Forest Park Community Garden is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things our garden plans to do with your donations:
"Forest Park Community Garden is located in Forest Park, Illinois, a small Village 8 miles from downtown Chicago. Before FPCG was established in 2008, there were no resources for Forest Park residents who wanted to garden but didn't have a place to do so. Forest Park Community Garden's mission is to educate the community on how to build organic sustainable food systems, to provide fresh organic produce to needy families and to beautify our community through gardening. The garden is located on approximately 1 acre of public land and consists of 51 raised garden plots, a charity garden area, and perennial native plant gardens. Currently there are approximately 25 individuals and families who use the garden to grow their own food. Also, other volunteers grow produce that is donated to the local food pantry. A variety of events are held throughout the year including garden picnics, educational classes, and our very popular annual seed swap. "
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Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.
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