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Garden’s harvest feeds needy

By Keith Hernandez | September 9, 2014

Volunteers of the Communiversity Gardens on the east side of Anderson Hall are planting cold weather crops that will go to those in need throughout the fall.Students, faculty and community members have planted spinach, lettuce and broccoli, among other...

Two residents walk down Normal Road Friday. The neighborhood around St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Normal Road is planning to start a summer farmers market. The market will feature a pay-as-you-can system, among other amenities.

Church starts summer farmers market

By Rhea Riley | June 15, 2014

St. Paul Episcopal Church has collaborated with local organizations to create a farmers market for the summer.The church will allow the community to attend and receive fresh produce grown from the church’s gardens 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday...

James Roti, junior environmental studies major, informs students how to plant vegetables in the Communiversity Garden during De-Stress Fest Wednesday in Cole Hall. At the Fest, students were able to de-stress through LEGO building, zen gardening, coloring and learning to garden through demonstrations.

Gardens would use grant to help feed DeKalb area

By Lark Lewis | May 1, 2014

DeKalb County Community Gardens organizers hope to win a grant to create a food forest that will help end hunger in the DeKalb area.The group entered Seeds of Change, a non-profit organization’s grant program, and advanced to the second round by placing...

Weather hurts Farmers’ Market

Weather hurts Farmers’ Market

By Alissa Jacob | March 23, 2014

Winter conditions caused the final winter’s Farmers’ Market to be the second event of the season rather than of the three usually held.The market is held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 158 N. Fourth St. The market began 9 a.m. and ended...

Jo Cessna, culinary instructor with KishHealth Systems, gives a demonstration on how clean, store and cook early spring greens at a DeKalb County Community Gardens meeting. The meeting — the first of the year — was Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 158 N. Fourth St. Meetings are the first Monday of every month.

Group wants to grow communiversity garden

By Colin Finnegan | March 5, 2014

DeKalb County Community Gardens discussed its plan to grow a food forest and a communiversity garden near campus during its Tuesday meeting.The DeKalb County Community Gardens organization had its first meeting of the year at the Unitarian Universalist...

County poverty, hunger addressed

By James Green | November 19, 2013

Solutions and growing awareness for local homelessness and hunger were discussed Tuesday at the Campus Life Building.Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens director, and Lesly Wicks, Hope Haven homeless shelter director, gave a presentation as a...

Garden group hopes to help needy

By James Casey | October 13, 2013

I worry many of us often neglect to learn about the food we eat. Fortunately, DeKalb County Community Gardens is attempting to stop this problem one garden at a time.Food insecurity is how the USDA measures people’s lack of access to nutritional food...

County gardens looking for volunteers

By Kaylie Provenzano | October 2, 2013

The County Community Gardens are seeking volunteers to help harvest fall produce.The garden’s board aims to donate more than 100 pounds of produce, primarily butternut squash. The gardens are located throughout DeKalb at schools, medical clinics and...

‘Stop the Mega-Dump’ files appeal with Illinois Supreme Court

By Robert Baird | December 5, 2012

The citizens’ group “Stop the Mega-Dump” filed a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday. The court will relay it’s decision regarding the fate of DeKalb County’s landfill in January or March. The landfill is located in Cortland off...

Local church to host breakfast to fundraise

By Northern Star Staff | November 28, 2012

The Unitarian Universalist Church, 158 N. Fourth St., will host a breakfast on Dec. 15. The meal will take place at the church. The Welcome Cafe will provide food on a free-will donation basis for the unemployed and under-employed, according to a Tuesday...

Between the lines: Dan Kenney

Between the lines: Dan Kenney

By Maria Ahmad | November 19, 2012

Dan Kenney may be a fourth grade teacher by profession but he is also an activist for community sustainability and change in DeKalb. Kenney grew up in Galva, Ill., a small town with mostly locally owned businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods. Growing...

Court sides with County in Mega-Dump expansion appeal

By Northern Star Staff | October 31, 2012

The Second District Appellate Court has sided with DeKalb County in a ruling on the expansion of Waste Management’s Cortland landfill Wednesday. The decision rejects the arguments put forward by the citizen group Stop the Mega-Dump, whose arguments...