We started our Sunny Patch Project when we learned that over 43% of families in Darien School District 61 are struggling with food insecurity. We committed to raising awareness about this troubling issue any way we could and we've worked since the winter of 2014 to engage our community on this subject.
We spent the summer of 2015 starting the first-ever community garden patch in Darien as another way to further engage the community on the subject of families here struggling to access food, especially garden fresh foods. We worked with a number of these families throughout the summer to plant container garden patches with a variety of vegetables. Registered families, identified through area district social workers, were able to access all garden yields grown at the Sunny Patch Community garden throughout the season.
We're always looking for neighbors who may be willing to get involved - either here at the Sunny Patch or simply joining on to share home garden yields as well. Please contact us at 630-272-0915 if you're in a position to help. You can also click on the new links on our main menu to the left and sign-up to either Volunteer at the Patch or join in as a Home Patch contributor!