, and her PTA. Fond childhood memories of eating straight from the garden and a desire for local, organic, and sustainable food prompted Jess to grow an edible and native landscape at her Glen Ellyn home. Her two daughters love to dig in the dirt, sight new blooms, and harvest fresh and flavorful produce. It's a taste and a memory Jessica wishes for all families so she has been volunteering with GardenWorks since 2014.


On behalf of The GardenWorks Project, thank you for helping us fight hunger from the ground up.