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Introduction to Urban Chicken Farming with Jen Murtoff

Started by Bryan Northup Jul 26, 2011.

Special Green Edition of the Village E-newsletter 1 Reply

Started by Becca. Last reply by Maria Onesto Moran Mar 29, 2011.

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Comment by Becca on January 31, 2012 at 6:19pm

I thought this might be of interest to any green-minded local business owners:

Sponsors are now being sought for the Village’s third annual celebration of green living — Earth Fest — scheduled for Sat., April 21, in the LEED® Gold-certified Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Sponsors not only receive special recognition in event promotional materials, they also help move the community toward the important goal of living sustainably. This year’s event will highlight organic farmers, eco-friendly landscapers, local chefs and restaurants, games and activities for children, items for sale, and entertainment. Sponsors earn the opportunity to not only educate but also to engage and empower people to make healthier choices for themselves, their families and the planet. Sponsorships range from $125 to $1,000. A sponsorship form is posted at For more information, call 708.358.5778 or e-mail

Comment by Rachel Benoit on January 28, 2012 at 8:38pm
Don, in my experience it was about 6-7 different items each week and we were able to use it as 2 adults (and one toddler that is averse to vegetables). Some like basil and lettuce needed to be used in 3 or so days, and others like kale would easily keep in the crisper a week for us. There were usually almost always zucchini, tomatoes and/or or potatoes that we would add to whatever casserole we made that week. I would say the size is moderate but definitely not a "small" amount of food.
Comment by Don Hosek on January 28, 2012 at 7:57pm

Rachel, is the box going to be an overwhelming amount of food for two adults?

Comment by Rachel Benoit on January 28, 2012 at 7:23pm
If anyone is looking for a great CSA for 2012, Gray Farms Produce will be delivering to Oak Park for the second year, and my house will be the drop site! (Near Pleasant & Lombard) I'm happy to recommend them & answer any questions.

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Comment by Becca on December 15, 2011 at 10:07pm

How cool! Thanks for sharing, Bryan. 

Comment by Bryan Northup on December 15, 2011 at 4:19pm

Don't Know what to do with all that foam left over after opening Holiday gifts? Don't throw it out! Bring it to OPAL......The Oak Park Art League Is creating a Winter Sculpture garden with donated foam and then arranging for it to be taken to the closest one of 15 North America foam Recycling sites. Bring us your foam and see what we make! 

Comment by cac on December 15, 2011 at 3:49pm

Some places of which I'm aware: Green Home Experts will take them (though I believe they charge 30cents/lb now) Nearby, city Walgreens and libraries will take them for free

Comment by Jeannie Walters on December 15, 2011 at 10:27am

Glad to hear about the electronic recycling program...will they also accept batteries? If not, where can we recycle alkaline batteries in Oak Park?

Comment by J Chyna on December 15, 2011 at 10:17am

From the Village:

Electronic recycling events offered in response to law change

The Village will offer a monthly electronics recycling program next year in response to a new state law that bans most electronic items from Illinois landfills beginning Jan. 1. Banned items include computers, peripherals, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, cable boxes, satellite receivers, digital converter boxes, stereo equipment, speakers, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders/players, digital video disk players, zip drives and scanners. The Oak Park recycling program will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays, May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27. Items must be brought to the Public Works Center, 201 S. Lombard Ave. For more information, call 708.358.5700 or e-mail

Comment by cac on November 7, 2011 at 4:34pm
I just posted an event on behalf of the Environment and Energy Commission. Come see Bag It and talk about the pro's and con's of bags and other plastics


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