2021 MOSES Organic Field Day

Sustainability through Community Engagement with the Land

Saturday, September 18 |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free 

Sustain DuPage Garden
1926 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187


Join us for an inspiring field day with Sustain DuPage, one of the 2021 MOSES Changemakers!  This educational nonprofit focuses on promoting sustainability in DuPage County, IL. Come and see how they utilize their organic, urban-sized market garden as a teaching space to promote sustainable food and agricultural practices, while supporting native wildlife, inspiring political change, and building community in the Chicago suburbs.

The field day will feature their four “Food Hub” organizers, who will explain how their inter-related food and agricultural-based projects engage and connect their community to local foods as well as to the land it comes from. As a completely volunteer-led organization, this is all accomplished sustainably through donated time and goods. This inspiring model is easily adaptable to different communities and spaces.

  • The Sustain DuPage Market Garden with Lindsay Zimmerman
    Our garden is not just for growing food, but growing gardeners and community as well. It also serves as the experimental classroom where we teach agricultural and nutritional literacy while still maintaining specific harvest and market goals. In addition to our sustainable practices, learn how this program operates on a minimal budget with donated time and goods, as well as how to find farmable land in the suburbs by partnering with other land-rich organizations. We’ll also cover some of the unique benefits and challenges of food production in the suburbs.
  • Community Cooking with David Bravos
    Learn how our community cooking events promote local, seasonal, and sustainable food practices, utilizing both the produce from our organic garden and the abundant wild plants in our landscapes, such as dandelion, elderberry, and burdock.
  • DuPagers Organized For Sustainability (DOFS) with Andrew Ruggiero Van Gorp
    DOFS began in 2016 after Sustain DuPage organized and hosted the first-ever symposium bringing together the Environmental Commissions and Committees (ECs) of DuPage County. The mission has since shifted focus away from ECs and toward empowering grassroots activists with the resources they need to create policy reform in their communities. Learn more about how braiding together political activism with direct action (in the form of agriculture) has become such a successful model for culture shift in our communities.
  • Seed Cache with Elena Nichol
    The Sustain DuPage Seed Cache is a seed storage network that collects and preserves locally grown seeds for use in the Sustain DuPage Garden and affiliate gardens. We collaborate to learn, develop and share seed saving skills and to understand why seed saving is so very important. Current active programs include the Seed Share Effort (food-producing seeds), the Grow Out Crew (gardeners growing out seeds of trusted open-pollinated seed sources), in addition to teaching through events and tasks to develop the Seed Cache of our most trusted seed sources.




David Bravos

David has been the Community Cooking Organizer for Sustain DuPage since 2018. His goal is to teach people that eating delicious homegrown food doesn’t have to be complicated and is also one of the best ways to connect us to our environment and community. He is also actively involved in protecting, propagating, and promoting our native plant communities to improve the health of our local ecosystems.


Elena Nichol

Elena began the Seed Cache Project in 2019. She strives to create a program for a range of skill levels, empowering gardeners to add seed saving to their skill set.


Andrew Ruggiero Von Gorp

Andrew created Sustain DuPage in 2013 and now manages the DuPagers Organized for Sustainability project, the Market project, and the Open Mind Nights project. Andrew is passionate about removing barriers to access for community participation and helping folks to realize that they already have the power to transform the world.


Lindsay Zimmerman

Lindsay helped create the Sustain DuPage Garden and has been its organizer and main educator for 5 seasons, as well as being a board member with Sustain DuPage. Starting as an experimental home gardener, Lindsay worked multiple seasons with Mayneland Farm, a 15-acre suburban market farm before starting her program. Her goal is to make herself redundant by giving her volunteers all the skills and experience they need in order to do her job.



Map and directions to Sustain DuPage Garden:

Parking Instructions:

Located on the grounds of the Theosophical Society in America. Please park behind the main building of the Theosophical Society in the parking lot and follow the signs to the garden.



This project/program is funded in part by a grant from the New Harvest Foundation, Inc.


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