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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.

Green Earth Fair
Join us at the Green Earth Fair, May 6, 2012, 12:30-5:00

The Green Earth Fair
Join Us for Education, Entertainment, Food, Activities, and Plants!

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 12:30 to 5:00 PM, the Green Earth Institute is holding the 9th annual Green Earth Fair at its organic vegetable farm in Naperville. Expert speakers, local exhibitors, music, food, children's entertainment and activities, tours...  More
Green Earth Fair Speaker Schedule
1:15 pm
Role of Nutrition in Health: Philippa Norman, M.D.
Using Native Plants to Solve Landscaping Problems: Jim Kleinwachter
Geo-Thermal for Your Home or Business: Jeff Hurst
Beekeeping at the Farm: Glen Hartweck
2:30 pm
Organic – What It Is and Why It's Important: Steve Tiwald
Container Gardening Techniques: Steve Carrow
Naperville's New Green Fuels Depot: Alan Wilks
Organic Lawn Care: Bill Scheffler
Tour – Natural Areas at the McDonald Farm: Jim Kleinwachter
3:45 pm
Organic Home Gardening & Composting: Vicki Nowicki
Landscaping for the Benefit of Wildlife: Jim Kleinwachter
How to Reverse the Effects of GMO Foods with Nutrient-Dense Vegetables: Bill Scheffler
Tour – Renewable Energy at the McDonald Farm: Brook McDonald
Tour – Organic Farming at McDonald Farm: Steve Tiwald
Green Earth Fair Plant Sales
Vegetable seedlings and native plants will be available for sale at the Green Earth Fair

“It takes a village”  Come help at the Fair!
Many volunteers are needed to successfully conduct an event of this size, particularly one involving so many children’s educational activities.  Please consider helping on May 6th. View the Volunteers Wanted flyer. Sign up at our website. Thank you!

Nature on the Farm
Green Earth Institute has lots for offer for kids: hands-on activities at the Green Earth Fair, Nature on the Farm summer programs, volunteer opportunities, and healthy vegetables through the CSA program

Nature on the Farm by Amy Christiansen
Looking Forward to the Fair and Summer
The growing season is off to a great start in the Children’s Garden and Learning Garden.  We had over a dozen adults and kids come out to prepare the gardens for planting in March  in preparation for the Green Earth Fair and our many children’s summer programs... More

Fresh, Locally-Grown, Organic Vegetables Available from the CSA – Now with Pickup Sites in Batavia, Winfield, Lombard, and Western Springs
Main Season and Late Fall shares are still available in the 2012 Green Earth Institute community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. The spring share is sold out, so get your main and fall season shares while they last!  We are growing 40 different vegetables and herbs... More
Join the Conversation: Green Earth Institute Social Media Sites and More
Green Earth Institute can now be found on Facebook and Twitter!  Using these social media tools, we are able to keep the Green Earth Community up-to-date on events happening at the farm, volunteer opportunities, classes, and the day-to-day activities on the land... More
The Farm Report by Martin Lemos
Early Spring on the Farm
This year's very mild winter and very warm spring allowed for us to work in the fields earlier than ever before. About 75% of the acreage in production this year was tilled by the end of March. In past years... More
The Kitchen Garden by Cathy Clarkin
Spring is here and you may be thinking, “Should I join the CSA this year, or plant my own garden?” My answer? Why not do both! Green Earth Institute’s CSA is the only place around where you’ll get a wide variety of ultra-local, picked-today-fresh, organic produce. So, why do you need the garden?...  More
The Conservation Foundation: History, Achievements, and Future by Jake Marcinak
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving natural lands, protecting watersheds, promoting sustainable development and cultivating relationships... More 
Garlic in early spring
Garlic, planted last fall, was the first thing to emerge this spring at the farm
Carrots and humus
Carrots and humus: better than veggie chips anyday!
Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
I have previously mentioned my passion for chocolate milk.  I have an even guiltier pleasure….chips!  I love the crunch they add to sandwiches, soups or salads and I especially love to scoop up any kind of dip with them.  My mom brought me a bag of veggie chips and humus...  More
Let's Talk Nutrition by Philipa Norman
The Low-Down on Brown Rice
You’ve heard it….eat more brown rice! Its got more fiber, more vitamins. And gosh, it’s just so easy to make. According to researchers, several servings of brown rice each week could help reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, a condition that’s on the rise in children and adults. ...  More
Energy Notes in the Transition Era by Steve Carrow
Petroleum, especially in the form of gasoline, is one of the most useful, dense sources of energy that we have. People knew about oil seeps and crude oil for quite a while. They had been daubing tar on roofs for water proofing...  More

Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
Steps Toward a Smaller Footprint
For this column, we sourced new concepts from three magazines: Lowes Creative IdeasParents, and Real Simple. Wash deliberately. About 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating the water...  More

Check It Out...
Green Earth in the News and More
Check out the Momma Cuisine channel on youtube for an interview with Green Earth Institute’s founder and executive director Steve Tiwald.  We are also proud to announce that Steve has been awarded the GR2012 Sustainability Award... More

A flyer for the Green Earth Fair is available at our website.

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