Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Meeting

Join the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners for our January meeting at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21.

Kevin Hovey, urban farm and horticulture consultant, will present a program on Mushroom Cultivation. He will provide tips for growing mushrooms, such as Shitake, Oyster, and Wine Cap, at home. Kevin will also be selling dried mushrooms and kits for getting started with home mushroom cultivation.

This meeting is free and open to the public. You can join DGOG for $20 per year for individuals and $30 per year for families.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Canning Classes

Thanks to Roberta Muehlhaus and Kathy Olsen for sharing their expertise with us during two recent canning classes.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some Enchanted Evening

Thanks to Irene Hogstrom and Mark Bragen and Roberta and Skip Muehlhaus for hosting a large group of gardeners at their homes on Aug. 20. Both homes have many charms, and we were able to see them in some of the best light of the day. Thanks to Roberta for decking out her gazebo to create a delightful garden party, and thanks to all who brought food to share.
The Hogstrom-Bragen home on Gilbert Avenue.
Irene describes how Mark built their fountain.
The Muehlhaus backyard, all ready for guests.
The view from the Muehlhaus garden.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Harvest Fest

We would love to hear about your 2014 garden at our Annual Harvest Fest on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM. This year, we are taking our fest on the road. We will first meet at the home of Irene Hogstrom and Mark Bragen at 1232 Gilbert Avenue. Irene and Mark have created a Victorian garden in their front yard, and Irene will give us a twilight tour. 

Then, we’ll head over to the home of Roberta Muehlhaus, 1868 Grant Street, for a pot-luck social time with small bites. Bring a sweet or savory appetizer or dessert, and feel free to use what you grew. This is a great time to ask other gardeners about their season and compare notes. At this meeting, we will also vote on our new board.

RSVP to Roberta at muehlhaus@sbcglobal.net. Remember that the mosquitoes may attend too, so be prepared with repellent. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Visit The Plant on June 28

Join us on a trip to The Plant at 10 AM on Saturday, June 28. This former meat-packing plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood is now the home of three demonstration farms onsite. The farms will eventually be a “closed loop” system that will use food waste composted in an anaerobic digester to create power for The Plant’s renewable energy system.The space is also the home of various food-producing businesses, including Pleasant House Bakery, Arize Kombucha, and Peerless Bread and Jam.

Please note: This field trip is in place of our regular June meeting. Members are free; nonmembers pay $10.

Email Carol Morency at midway117@gmail.com if you are interested in going to The Plant. Driving arrangements and directions will be available nearer to the date.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Brownies Create Garden at Lester School

We had a great time helping Brownie Troop 51096 plant a native garden at Lester School. Roberta Muehlhaus led the effort, creating a garden plan and guiding the girls in their work. Thanks to those who dug, who donated plants, and who brought water! The Brownies were fun to work with and eager to learn how to garden.

The space before...

Roberta Muehlhaus gives the Brownies a 
great lesson in how to start a garden.
Annie Jagielski shows the
girls how it's done.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cleaned Out! Or, We Had a Great Plant Sale

Thanks to everyone who visited, shopped, and volunteered at our Plant Sale on May 10. We had less than a handful of plants left at the end of the day. It was amazing to see both people who come every year and those who just stopped by when they saw the banner.

A special thanks goes to Nancy Carlson, who tirelessly leads the committee that makes this sale happen. This is our main fundraiser, so Nancy's leadership is crucial and much appreciated!

We like to be organized and informative!
This was the line at about 9:30 AM, but we worked to keep it moving.