When we say rescue we mean the network of home gardeners that we've established since the summer of 2015. Home gardeners wanting to share their excess yields with our small network of select families - garden yields we've rescued in order to connect them with neighbors who stand to benefit most from having access to them. Our Home Gardeners have accounted for nearly half of the garden shares we've distributed to date!
We've grown from our original host patch, at Safety Village, that first season to establish nine additional garden patches around our community this year so we can assist more families and introduce our neighbors to the power of growing one's own food.
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We're working to see that hunger has no place here in Darien.
Our Sunny Patch Community Container Garden is located on the grounds of Safety Village of Darien (7400 Cass Ave., Darien) Without the Hagens (Cindie and Dave) agreeing to act as the inaugural host location for this project, there probably wouldn't be any Sunny Patch Project - thank you so very much Cindie and Dave for letting us explore how we might best assist our neighbors!
The operative word here is container garden - these are not raised beds or in ground garden plots. The soil we used in our Patches was donated by Hinsdale Nursery in Willowbrook! Special thanks to Marlena and the crew there at Hinsdale Nursery! We received some additional soil to complete our Patches from the City of Darien. Tameling's also stepped up to further support our project with some additional mushroom compost, this on top of their initial generous support of over six yards of mulch to prepare our grounds - thank you Dave!
In our first season we planted over 68 containers or Patches as we like to refer to them. We also utilized some of the open spaces and experimented with planting some of our winter hardy crops in those spaces. All of the vegetables and fruits grown on the grounds are accessible by the registered families throughout the growing season.
The aerated containers or Patches as were calling them are Made in the U.S.A. by High Caliper Growing System in Oklahoma City, OK.
We recently received another 18 of our Patches (growing containers) from our friends at High Caliper. They're excited about how we're working to expand to open spaces and provide access to more families in the community.
Thank you High Caliper Growing System, especially Karen Murphy!
There are a few families/friends that we have to mention here because without them, our Sunny Patch Project could never succeed-they donated either their time and/or made a financial donation to support our work in recent months-
There were a number of other volunteers and neighbors who stepped forward to assist throughout the season and we hope you know who you are and we look forward to reconnecting for Season Two!
We'd love to appeal to any of you who already garden and ask that you consider sharing any leftover garden yields you may have with our Sunny Patch Project.
If you'd be willing to register your home garden patch with our project, we'll just need a few details from you and the pinky promise that you'll consider sharing some of your yield when those tomatoes and cucumbers are swinging from the vines! We'll have harvest drop locations later in the season and will make those dates/times available to anyone who registers a Home Patch with our project!
You can visit our menu bar and click on the new Home Patch Sign-up Tab and share your contact information there or contact us as shown below:
If you have any questions about our Sunny Patch Project or care to register your Home Patch - email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-272-0915.