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Hatch Path, the garden at Hatch Elementary, 1000 N. Ridgeland Ave., in Oak Park, has long been considered a model as far as school gardens go. The roughly 1,000-square-foot lot, which graces the school’s north side, yields everything from potatoes to sunflowers — all organically grown. 

The garden has been rewarding the senses of passersby since it was first cultivated as a pumpkin patch in 2006. Now the people of Oak Park have rewarded it. This month, the Hatch PTO earned a 2017 Green Award from the Village of Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission for the “hard work and environmental initiative” it demonstrated with Hatch Patch. 

The PTO received the award and a certificate of recognition at the “Celebrating Stewardship: Heritage, Environment and Design” award ceremony on Dec. 13. 

According to the commission’s website, the Green Awards recognize and appreciate “specific deeds or actions that embody and advance the mission of the village of Oak Park to work toward a sustainable and secure future.” 

Michael Romain  

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