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Cathy Clarkin, Editor and Production Designer

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.

Nature on the Farm 2011 Planting
photo by Amy Christiansen
Planting in a raised bed in our Children's Garden
2012 CSA Shares Available
Certified Organic and Truly Locally-Grown
Fresh organic vegetables from our farm to you, without a middleman—that’s the Green Earth Institute “community-supported agriculture,” or CSA. Shares of the 2012 harvest are available now.  We grow 40 different vegetables and herbs at our farm... More

Nature on the Farm by Amy Christiansen
Exciting New Children's Programs for 2012
NEW: Family Overnights on the Farm! Popular old favorites and exciting new opportunities! This summer will mark the 10th year that the Green Earth Institute will offer environmental programs for curious young nature lovers.  Nature Buddies, the weekly sessions for pre-schoolers and parents, will be back, as will Nature Rangers, our summer camps for elementary school children... More

Save the Date! Green Earth Fair
Sunday, May 6
Plan to come to the farm on Sunday, May 6th for the 9th annual Green Earth Fair, 12:30 to 5 p.m. “Putting Green into Practice” is the theme—learn about earth-friendly practices for our daily lives in our homes, yards, and gardens... More

Building Community
Become Part of the Green Earth Institute’s Growing Community
There are many ways to become part of Green Earth Institute's growing community: join a discussion circle on sustainability, become a volunteer, donate financially or in-kind to our children's programs and more.  This month we also highlight a wonderful Boy Scout troop that created a pergola for the Children's Garden... More
The Conservation Foundation: 40 Years!
Congratulations from the Green Earth Institute to our landlord and partner, The Conservation Foundation, one of the region's oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations... More

McDonald Farm Sign
The Green Earth Institute leases the farm land at the McDonald Farm, owned by The Conservation Foundation, located on Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville
Barn in Winter Late Afternoon
photo by Steve Tiwald
The barn on a late winter's afternoon

Organic Agriculture a Clear Winner Over Conventional by Cathy Clarkin
With a world population of 7 billion and growing, what is the best agricultural method to ensure food for everyone?  The Farming System Trial (FST), begun by the Rodale in 1981, compared four types of farming methods: conventional chemical, organic manure, organic legume, and no-till (both conventional and organic)... More

The Farm Report by Martin Lemos
What Does a Farmer Do in Winter?
What does a farmer do in winter? I hear this question many times during these cold months, and in many forms. People ask, a bit cautiously, if I'm still harvesting.  Our last CSA pick up was a week after Thanksgiving, I say. Is there anything in the fields? Nothing is growing outside, but there's a patch of spinach holding up in the greenhouse. So, they ask, what do you do?... More 
Energy Notes in the Transitions Era
 by Steve Carrow
What Is the Transition Era?
Humans have lived on the planet for tens of thousands of years in our current version, and our ancestors for millions of years before that. In all that time, we acquired sustenance and made our way in the world through muscle power (and our huge brains)... More
Let's Talk Nutrition by Philipa Norman
Winter Squash
My grand-aunt loved to walk through her garden, pointing out the medicinal value of her fruits, veggies and herbs. One of her favorite dishes was homemade squash casserole. Thanks to her, squash is one of my favorite winter foods... More
The Kitchen Garden by Cathy Clarkin
Advice from an Amateur Gardener
It seems like most people I meet who enjoy cooking and eating fresh veggies feel a little guilt if they don’t at least try to grow some of their own produce... More
The Kitchen Gardener
photo by James Perfitt
The Kitchen Gardener and her garden after the final harvest in the fall

Coyotes in our fields
photo by Steve Tiwald
Coyotes finding food in our farm field in winter
Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
Eat a Rainbow
This fall, my daughter Eleanor completed a “colors of the rainbow” unit. I thought it would be the perfect time to learn about eating all the colors of the rainbow!... More

Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
New Year's Resolutions
Save energy, save money, save the planet!  For this edition, we gathered ideas and statistics from Why not consider resolving to initiate a few of their mindful ideas in 2012 and beyond?... More

Check It Out...
Further Your Knowledge About Food Issues
This month we check out the movie Food, Inc., an article about pesticide exposure and ADHD, a local screening of the movie Forks Over Knifes, and a UK organization called Incredible Edibles... More

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