Forest Park Community Garden chosen for national nutrition campaign

Indigogo site to raise money for FPCC

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By Jean Lotus

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Three national organizations have reached out to Forest Park Community Garden to help generate funds to help the organization, said President and Co-founder Jessica Rinks.

The Whole Kids Foundation has joined an organic clothing company called PACT and crowd funding website Indigogo.com to create the Urban Gardens across America program.

Forest Park's garden was chosen as an urban-environment location encouraging residents to grow their own healthy foods.

"It's an awesome situation that sort of fell into our laps," Rinks said.

Forest Park resident Yvonne Williams applied to the PACT Foundation to become a "PACTivist" for the Community Garden.

Through the Indigogo crowd funding site, the garden hopes to raise $2,500 by Feb. 28, Williams said. So far, the site has raised $170.

Rinks said the garden hasn't earmarked what the money will be used for, but she's got an idea that it can be used to maintain the public space at the garden.

"A major goal this year is possibly hiring out the upkeep of the common garden areas," Rinks said. "We want to landscape the garden's perimeter by weeding it and making sure it looks nice," she said.

Volunteers concentrate on their own plots, Rinks said, so the maintenance of the common areas was inconsistent. "We've tried many schemes for volunteering, asking people to give three hours a year. But no matter who did, or didn't, we couldn't keep up with [the common areas]. It causes a lot of heartache," Rinks said.

"We want people who live nearby or walk nearby or see it and say, 'That's nice.'"

The garden was started with help from a grant from the Cook County Dept. of Health.

The Urban Gardens across America program chose Forest Park and a community garden in Chicago called Garden of Hope for the program.

The campaign hopes to "educate local communities on the benefits of living a nutritious lifestyle, show people how they can be activists in their own communities and empower others to bring ideas to life and raise funds through crowd funding," according to a press release.

You can find the online campaign link here: www.indiegogo.com/ForestParkCommunityGarden

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Yvonne Williams from Forest Park, IL  

Posted: February 26th, 2013 4:03 PM

Thank you Jerry for your commentary and support. Please go to: www.indiegogo.com/forestparkcommunitygarden.com This campaign will close Thursday, 11:59pm Pacifit Time. HOWEVER... With the next level of development, the Forest Park Public Library has committed to bring their outdoor learning venues to our garden!!! This Whole Kids Foundation fundraising platform is literally a seed planted right now alongside our kids to prepare for a new and exciting gardening season in Forest Park!!!

jerry from forest park  

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 10:51 AM

I am glad to see them getting some recognition, I think they have worked hard and made that park more usable. Good job guys

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