|Craig Moorman, a former intern, used to gaze out of his office window at the bare area and pictured a vegetable garden growing there. A garden committee was formed by the Care Chairman at the time, Doris Crouse, and ground was broken on November 18, 1984. Bob VanZee grew some plants under fluorescent lights in his basement in the spring of 1985. Some local garden centers assisted us with additional plants at wholesale prices.
Joan and Carl Palermo were the first garden leaders and shepherded through the first few years. Many people, young and old, helped plant, weed and harvest the vegetables. Each year, volunteers continue to do the same. In 2021, the produce will be sent to the Tri-Boro Food Pantry in Park Ridge.
In our 38th year of the Garden, the Genesis Garden Committee is led by Tom Kearns, Lynn Lesko, and the Christensens. We plan to meet on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm to harvest, weed, and tend the garden. On Thursday morning, volunteers drive our produce to the Tri-Boro Food Pantry for their twice-a- week distribution.
The 2023 season is about to begin. Holes will be dug on Tuesday, June 6, at 4:30 pm. Planting will begin on Wednesday, June 7, at 5:30 pm.
2022's Crop: 1327 lbs! What a gift! This garden fed many people through the Tri-Boro Food Pantry.
2021's Crop: 1305 lbs! What a season. Thank you to everyone who fed our neighbors in need.
2020's Crop: Due to the pandemic, there was no Genesis Garden growing season.
2019's Crop: 1269 lbs. Thank you for a great season!
2018's Crop: 1250 lbs. What a great season! Thank you everyone.
2017's Crop: 1682 lbs. First time we ever picked in November! Thank you for a great season.
2016's Crop: 995 lbs! We also caught (and graciously relocated) 6 groundhogs this year.
2015's Crop: 1522 lbs! We also installed a new shed after the season ended.