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Adult Opportunities

Growing Naturally: A Roadmap to Sustainable Edible Garden Design

Grow your edible garden in harmony with nature.

Content Detail

Learn to garden in ways that work with nature rather than against it. In this workshop, led by experts from Sustain DuPage, participants will walk through the gardening year, from early planning and garden design to putting your garden to rest, all through the lens of sustainability. Everything from garden bed preparation, plant choices, and your day-to-day practices can be done with these sustainable edible garden design principles in mind. You will learn how sustainability is more than reducing your environmental impact, and you will leave with sustainable garden practices that will not only reduce the time, expenses, and energy invested in your garden, but also improve the relationships between nature, yourself, and your community.

The Edible Gardening Series highlights expertise from local organizations working with communities to support food security, environmental justice, and education and skill building. 

About Sustain DuPage

Sustain DuPage is an educational, collaborative nonprofit focused on promoting sustainability in DuPage County, IL since 2013. Current projects focus on sustainable food and agricultural practices, supporting native wildlife, topical discussions, inspiring political change, and building community. Sustain DuPage’s communal teaching garden space provides hands-on learning experiences in sustainable and regenerative practices.

 This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.


  • David Bravos, community cooking organizer
  • Stasia Kahn, compost crew coordinator and board member
  • Elena Nichol, seed cache organizer
  • Lindsay Zimmerman, garden organizer and president

Age: 16 and older


Lindsay Zimmerman, garden organizer and president

Lindsay Zimmerman has been leading Sustain DuPage’s communal garden since 2015, building community through teaching and experimenting with organic and sustainable gardening techniques. She and her garden co-founder received Changemakers of the Year awards for their work from the largest organic and sustainable farming conference in the United States, MOSES/Marbleseed.

David Bravos, community cooking organizer

David Bravos has been teaching plant-based seasonal cooking for Sustain DuPage since 2017. He also specializes in landscaping with local native plants to strengthen biodiversity.

Elena Nichol, seed cache organizer

Elena Nichol has been teaching seed-saving skills, collaborating with local seed libraries, and building Sustain DuPage’s seed collection since 2018.

Stasia Richter, compost crew coordinator and board member

Stasia Richter is a physician who promotes the health and climate benefits of plant-based diets, organic gardening, and composting.

What to Know

This program meets indoors at The Morton Arboretum.

Program Schedule

Saturday, February 18, 2023

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Sycamore Room, Visitor Center


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