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Mission: Teaching DuPagers how to grow and cook food.


Interested in helping out with our Victory Garden?

We provide one-on-one or group mentorships immersed in our garden, graciously lent to us by the Theosophical Society in Wheaton! We also harvest the garden together and cook up meals from what we grow!

Check us out on our facebook group or meetup to hear about our upcoming garden days! You don’t need any prior experience to attend a garden day- we’ll teach you everything you need to know. 

Where is it?

Sustain DuPage Victory Garden MapHere’s a pin that will bring you to our Victory Garden!

*The Theosophical Society is a meat-free campus, so we thank you for respecting this rule. 


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society

Communal gardens are an ancient tradition. Usufruct land use reduces conflict and ensures that no one is excluded or left behind from nature’s bounty and that everyone is interdependent upon each other for success. This co-reliance strengthens community bonds and innovation. In our Victory Garden, everyone has a place. Each person is expected to perform according to their ability and to strive to attain their full potential. The Victory Garden provides a space for gardening or cooking beginners to play and explore in order to bolster their food literacy. A feeling of belonging among a place and people can combat drug abuse, violence, aggression, depression, anxiety, and indifference. By giving our community the ability to grow and cook their own food we are tending to the human spirit in a crucial way.

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environment

We named our garden the Victory Garden because, according to a report by the United Nations, small-scale organic agriculture is the only true way to feed our growing population sustainably into the future. Our garden is in the style of the Victory Gardens of World War II which were created to defeat the Nazis. Our garden is created to overcome the threat of climate change by creating local food resilience. Eating more vegetables and less meat is the single greatest contribution an Environmental Advocate can make to fight climate change. Vegetable production has an exponentially less harmful impact on land, water, and air resources than meat production. 

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Economy

In our newly created demonstration gardens we are creating a model which will give volunteers real-world job skills in the food production sector. We will use our to-scale model gardens to demonstrate the feasibility of a career in sustainable agriculture as well as food production. We hope to incorporate at-risk community members with their required community service hours and plug them in to this engaging and fulfilling career. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the Green sector of the economy was the only sector to grow through the 2008 recession. We hope to teach our community that the only truly secure investment is an investment into sustainability.