Peterson Garden Project 30 Days of Doing Seeks Volunteers

Photo courtesy of Peterson Garden Project

Peterson Garden Project is seeking sponsors, partners and participants to support 30 Days of Doing, an action campaign to be held between October 15 and November 15 to build new, pop-up victory gardens, harvest existing gardens, donate to food and nutrition partners, learn about how food gardening and home cooking education makes a difference in people’s lives and raise funds for scholarships and Grow2Give food donation program for 2017.

       Community building, volunteering, sponsorship and excitement are in store as the Peterson Garden Project works toward their mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food.

       Garden gleaning involves going into the gardens after they close for the season and pick (glean) whatever is left and donate it to our food and nutrition partners—mostly fresh produce and herbs in time for Thanksgiving. Fresh Fridays are events for seniors with a dietician from Swedish Covenant Hospital talking with a resident chef about how food impacts health along with a cooking demonstration.

       There are plenty of opportunities to get involved: volunteer in the garden, sign up for a cooking class, come by for a drink at an Inspiration Eve, enjoy dinner at an Underground Harvest Supper and much more. Those that can’t attend the events can still be part of the 30 Days of Doing by donating to the online campaign at

       There’s a Grewbie 102 Class on October 15; Sundays with Seniors Cooking Class (all ages welcome) October 16; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater October 18; Inspiration Eve on October 19; Canning 101: Pickles October 20; Fresh Fridays: Cancer-Fighting Foods October 21; All Garden Work Day ( and Glorious Garlic in the Garden Class October 22; Stories from the Garden Chicago Ideas Week Lab October 23; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater October 25; Inspiration Eve October 26; Herbs 101 Cooking Class October 27; Mulch Magic Garden Class October 29; and Garden Build October 30.

       Also consider these events: Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Market, in Edgewater on November 1; Fresh Fridays: Brain Foods November 4; Garden Build  and Fermentation 101: Homemade Vinegar November 5; Sundays with Seniors Cooking Class November 6; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater and Garden Gleaning November 8; Garden Gleaning and Inspiration Eve November 9; a symposium, Garden Gleaning, and Underground Harvest Supper, November 10; Community Gardens Take Action Against Hunger Symposium November 12; Garden Gleaning November 13; Garden Gleaning November 14; and Baking 101: Quick Breads November 15.

Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Those that want to make a hands-on difference in the local food movement and connect directly with active community members should call 1-855-747-4769, ext. 5, email [email protected] or visit for more information. View the schedule at See ad on page 19.

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