Thursday, October 8, 2015

October Meeting

Join us on Oct. 21 at 7 PM when Paula Fraser from the The Gardenworks Project will be our speaker. This volunteer-led nonprofit organization provides families in need with home vegetable gardens and educational resources. 

We meet at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street. See you there!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Harvest Fest Tomorrow

Our annual Harvest Fest starts at 7 PM tomorrow, September 16. This is a time to talk about how our gardens performed this year, ask questions and seek advice, and meet other gardeners. If you have harvest goodness to share, bring an appetizer-type dish. We will provide plates, drinks, and napkins.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Members Open Their Gardens to Visitors

Thanks to Quin Filipowicz and Kathy Olson for opening their gardens to us on August 19. Here are a few photos.

Kathy's prairie meadow.

St. Joseph Creek behind Kathy's house.

Quin shared homegrown garlic with visitors.

Quin's tomato garden.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

August 19 Garden Visits

The August meeting is a garden walk to two of our members' gardens: Quin Filipowicz  and Kathy Olson.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a tour-only event; we will share food and other goodies at our Harvest Fest on September 16. You also might want to bring bug spray.

Quin Filipowicz
5812 Main Street
Quin has raised beds for his vegetable garden and for milkweed and coneflowers. His four rain barrels are connected in series, and he can explain how he uses them. He can also talk about his pondless water fountain that he built this year. While his garlic garden is done for the season, he can talk about how he grows it and offer samples to the first visitors. You’ll also see an Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus that survives our winters.

Look for a house with both American and Blackhawks flags. It is suggested that you park on 59th street, but the driveway is available for people who have a harder time walking or need close access. There are two gates – both will take you to his backyard.

Kathy Olson
5138 Lee Avenue
The Olsen house backs up to St. Joseph’s creek and features a small meadow/prairie in the back. Kathy reports that the house came with a huge infestation of Japanese Knotweed, but that the invasive plant is now under control, and new plantings are taking hold where the Knotweed once ruled. Kathy also has a vegetable garden and she composts, and is happy to see many bees and butterflies.

Please RSVP to Carol Morency at so she can give Quin and Kathy an idea of attendance.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From Trash to...Pretty Much Everything!

Thanks to Kay and Carrie from SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Composting and Recycling Education) for visiting us in June and amazing us with the many, many projects the organization has going on with YOUR trash! Here is Kay with her magic eco-cape, made out of old ties.

To find out more about what SCARCE does with the things we throw out, visit

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Meeting

Join us at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at the Downers Grove Public Library to hear Kay McKeen talk about SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), an organization that has been working since 1990 to help schools and other groups preserve the earth and live sustainably. Kay will also give some tips for composting.

The Downers Grove Organic Gardeners are committed to raising the awareness of organic gardening in our community and educating members about the benefits and methods of organic gardening and other environmentally sound practices. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month in January, February, March, April, June, September, October and November at 7 p.m. in the Downers Grove Public Library. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. and you are welcome to come early to attend the board meeting. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Plant Sale Report: Many Kinds of Success!

Our plant sale on May 9 is usually a success, as our community is always looking for organic vegetables and perennials at great prices. This year was no exception. Not only did we make money (this is our only fundraiser, except for club dues) but we extended the reach of organic plants in our area.

However, this year, there is one more success to report, and this one has many facets. We ended the sale with leftover plants, and while we had many customers buy from us after May 9, we were also able to help fulfill our mission and donate (or sell at reduced cost) plants to local organizations, including the St. Mary of Gostyn teen ministry and for an Eagle Scout project.

But our outreach to People's Resource Center in Wheaton is even more exciting. Not only did we give plants to a PRC volunteer to grow vegetables for the center's food pantry, we donated plants to the pantry itself.

This means that many families in need who visited the pantry for food also took home plants to grow their own food.

Thanks to everyone who made the Plant Sale happen, especially committee chair Nancy Carlson. Thanks to everyone who worked that day to set up, check out, or just rearrange plants as shoppers selected their purchases.

And thanks to Mary Ann Badke and Roberta Muehlhaus who "babysat" the leftover plants and helped get them to customers and to organizations. We all worked together to increase the amount of homegrown organic food in the DuPage County area!