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Green Earth Connections is published quarterly.
Steve Tiwald, Editor
Cathy Clarkin, Assistant Editor and Producer

Green Earth Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, Illinois 60565


The Green Earth Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.
The mission of the Green Earth Institute is to promote nutritional health and environmental sustainability. Using our organic farm as a demonstration and learning center, we grow healthful vegetables in an earth-friendly way and educate about nature, nutrition, and caring for the earth.

Picking up CSA share
photo by Steve Tiwald
CSA subscribers pick up their weekly vegetable shares at the farm.
Welcome to the Green Earth Connections e-newsletter! Since 2002 the Green Earth institute has been working to promote nutritional health and environmental sustainability, and our objective for this newsletter is to help people put those concepts into practice in their daily lives. You will find announcements and news about our vegetable and education programs, along with commentary and advice about issues of nutrition, health, energy, and sustainability.

This electronic format will make it easier to prepare and distribute the newsletter. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

We are sending this newsletter to all the folks who have registered at our website since last December and to those who were in our earlier database before we set up online registration.  We will soon be phasing out the older database, so if you have not yet registered at the website, but are interested in receiving our communications, please go to and click on Register in the upper left corner.

Thank you for your ongoing participation and support.
—Steve Tiwald    Founder and Executive Director

Enrollment Now Open for 2012 CSA
Green Earth Institute grows over 40 vegetable and herb crops at the farm. These are marketed through a direct farm-to-consumer subscription arrangement called “CSA”, short for community-supported agriculture. Under this concept, consumers buy directly from the farmers, enabling the consumers to know the people who grow their food and what methods are used.... More
Water Infrastructure Project Near Completion by Steve Tiwald
In September there was a new sight at the farm, something never before seen on this patch of agricultural land—plumes of water, glorious arches of life-supporting water, emanating from our new moveable sprayer, spreading over crops in the south central field! This achievement was a milestone.... More
Water Infrastructure Project
photo by Steve Tiwald
A portable water reel is part of the new water infrastructure project.

Nature on the Farm 2011
photo by Kelly Joslin
Nature Rangers dig gardening.

Introducing Our New Director of Environmental Education
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Christiansen as new Director of Environmental Education at the Green Earth Institute.  Amy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with the Global Field Program through Miami University of Ohio... More 

Nature on the Farm: 2011 Report by Amy Christiansen
The summer of 2011 was full of fun and learning at the farm for the elementary school-age summer campers in Nature Rangers, pre-schoolers and their parents in Nature Buddies, teens and tweens in Green Scene, and the multi-generations who participated in Families on the Farm... More
Energy Notes in the Transitions Era by Steve Carrow
We’re In Deep Gas Now
It takes millions of gallons of water mixed with the fluids to complete a fracking operation, usually drawn from nearby streams. There are concerns that some water aquifers may be affected if the injection operation is not properly done... More

Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
Refuse drinking straws. Swap costumes. Use less printer ink. Shut off your car engine while waiting. Warm your car as you drive. Refrain from and carefully dispose of hazardous waste. CSA-member Vinod Seth & founder Steve Tiwald shared these tips for this edition. Why not consider incorporating a few of the ideas into your life?... More

Drink your greens!
photo by Adrianne O'Neal
Jimmy drinks his greens.

Let's Talk Nutrition by Philipa Norman
Nutrition for a Healthy Immune System
We can naturally support our immune system with a plant-based, low fat diet (that includes enough good fats!).  Plant foods support a healthy immune system by stimulating immune cells to grow and to function optimally, to regulate the immune response, and to protect healthy tissue from damage... More

Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
Please Eat Your Peas
Like my own mother usually did, I am trying to focus on a big picture view of veggies; that nurturing their appreciation of nature and food will eventually evolve into a wider palate. I have continued the family tradition of gardening, which is an opportunity to live one or two steps lighter on the planet and draw my children into the exciting world of vegetables... More
Book Commentary by Steve Tiwald
The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm
Terra Brockman, a talented friend I met back in 2002, was one of the significant influences behind my starting the Green Earth Institute. It was late summer that year and I was wrestling with questions about becoming an organic farmer. Should I make the plunge?... More

If you are an avid home vegetable gardener, why not consider writing a regular column for Green Earth Connections?  Contact us at
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road | Naperville, IL 60565 US

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