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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.

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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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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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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2013 Garden Builds Complete!

With many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partnering organizations, growers, donors and participating families, we are so pleased to announce that 10 new gardens are up and growing! Three gardens from last year have also been refreshed, and our founding group of gardeners are ready to beat last year's yields. In all, 63 people in these 13 households will have access to fresh, organic, hyper-locally grown vegetables. Each family is matched up with a gardening coach who will ensure their success this summer.

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Veggie Donors

GardenWorks sends out a very special "Thank you!" to our generous veggie donors - Dan Hopkins, Donna Robbins, and Sweet Home Organics! Thanks to your generosity, we can fill our community garden space at Village Greens Park. The produce grown here will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Thank you to the Glen Ellyn Park District for donating to us the use of this space, and thank you to all of the volunteers who signed up to care for it thoughout the summer. We are amazed and humbled by your generosity and dedication to the elimination of hunger in DuPage County.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

A Million Thank You’s
A special thank you to all who came out to our volunteer orientation on April 11. It was thrilling to have such a large turnout, and we are truly amazed and humbled by your interest in GardenWorks and the cause of reducing hunger in our community.
Volunteer Opportunities
While we have matched up most of our garden recipients with volunteers to build their gardens and coaches to give advice throughout the season, we do have a few more volunteer openings. If you are interested in any of these spots for garden builds, email us.
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Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Join us to learn how you can be part of the GardenWorks DuPage project!


Thursday, April 11, 2013  7-8pm
Glen Ellyn Public Library, Meeting Room B

Do you enjoy vegetable gardening and want to share your passion with a family in need?  At our Volunteer Orientation meeting, you will learn more about GardenWorks DuPage and our plans for the future, sign up for May garden builds, and/or get matched to provide coaching to a family eager to learn to grow their own food.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot!

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