Summer Garden

Learn to Grow and Harvest in the Fox Valley Food for Health (FVFFH) Gardening Program

Spring is here and we are once again looking forward to growing vegetables for our Healthy Meals program.  For the past 3 years, Kautz Farm in Geneva generously donated garden plots for our use. Our teen and adult volunteers worked together in the organic gardens all spring and summer to grow vegetables from seed to harvest. These gardens produced hundreds of pounds of healthy vegetables for our meals. Thank you to Kautz Farm for their past support and generosity.

This year, we are now partnering with Mooseheart Child City and School in Batavia to expand our gardening program. Mooseheart is a home for children and teens in need from infancy to high school. The Mooseheart campus contains large garden plots and a greenhouse. FVFFH will now be gardening at the Mooseheart garden plots so we can continue to educate and train teens about the benefits of organic gardening and healthy eating.

Our gardening team includes Mooseheart educators, master gardeners, dietitians and skilled home gardeners working together to grow, harvest and teach teens about organic gardening, healthy food preparation, food safety and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables.

PLEASE JOIN US this summer at Mooseheart to plant and harvest organic produce for our Healthy Meals program. We welcome all teen and adult volunteers regardless of skill level. We especially invite teens with little or no previous gardening experience.

Starting in June, we will meet at the garden each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Adults and teen volunteers will be growing and harvesting vegetables for use in our kitchen. Our Healthy Meals program provides nourishing meals for clients and families dealing with serious illness.

Directions to Mooseheart

Mooseheart is on Rt. 31 in Batavia.  It’s on the west side of the road just north of Mooseheart Rd.  When you enter you must stop at the Guard Shack and provide your license plate number to the attendant.  You will be given a visitor pass for your dash.  Follow ahead to the statue of the man and child.  Take the left around the circle and take Child’s Dream for two blocks.  You will pass Brookline and the next stop sign is Friendship lane, continue to greenhouse and garden will be on the left.

 

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How do I volunteer?

First Step: Fill out this online form - Online Form.

If this is not available to you, please download the teen volunteer forms or the adult volunteer formsand email them to sherri@cmsproductions.net or send them to FVFFH Box 532, Geneva Il 60134

Step 2: Commit to at least 1 day a week on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning from 8am-10am.

No experience required – just an enthusiastic attitude and a joy for being in nature. If you have any questions please contact our FVFFH Garden Coordinator Sherri Shallenberg at sherri@cmsproductions.net.