Each spring, the GardenWorks Project helps families facing food-insecurity in DuPage County by building home vegetable gardens and providing organic gardening education.
Explore the Difference Home Gardens Make
How does our program help fight food insecurity?
In 2021, we installed 115 gardens, and empowered 359 individuals so that they can learn the gardening skills necessary to provide their families with healthy meals. Our clients, all reliant on emergency food assistance, received a 4’ x 8’ raised bed garden, soil, compost, seedlings, seeds and gardening tools, and access to all the educational tools needed to grow a successful garden from seed to harvest.
In addition, we provide all clients a standard set of plants and providing them with a garden map to show what was planted! This helps to ensure clients receive a full bed of vegetables.
We also promote self-sufficiency and good stewardship of the Earth by introducing our new clients to composting, seed starting, and garden vegetable preparation and cooking.