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10 Biggest Accomplishments of 2014

Tina Koral, Founder and Executive Director of The GardenWorks Project, lists her ten favorite 2014 accomplishments for the organization below.

 

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eNewsletter December 2, 2014

GIVING TUESDAY

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, giving us a chance to think of others and give to nonprofits that make a difference in our community. The GardenWorks Project has been providing food-insecure families with all of the resources they need to grow organic produce at home since 2012, and we have big plans for next year. But we need your help to make it happen. Please donate and help us continue to support these families, who are both in need of food assistance and have a strong desire to learn how to grow food at home.

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Cooking with Swiss Chard

Swiss chard may be new to you, and growing it in your garden is a great way to get to know this very nutritious food. It is full of vitamins A and C and protein, and is a super nutritious alternative to spinach, kale, and collards. It is best cooked, added to casseroles, pasta, and quiche or sautéed with onions and garlic. Here are some recipes for cooking the good-for-you green, Swiss chard.

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In the Community Garden, it's All About the Soil

In DuPage County, interest in community gardens is strong. Many individuals, churches, municipalities and park districts wish to start community gardens to help their community gain access to fresh produce.

Increasing the health of the soil in your community garden will increase produce yields. When developing the plan for your community garden, include strategies for improving soil health.

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Seed Starting and More...February Newsletter

START YOUR TOMATOES INDOORS!

SEED STARTING WORKSHOP

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10 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food and Help Others Grow Too

1.       It’s economical. Buy one package of 4 organic tomatoes for $4.99, or one tomato plant for $2.50 - $5.00 and get 50 tomatoes. Your savings are even greater if you grow veggies from seeds.

2.       You control what goes in. You decide if your food will be organic, GMO free, or grown from heirloom varieties. You food can be as "clean" as you want it to be.

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December Newsletter - Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE GARDENWORKS PROJECT

All of us at The GardenWorks Project wish you a very happy holiday season! We are so appreciative of the work of our dedicated volunteers and donors. It may be cold now, but we are dreaming about our spring vegetable gardens, and planning our garden builds for families in need in DuPage County and St. Charles. If you don’t already, follow us on facebook for current updates. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

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Fruit Tree Gleaning

Fruit Gleaning

Ever since The GardenWorks Project started back in early 2012, we’ve been talking about fruit tree gleaning. We’ve wanted to add a new component to the project, but frankly, once fruit tree harvesting time comes along, we’ve been too exhausted to even consider it, and it’s too late in the year to plan for it. We’re still intrigued by the thought of adding fresh fruit to the produce that we are able to offer our clients and local food pantries.

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Raised Bed Gardens for our Neighbors in Need

The GardenWorks Project provides families in need of food assistance with a 4x8’ raised garden bed in which to grow their own food at home. Some have asked – isn’t it easier and less expensive to plant right into the ground? Why would you incur the extra expense of purchasing wood and soil, and the extra volunteer labor needed to build the bed?

The quick answer is that we want our clients to be successful, and the combined gardening experience of our leadership and volunteers agree that gardens with raised beds are much easier to start, and grow healthier, more productive plants than ground-level beds. Here’s why:

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Answering the Call of Hunger in Chicago Suburbs

“Poverty Skyrockets in Chicago Suburbs” headlines recent findings from Heartland Alliance, a non-profit organization which advocates for those living in poverty. Their recent data show that the shift of poverty since the 1990’s has impacted suburban communities. Poverty is no longer a “problem” of the large metropolitan cities. If you live in the Chicago suburbs, it is right in your back yard.

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Answering the Call of Hunger in Chicago Suburbs

“Poverty Skyrockets in Chicago Suburbs” headlines recent findings from Heartland Alliance, a non-profit organization which advocates for those living in poverty. Their recent data show that the shift of poverty since the 1990’s has impacted suburban communities. Poverty is no longer a “problem” of the large metropolitan cities. If you live in the Chicago suburbs, it is right in your back yard.

The GardenWorks Project, a volunteer organization that builds vegetable gardens for families in need, is helping to address issues of poverty in and around DuPage County.. This county has seen its affluent status drop over the years as our poverty rates increase.  According to theHeartland Alliance poverty report, the poverty rate in DuPage County was 7.8% in 2011 – up 13.7% from 2010. Of those affected, children make up 11%.  And the number of neighbors in need continues to grow.

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The GardenWorks Project Newsletter - October 2013

Volunteer Event
 
Join us this Sunday morning, October 13th at 9:30 am at the Village Green Community Garden (130 S. Lambert Rd., Glen Ellyn). We will harvest the garden one last time, remove the plants, and roll up our wire fencing. This is your last opportunity in 2013 to get your hands dirty and help out The GardenWorks Project. The Community Garden was a huge success this year by providing organic, local produce to hundreds of families seeking assistance from area food pantries. If you’d like to help, email us at [email protected].  

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