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A beginner's guide to composting

I’ve been known to pilfer bags of chopped leaves from the curb around the neighborhood.

What - you don’t do the same?  If you lament the falling leaves every fall, don’t be dismayed. 

Compost.

It doesn’t have to be complicated.  

 

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Garden Reflection

It’s called the “World Community Garden''.   And, the name might surprise you for being located in Wheaton.  But, it fits.  This community garden at the Marian Park Mercy Housing site is home to 14 gardeners from 7 countries, speaking 7 native languages and growing varieties not often found in your typical grocery store.

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Fall Fundraiser

Every year, The GardenWorks Project holds its signature fall fundraiser, Harvest against Hunger. For the past two years, we have held the event virtually, and still had great success, selling out of tickets both years. We are delighted to celebrate this year with an in-person event at the College of DuPage!

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-against-hunger-2022-tickets-387507865457

 

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Garden Reflection

Lori connected with The GardenWorks Project in the fall of 2020. She had heard about the organization and its gardening program through the Birth to Three Program in West Chicago, and decided to submit an application.

 

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OVER $1.5 MILLION AWARDED BY THE CHICAGO REGION FOOD SYSTEM FUND TO 48 GRANTEES

(Chicago, IL – July 18, 2022) The Chicago Region Food System Fund today awarded $1.52 million to 48 grantees as part of its continuing efforts to bolster Chicago’s local food system against systemic shocks like COVID-19 and ongoing economic upheaval.

 

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Garden-Pantry partnership increases access to produce

During the 2021 growing season, Lisle Township Community Garden harvested and donated 1,100 pounds of fresh produce to The Lisle Township Food Pantry.

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Generosity Changes Everything

Food security and access are at the forefront of conversations and media attention as a global food crisis threatens the health of people around the world and right here at home.  

 

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The GardenWorks Project Joins Fresh Food Connect

The GardenWorks Project is launching Fresh Food Connect, a mobile app this spring to make it easier for home and community gardeners to donate a portion of their fresh grown produce to local food access organizations. 




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All right, I have a bit of a confession to make. Even though I have been involved with the GardenWorks Project for the past three years, as I feel strongly about fighting hunger, food security and food access, I am actually not a gardener.

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The GardenWorks Project

Four participating nonprofits receive grants from Robert R. McCormick Foundation, including The GardenWorks Project.

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Lewis has been gardening with The GardenWorks Project for three years at Bridge Communities as part of the organization's Home Gardening Program, which has built 525 home gardens and improved access to fresh produce for 2,094 individuals since 2012.


 

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The GardenWorks Project's newest garden at Downers Grove FISH Pantry improves access to fresh produce by supplementing what the volunteers rescue from local grocery stores and order from Northern Illinois Food Bank.


 

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