Subscribe to our email list

Support Green Earth Institute

Get Fresh Produce

Green Earth Connections is published quarterly.
Steve Tiwald, Managing Editor
Cathy Clarkin, Editor

Green Earth Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, Illinois 60565
Follow us on Twitter:

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.

"We must connect children with nature..."

The Farm Report by Martin Lemos
The Farm is Thriving Thanks to Irrigation, Volunteers, and the Farm Crew
Another farming season and another bout of extreme weather to keep it interesting! With hardly any snow and an early warm spring, by March we were operating the tractor in the fields and seeding in the greenhouse. The season took off before we were able to fully grasp the ramifications of such an early start.... More
Nature on the Farm by Amy Christiansen
Children’s Gardens Improving with Volunteer Work and Donations
Many new things have appeared in the Children’s Garden over the past few months, due mostly to the awesome work of volunteers and donors. The biggest change to the kid’s area has been a new irrigation system installed by Chuck Henning. There are now spigots in both the east and the west gardens including a misting hose to keep the kids cool on hot days. Another very useful addition... More
Commentary by Steve Tiwald
Using this Window into Food Production
One of our goals at the Green Earth Institute is to help people connect with nature, and a primary avenue is providing a window into food production at our farm. Our crew at the farm works very hard to grow nutritious food in a sustainable manner... More

Learning and planting in the Children's Garden this summer

Farm Potlucks
Join us at 3 PM every Second Sunday from now through October for a potluck at the farm. Bring a dish to share and your own reusable placesettings. Details via email and Facebook.

The Cassidy Family adopted this bed in the Children's Garden and turned it into a Prehistoric Garden, complete with ferns and dinosaurs

CSA Shares Still Available; Second Sunday Potlucks; Honoring Volunteers
Hungry for locally-grown, certified organic vegetables? There are still some spaces available in the 2012 Green Earth Institute CSA... More

Healthy Eating with Mrs. O by Adrianne O'Neal
Summer of Greens
Just after the New Year, I was having dinner with my college friend, Jen.  She declared that it was the year of mustard.  Unaware of this concept, I asked her to elaborate.  Every year, Jen chooses a food she doesn’t enjoy and commits to trying it in as many ways as possible... More
Let's Talk Nutrition by Philippa Norman
Greens for Health
Around this time of year, many gardens are abundantly supplying dark leafy greens. We know greens are good for us, but when its harvest time, what do we do with all those greens?... More
Book Review by Sandra Lee
The Preservation Kitchen
In the introduction to his first cookbook-canning manual, The Preservation Kitchen - The Craft of Making and Cooking With Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux, author-celebrity chef-restauranteur Paul Virant summarized his guiding philosophy for both the book and his life: "I eat what I can; what I can't, I can!"... More
The Kitchen Garden by Cathy Clarkin
Gardening Together and Summer's Bounty
My garden, even more than usual, is a mess of weeds this summer.  On the one hand, the excessive heat and lack of rain has made the task of watering much more time consuming and the thought of spending hours in the sun weeding a little too daunting... More
Tomato plant
Bountiful tomato plant in the Kitchen Garden
This celery was grown at McDonald Farm, but did you know that new plants can be grown from leftover unused celery?
Energy Notes in the Transition Era by Steve Carrow
Best Fossil Fuel Yet?
Once again, we may be faced with a major fork in the road, one where we must choose wisely, as the implications will affect us for centuries. Earlier this year, there was a bit of news that didn’t make the mainstream media, but was noted in some of the energy periodicals... More 

Check It Out...
"Weed Dating" and More
Check Weed Dating, tips on mid- and late-summer gardening, food swap networks, the blog NeverSeconds, and tips on how to grow food from leftovers... More
Living Consciously on the Grid by Jan Wencel
Creative Reuse and More
For this column we received a fabulous idea from CSA-member Denise Bergmann. Replace papertowels. Create freezer bags. Organize your desk. Grow fresh vegetables... More


We are sending this newsletter to all the folks who have registered at our website since December 2010 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, or received this as a forward, and are interested in receiving our communications, please go to and to register. Thanks!
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road | Naperville, IL 60565 US

Network for Good
EmailNow powered by Emma