Welcome to the Itasca Garden Club's 2016 Giving Garden web site
2016 is turning into a great year for the Giving Garden
Remember to drop off or call for a pickup even if you have only one tomato. And also remember, it's not how much harvest you have, it's how many of you participate. 80 people with one or two tomatoes can help feed a lot of families.
A special thank you to the Itasca Park District for the use of their greenhouse.
Click on this linkDaily Herald 2012 to see the article that was in the July 2012 paper Click on this link Daily Herald 2010 to see the article that was in the 2010 Sunday paper.
You can drop off at 311 N Willow St. in the basket any time. I'll get it to the food pantry.
Supporting Itasca's Food Pantry is now easier than ever! Please join us in reinventing the giving garden. Get ready for 2016.
Instead of a "giving garden" being a location of an actual garden, why not make the "garden" our community? This is the goal of our adopt a plant garden concept. Your participation only requires you to grow oneplant at your house. We can even supply the plant. If everyone does one small good thing, together, it can become one large great thing. Your one plant will be multiplied by the participation of our community. Growing one tomato plant, or planting some green bean seeds in a small pot are things almost all of us can do with little effort and commitment and it's a great way to introduce your kids to gardening and charity.
This is how to get started: First of all, everyone who participates gets a "giving garden" stake. You decide excatly how you would like to participate. Option 1: You plant your own plant in your own garden and put the "giving garden" stake by the plant. Option 2: We supply the plant that you plant in your own garden. We have plant varieties that are just for gardens. Option 3: We supply the plant or seeds that you plant in your own pot. We have plant and seed varieties that are just for containers. Options 4: We supply the plant or seeds and a container for you to plant in. You supply the potting soil. We recomend Miracle-Gro Moisture Control potting soil. Option 5: For the elderly or disabled we will drop off a planted pot that you only need to water as needed.
This is how the harvest will work: When your plant begins to produce, Option 1: 1. Call, text, or email with your name and address. 2. Put your washed harvest in a bag or container by your front door by 5pm Friday's. If you chose to use a nice basket or container for pickup, we will not take your container. 3. We will go around town on Friday evenings picking up the giving garden produce and then drop it all off at the Food Pantry before 9am on Saturdays. Option 2: Drop off your produce during the week at 311 N Willow. Just leave in the basket by the front door. I will refrigerate it then deliver it on Saturday. Option 3: Drop your produce off at the Food Pantry Saturday by 9am.
Please join us in supporting the Itasca Food Pantry and their effort of helping those in need. Together we can make this years giving garden the largest and most productive ever!
To participate in Itasca's unique Giving Garden please contact: Call or text Marty Lundeen 630-215-5605 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your Name, Address, Contact info, and Option choice.
We can either drop off your supplies or you can pick them up at 311 N Willow, Itasca.
Business owners Support Itasca's giving garden effort by putting a plant in front of your business. Option 1: Plant a plant and we will give you a stake. Option 2: Buy a planted container from us that we plant for you for $25-$35. (our cost depending on style of container you want us to get for you) You water once a day during the week. We maintain and harvest.
This is not a fundraiser for Itasca Garden Club. This is only about getting fresh produce to the Itasca Food Pantry.
We have also planted traditional "giving gardens" at the community garden plots on Catalpa, and behind the red barn in the Nature Center. If you would like to help or tour a garden, please text or email. (or just go over and pull some weeds)
All the produce grown from this years giving garden project will go to the Itasca Food Pantry at Center and Willow Streets. They will also accept extra, fresh produce from any back yard garden. Drop off your washed produce at 9AM on Saturday mornings.
Check out the nice article about our 2010 garden that was in the Daily Herald's Sunday paper. Just click on this link Daily Herald article