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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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I Can Grow Vegetables! A Coloring and Activity Book

Tending to a vegetable garden is a great way to teach kids how plants grow and where food comes from. And we are convinced that kids will be more adventurous with new foods at the dinner table if they had a part in growing the food. Even though we can't get kids out into the garden just yet (at least not here in Chicago), we can start teaching them to grow food. 

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36 Hours Left in 2013 Fundraising Campaign!

There are only 36 hours left in our GardenWorks 2013 fundraising campaign. That means you only have 36 hours to become one of our founding supporters and get some great GardenWorks perks!

Yes, with your help, we have reached our goal of $2000. We WILL build ten gardens for ten new families this May, and refresh the gardens we built last year. But we are not stopping there! In these last few hours, we are trying to reach $2500 to build two more gardens, and to provide for some education and outreach. 

You still have a chance to be part of a grassroots effort to help families in need grow their own food. Visit our indiegogo fundraising page, watch the video, and choose to make a difference!

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We Did It!

Thanks to the help of our amazing founding supporters, we have met our 2013 fundraising goal! We are thrilled to be able to build ten gardens to ten families, supplying them with a raised bed garden, soil, compost, plants, seeds, and garden tools. We will also refresh our gardens from last year with fresh compost, plants, and seeds. All of our families will receive garden coaching throughout the season to help ensure a bountiful harvest. And we could not do this without your help. Thank you!!!

Our indiegogo campaign is still live for another 11 days, so we are trying to raise another $500 to provide instructional gardening books to our families, do some project outreach, and possibly build another two gardens. If you have not had a chance to donate, there is still time to do so, and get great GardenWorks perks!

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Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign, Now Live!

The GardenWorks fundraising campaign is now LIVE on Indiegogo! Please hop over there and take a look to see how you can make a difference in the life of a needy family by helping them grow their own food. Check out the perks, available for each contribution level!

Click here -----> GardenWorks fundraising page on Indiegogo

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New Look!

Hey, look up! Did you notice our new logo? It was designed by my friend Katie. She's a friend of a friend who has done some design work for me in the past, and I am always impressed by her work and how she can take what I'm thinking and create an image that gets the message across.


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2013 Partners

We are so happy to announce that we have made some exciting partnerships for the 2013 season. For the second year, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry will help us identify needy families who are interested in growing their own food. We will also be working with People's Resource Centerand Bridge Communities clients! We are so thankful for the staff at these three organizations for taking the time to meet with us and plan for next year.

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Message from Tanya Denckla Cobb

You may remember from my first post that I attribute the idea for starting the GardenWorks project to Tanya Denckla Cobb's book, Reclaiming Our Food. A few months ago, I wrote Ms. Cobb to let her know how inspired I was by the stories of grassroots change in food production and distribution, and she quickly wrote back to thank me. Recently, she wrote about my note on her blog: 

It’s a rare privilege for a writer to learn that a book has changed someone’s life. Over the years, I’ve received everything from profuse thanks to cranky complaints about my books. Most anyone who takes the time to write an author is usually doing it because they were moved in some way.

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GOAL-SETTING, FUNDRAISING, AND BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS, OH MY!

Things have been quiet with the GardenWorks project, but we are ramping up for a big 2013! Goal-setting, fundraising, and building partnerships are happening behind the scenes, and I'm excited to share new information about next year.

Perhaps the most important news is that I have some great volunteers lined up for the 2013 growing season. A new friend with a strong interest in vegetable gardening and passion for the cause has teamed up with me to plan for next year, and volunteers from last year have agreed to help us again. One of the recipients of a garden earlier this year promised to help build next year, which was incredibly rewarding to hear. I've also met some new friends since my little one started kindergarten who are ready to dig in. And, my daughter's Daisy troop will be building a garden as a service project in the spring! It's exciting and humbling to have so many people interested in helping others in our community through this project. 

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