Friday, November 13, 2015

Tasty and Healthy

Thanks to Mario Olivi from the Olive Tap for joining our November meeting and enlightening us about the history and use of olive oil. We really enjoyed the tasting, especially after Mario showed us what to pay attention to when we taste.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November Meeting

The Downers Grove Organic Gardeners is meeting this month on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 PM at the Downers Grove Public Library. This is a special meeting night due to a schedule conflict at the library for our regular third week.

Mario Olivi from the Olive Tap in Downers Grove will talk about the history of olive oil, how olives are grown, oil production, and the differences between EVOO and other olive oils, as well as how to use flavor-infused oils and balsamic vinegar. There will be samples and products available for purchase.

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