Lombard Spectator, May 17, 2013
By Sarah Small
DuPage Community Gardens
In September 2012, DuPage County signed onto the Cool Counties Initiative with a goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 10%, by 2020 and by 20%, by 2030 countywide. One of the recommendations states that the County should educate consumers about the benefits of buying locally grown food and shopping locally. In support of this goal, the County would like to recognize existing gardens that provide food in the community.
LOMBARD – It all started with some muddy children and an old, rusty drain in the outfield of a baseball diamond.
Now, there’s a major plan in the works to change the playground and grounds at Hammerschmidt Elementary School. The first step was creating an edible garden last week.
“There are lots of drainage issues and we’re constantly battling a lot of mud in the field,” said Andi Cooper, who is leading the Hammerschmidt Learn and Play Gardens project.