Peter is a 42-year-old former entrepreneur from River Forest whose life was interrupted in 2005 when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then, he has been under the care of Dr. Ann Sarpy, medical director of Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park.
Five-year-old Akemi Brown's grandmother, Monique Lloyd, 49, of Austin, has been bringing her granddaughter to the Infant Welfare Society Children's Clinic in Oak Park since 2009 for physicals, shots and, as the little girl has grown, to see the dentist.
When Sophie Gardner, now 17, was attending second grade at Hatch Elementary School in Oak Park, her physical education teacher, Sandra Noel, wanted her students to understand that buying and eating locally grown food from farmers was healthy and a more sustainable lifestyle choice.
A couple of years ago, when "city farmer" Carolyn Ioder began baking bread for her family, her aim was to match the taste and texture of a homemade loaf in which the baker used only fresh ground flour as the base ingredient.
In their new, all electric, LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), Prairie-style, American Four Square home in Oak Park, the Garcia Doyle family is living their "American green dream."
Just as migrating monarchs tend to light on milkweed plants to feed and grow, so did roughly 35 or so home gardeners land at Green Home Experts in Oak Park last month to learn about butterfly gardening.
Months ago, when I heard that Sugar Beet Co-op was staging its 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, July 27 in Oak Park, I was intrigued. Frankly, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to answer the question of our times: "What the heck is permaculture, anyway?"