Green Fest at Navy Pier

I’ve got to be honest, this was not something I would have been happy to have had to pay to attend. All the community organizations had free passes to the event and a lot of the people I’ve met through the gardening groups were going, so I went too. Of course Greg Bratton was there and Stephanie, one of the faithful volunteers for Healthy South Chicago. I saw a couple of people who were at The Green Summit (Naomi Davis and LaDonna Tittle).   Dominique Bowman, Executive Director for The Green Lots Program was there.  I got a chance to meet the proprietors of Black Oaks.

The theme was about eco-friendly products.  There were clothes made out of recycled plastics, the eco-friendly tankless water heater.  They had book signings. 

There were only a few exhbits that caught my eye.

These guys sell paper made with elephant dung, a perfect addition to any compost pile after you’re done with it.100_0154

This guy was selling yard art and plant stands made from twigs. They were actually reasonable priced too.


The best thing for me was we found some free seeds.  You know me and my free seeds.  I’ve got a fair collection of the usual seeds, so now I look for the unusual. 


41 inches long and 70 pounds.  That’s a pretty big squash.  Or maybe the company is fudging a little bit. says they average 20 inches and 15 pounds, but that’s still impressive for a squash.

Anybody out there in the blogosphere have any experience with this particular squash?  How’d yours do?



  1. Dan said,

    May 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    That is one huge squash, I wonder what it tastes like. I have only ever grown pie pumpkins before. This year I am trying Red Kuri & Delicata.

    • gardengoodies said,

      May 19, 2009 at 12:37 am

      I did a quick search on the ones you’re growing. They’re both pretty vegetables. The package says the squash is “delicious and “sweet.” I hope it tastes good.

  2. engineeredgarden said,

    May 19, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Cheryl – paper, from elephant dung? Cool! That is one freaky looking squash, good find on the free seeds.

  3. gardengoodies said,

    May 20, 2009 at 12:47 am

    It was funny. They were passing out samples of the paper and a lot of people wouldn’t even take it.

    If I was thinking right, I would have gotten a couple of packets and I could have shared some of the seeds. When I found them, I just handed them to Gregory. He’s got much more space than I have. (we’ll see if we can grow something to match your giant watermelon :~)

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