Deb Quantock McCarey is a freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local "green" advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb's Big Backyard, which runs on oakpark.com and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6. In partnership with her spouse, Kevin J. McCarey, she is also a writer/producer for Lyman Street Productions and Print at www.lymanstreetproductions.com, a small business in Oak Park that produces and provides web content.
As the peak of the summer growing season approaches in Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest and Chicago's Austin Community, any green thumber — or any wannabe — can pad through 10 private and public "urban farms" to harvest a few new ideas during Sugar Beet Co-op's 3rd annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In 1989, at a political coffee organized to question local candidates in Oak Park about their stand on gay and lesbian issues, Mel Wilson and Nathan Linsk started something big in their small apartment on Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park.