We grow food communally (all responsibility and abundance is shared equitably) in Wheaton, Illinois with regular hosting of cooking nights.

Our People:

Lindsay is the Mission Project Director for the Sustain DuPage Gardeners.

Lindsay comes to Sustain DuPage with a BFA in Art and Animation and more than 15 years of experience in advertising and broadcast media. Her expertise in communications makes her the perfect Director for this Mission Project! DuPage County is far behind the international curve when it comes to returning to our agricultural roots- but Lindsay’s ability to demystify complex agricultural concepts is changing that. At our Sustain DuPage Victory Garden, Lindsay cultivates an atmosphere of “team-teaching,” welcoming our volunteers to share their knowledge for communal intellectual (and sometimes spiritual) growth. She has an extensive knowledge of agriculture through her experience working as a farmer and farm marketer.

Click here to get in contact with Lindsay.

David is the Culinary Coordinator for the Sustain DuPage Gardeners Mission Project.

When he’s not busy cooking and learning about food,  he works as a Spanish Bilingual Coordinator for Chicago Public Schools, a Landscaping Consultant specializing in plantings that increase biodiversity, and an Associate Real Estate Agent for Redfin. In his spare time he studies botany, foreign languages, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. (He’s also recording an album of original songs to be released in 2019!) As culinary coordinator, his goal is to teach people that eating  delicious homegrown food doesn’t have to be complicated and is one of the best ways to connect us to our environment and community.

Click here to get in contact with David.

Elena is the Seed Coordinator for the Sustain DuPage Gardeners Mission Project.

Elena comes to Sustain DuPage with a background in Anthropology. She organizes and tracks the growing out of Sustain DuPage’s seeds, and is working to develop a Sustain DuPage Seed Library.

From the Blog:

Joel Salatin Sends Support for DuPage Right to Grow Food

Photo Courtesy: The News Leader If you haven't been following the past 3 years or so of #ElmhurstHooplah and our work to protect the Human Right to Grow Food Year-Round in DuPage County (Illinois), you can get caught up at this link, or you can watch the video below....

NGO Solidarity: A Case Study

The Theosophical Society made mention to our Sustain DuPage Gardeners last season that they hoped we would implement a practice of permaculture on their grounds… the following collaboration is a great example of how coalition building and solidarity can work in DuPage County between Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)!

Our Regional Allies:

The Resiliency Institute

Transforming the suburbs into resilient permaculture communities by empowering people to live resilient lives, grow resilient landscapes, and build resilient communities.

Cook DuPage Beekeepers Association

Promoting the general interests of bee culture, and the production of and use of honey and other apiary products.

DuPage County Farm Bureau

To strengthen agriculture’s role and influence as a vital part of a strong, prosperous economy in a free America.

The Gardenworks Project

Supporting all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.

Liberty Gardens Seed Project

Saving seeds for the future.

Loaves & Fishes

Creating a future where struggling families have access to the resources they need to help them overcome barriers, improve their lives and become self-sufficient.

Whittville Backyard Farm

Teaching others to protect the environment and grow food.
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