Green Living – February Events

Here are some of the upcoming green living events and educational opportunities going on this month.

Events:

Sunday February 23 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Heirloom Everything: From Seed to Seed and Seed Swap
The Chicago Botanic Garden presents Ken Greene, Founder of the Hudson Valley Seed library for a lecture and seed swap. Interested in heirloom flowers and vegetables? Ken will highlight America’s gardening heritage through elegant, humorous, and telling images from the Seed Library’s collection of antique and vintage seed catalogs, seed packs, and ephemera. He’ll suggest easy-to-grow, beautiful, tasty heirlooms for home gardeners and describe simple seed-saving techniques and tips used on his farm that gardeners can use at home. Registration is required to reserve your FREE spot in this program. See the Chicago Botanic Gardens website to register.

Seed Swap 3 – 5 p.m.
Fairchild Room, (Parking fees apply for nonmembers)
Gardeners are invited to bring saved or leftover vegetable, flower, and herb seed packets to share and swap with other gardeners. Beginners are welcome to participate even without seeds. Experienced seed savers will enjoy swapping with others at the Connoisseur’s Corner. Ongoing demonstrations will feature starting seeds indoors, germination testing, and seed saving. Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers and staff will share their favorite and recommended varieties for Chicago gardens.

 

Green Education:

Thursday February 6 7:00 p.m. The Green Series
The Grayslake Library presents the first of The Green Series 2014. Grayslake Connect is proud to present Tom Nowak, local author and financial planner, for an inspiring discussion; Socially Responsible Investing. Attendees will be introduced to examples of socially responsible investing available to those with modest savings.  Registrations is required at the Grayslake Area Library Website. For additional information contact grayslakeconnect@gmail.com

Friday February 7 7:00 p.m. Growing Healthy People’s Film Screening of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields
America needs a million farmers over the next ten years. Veterans want the job! How veterans an be the solution to America’s food security. Contact Gianna Faziolo at CLC (847) 543-2632 for more information.

Wednesday February 26 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Screening of “Queen of the Sun”
Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder have received a lot of media attention. Why do bees matter? Bees are important for many reasons, and play a critical role in our food supply.  The Liberty Prairie Foundation will host a free film screening at the Byron Colby Barn {Grayslake} featuring Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?, winner of 10 international film festival awards. Come learn about the bee’s plight, why they matter, and what you can do to make a difference. This event is co-sponsored by Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods (formerly the Friends of Ryerson Woods) and Conserve Lake County.

 

Don’t forget our monthly look at living green with Homesteading with Hyacynth, and find all our Green Business needs in our Green Guide.

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