We are raising funds to provide 10 needy families the tools they need to grow fresh, organic produce in their yard or balcony.
GardenWorks is a project that was launched in 2012 when Tina Koral decided she wanted to share her love of vegetable gardening by giving needy families in our community the tools to grow their own healthy, organic, fresh vegetables at home. Tina funded this mission on her own and with help from the local food pantry, she found four families who wished to have gardens of their very own. Tina, and a team of volunteers, including her husband and two kids, installed the gardens and met some awesome families along the way. This year, Tina teamed up with Rosemarie, another experienced backyard food gardener from Wheaton, and the two are combining their skills and passion for the project to serve more families in 2013.
GardenWorks serves needy families or individuals who have a suitable area to garden -- whether it be a south facing yard or balcony -- build their very own vegetable garden to provide fresh food to their families. This year, our goal is to help 10 local families and apply for 501c3 nonprofit status. To accomplish this goal, we have teamed up with three local social service organizations and have stepped up our fundraising efforts. We hope you'll support this work by becoming a backer! If we surpass our goal, we will use the extra funds to provide more gardens for more families.
What Your Support Provides
Each family will receive a 4x8' raised bed garden (or balcony garden kit) at no cost. We will also provide soil, compost, vegetable plants, and garden coaching throughout the season to help ensure a great harvest.
We are grateful for the collaboration and support of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, People's Resource Center, and Bridge Communities. These local organizations are working with us to identify local residents in need, connect with volunteers, and spread the word about this project.
Why We Do This Work
We believe access to fresh, healthy food is important for families in our community and that owning and tending to your own vegetable garden reduces hunger, improves health by promoting organic produce and exercise, teaches children about where food comes from, strengthens families, and teaches self-reliance.
Last year, one of our recipients, Maria, asked for plants that reflected her diet and culture, including tomatoes, cilantro, chiles and sweet peppers. On planting day, Maria was so thankful to have received her garden, that she promised to volunteer for GardenWorks next year. A perfect example of paying it forward, and what this project is all about.
You Can Help
Back this project and picking up some great GardenWorks loot at the same time!
Please help us make our goal by becoming a backer and by passing this on to your friends, family and networks. Facebook, Twitter and e-mail are all great ways to do this. We also have volunteer opportunities availabe and hope you'll get involved.
Thank you so much for supporting the work that is so important to us!
We invite you learn more about us on our website, www.gardenworksdupage.org.
~ Tina & Rosemarie, GardenWorks
Team on This Campaign: