Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June Meeting Features Veterans Victory Farm

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Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet from 7 to 9 PM on June 19 at the Downers Grove Public Library (first floor meeting room). Our presenter will be Veronica Porter, aka “Aunt V’, who is the owner of Veterans Victory Farm

The Farm provides training and employment for recently discharged veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. She also employs other young people with varying disabilities.The farm uses sustainable methods to provide local, organic, heirloom varieties of fresh produce.

Veronica will talk about growing up in the small farm town community of Naperville, where many people grew and prepared their own food. Much of what she teaches at the Farm comes from her small-town roots. She will discuss the farm and her gardening practices.

"My passion is to create community in all I do, from growing a garden, to preparing a meal, to educating, gathering and enjoying life's harvest," she says.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Downers Seed Legacy Orientation This Saturday

Want to participate in Downers Legacy Seed Library? If you’ve never saved seeds or want to refresh your skills, you can learn how to save seeds this Saturday, April 13 from 1-3 PM at the Downers Grove Public Library.
This event is required learning for membership in the Library. Our seed collection is composed of rare and endangered, open-pollinated seeds that contain ancient and precious genetic material. We will teach you the correct methods to save the first tier of the easiest seeds which include plants like lettuce and tomatoes. You will be able to check out your first seeds and get started planting. The class is free but registration is required. Email to register.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March Meeting Features Hummingbirds

Join us at 7 PM March 20 at the Downers Grove Public Library for a program by Nancy Carroll who will talk “All About Hummingbirds." A former art and English teacher, master gardener and member of the Hummingbird Society, Nancy will discuss how to attract hummingbirds and correctly use a feeder. She also has a small hummingbird craft project and will have a few good-quality bird feeders to sell.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Spring Into These March Events

The Darien Garden Club's Spring Inspiration is Saturday, March 9 from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe and Banquets in Darien. The program includes a gardening conference, exhibits, lunch, and raffles. The locations owner and chef, Chuck Pine, is an avid gardener who grows his own vegetables on restaurant property.

Register here by March 2.

The DuPage Friends of the University of Illinois Extension's Celebrating Spring Silent Auction is Saturday, March 30 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at the Extension office, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Suite 170, Warrenville. Proceeds benefit the Extension programs, including Master Gardeners, Veterans Gardens at Cantigny, gardens at the DuPage Convalescent Home and more.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February Meeting Features Native Plants

We will meet at 7 PM February 20 at the Downers Grove Public Library 1050 Curtiss Street (first floor meeting room).Denise Sandoval will talk about Favorite Native Plants Through the Seasons. She'll discuss native plants she uses most often in her designs because they are beautiful, available at most nurseries or plant sales, easy to grow, and good for wildlife.

Denise is an environmental landscape designer, business owner at Good Natured Landscapes and member of Wild Ones who is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge. Please share this message with your gardening friends and encourage them to attend this meeting with you.

A reminder—It’s time to renew your membership if you haven’t done this. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families. There will be forms at the meeting, or you can find one in the right column of this blog.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January Meeting

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet at 7 P.M. January 16 at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St. This will be a general meeting to socialize with other members and discuss upcoming meetings, our plant sale and future field trips. 

We will also share knowledge of “companion gardening," or siting plants together for better crop productivity. Please share this message with your gardening friends and encourage them to attend this meeting with you.

A reminder—It’s time to renew your membership. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families. There will be forms at the meeting, or you can find one on our blog at