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Club member participating in last year’s garden program

Despite the Fairgrounds Unit being closed to comply with Governor Pritzker’s coronavirus stay-at-home order, staff and key volunteers met at the clubhouse last weekend to assemble garden boxes.

This was necessary because the new clubhouse site (former St. Paul Lutheran School) didn’t have above ground garden boxes like we did at the previous clubhouse location.

So, why can’t all of this wait until the stay-at-home order is lifted?

Quite simply . . . Mother Nature is in control of growing seasons. So, if there is going to be a garden program for Club members who attend the Fairground unit, then we need to continue preparing by:

  • assembling garden boxes
  • talking with Master Gardeners by phone about plant selection
  • starting seeds
  • planting the garden (if the stay-at-home order remains in effect past Mother’s day which is a traditional planting time)

This program is made possible in part by a Growing Together Illinois grant and a collaboration with the University of Illinois Extension and Master Gardener program. It is part of the Club’s Healthy Lifestyles programming which in part aims to help young people:

  • learn how to grow healthy food (e.g. plant, cultivate & harvest)
  • eat healthy
  • work as a team
  • give back to the community

In addition to eating out of the garden, Club members plan on giving some of what is grown away to the neighborhood from their roadside vegetable stand outside of the clubhouse at the end of the season.

In the meantime, staff and volunteers will continue working and preparing and doing so while social distancing and public health best practices.

Welcome Spring!