Living a Greener Life in Lake County – April Green Events

Earth Day isn’t just one day, week of month! Learn, attend, and help make the planet greener at this months green living events.


Create Your Own Food Forest{Registration Required}
Wednesday April 2, 7:00 p.m. Grayslake Area Public Library
Permaculture−Gianna Fazioli, Local Foods Coordinator for CLC. Permaculture is a study that encompasses many facets of sustainability. The main focus will be to explore the principles of permaculture, the importance of soil building, and designing productive food forests.

Gardening Basics: From Seed to Harvest
Saturday April 12 10:00 a.m. Smart Farm Barrington
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Container Vegetable Gardening {Registration Required}
Saturday April 26 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Deerfield Public Library
Have you always wanted to try your hand at growing vegetables but didn’t know where to start? Have you tried growing vegetables in pots, only to have them die? Join urban gardening consultant Bill Shores to learn how to create successful vegetable container gardens. Currently Bill manages gardens for Chef Rick Bayless and specializes in creating organic gardens suited to the urban environment. Free event but registration is required. Contact the library at (847) 945-3311 with questions.

The Lazy Gardener: Efficiency in the Garden
Wednesday April 30 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Round Lake Area Library.
There are a number of gardening practices that help us work efficiently in the garden so we can work less hard. These include good gardening practices, time saving gadgets as well as items for the comfort of the gardener. With these ideas you can work smarter, not harder, leaving time to enjoy the garden.


Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farm Fields
April 10, Prairie Crossing Byron Colby Barn. Hear stories of transformation and hope from soldiers coming home from war through agriculture. Sponsored by Growing Healthy People. $10 admission. Veterans, their families, children and farmers FREE847-609-3228  / [email protected]

Of Bogs and Books – Book Discussions at Volo Bog State Natural Area
Saturday April 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
This monthly gathering of adults shares discussions of nature and environmental readings over morning coffee & snacks. 2014 marks it’s 20th year! April’s Book is On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring by William Souder

Growing Cities Documentary
Friday April 25 7:00 p.m. Whole Foods Market – Deerfield
From rooftop farms to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. A new documentary film Growing Cities, tells the inspiring stories of this intrepid urban farmers, innovators and everyday city dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. Please sign up at the service desk.


Green Works:

Chipmunk Woods Family Habitat Work Days t Volo Bog State Natural Area
Saturday April 12 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Chipmunk Woods Workdays are family-friendly restoration fun!  We spend an hour or so pulling weeds or cutting brush in this Leave No Child Inside outdoor classroom.  We then stay a while longer to explore and play. Register at [email protected] or 815-344-1294.

Hainesville Community Clean-up
Saturday April 26 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet at Tall Oak and Hainesville Roads at 9:00 a.m. Dress for the weather. Contact the Village at (847) 223-2032 for more information.


Watch next week for recycling events and ways you and your kids can give back to your community and the environment!


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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