It's brilliant in its simplicity. The GardenWorks project is helping hungry families by providing everything they need to grow their own vegetable gardens—including coaching.
But the program can use a hand. So an IndieGogo fund-raiser was set up online to raise money for The GardenWorks' 2014 gardening season. (It doesn't seem like it now, but spring really is just around the corner!)
The GardenWorks Project is spearheading efforts to raise $4,500 for its yearly operating budget, which includes building home vegetable gardens for 20 new families and providing fresh compost and vegetable plants for 10 families who received gardens last year. The GardenWorks Project also manages and maintains a community garden in Glen Ellyn that provides fresh produce to families who are not able to care for a home vegetable garden.
The GardenWorks Project provides all the resources a family would need to grow organic vegetables at home, promoting self-sufficiency, pride and good stewardship of the earth. All of the families are referred to The GardenWorks Project by area food pantries and social services organizations.
"After our success in 2013 helping 13 families in need and partnering with organizations such as Bridge Communities, People's Resource Center and the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, we are expanding our efforts throughout the western suburbs to help as many families as we can," said founder Tina Koral of St. Charles.
For more information, visit www.GardenWorksProject.org.