Growing Healthy Veterans Harvest Festival

A Harvest Festival to celebrate cultivating the soil to heal the spirit.

Growing Healthy Veterans invites the public, and of course GHV supporters, to our Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 15, from 12-4 pm, at the organization’s North Chicago Commons Garden, 1682 Arrington Drive, North Chicago.

The Harvest Festival is a celebration of another successful “growing” season of Growing Healthy Veterans’ mission to engage veterans and active duty military in sustainable agricultural practices to enhance their physical and mental health and overall wellness.

Offering delightful camaraderie complemented with food, music, chair yoga, cooking demonstrations, and a U.S. Marine veteran leading foraging instruction, Harvest Festival admission is free, and donations are appreciated.

“The Harvest Festival is a celebration of service Growing Healthy Veterans wanted to share with the public and our supporters,” said founding president Ellen Ewing. “The Harvest Festival will also mark the beginning of planning the expansion of North Chicago Commons Garden next year.”

North Chicago Commons Garden also successfully connected North Chicago residents with veterans and garden plots to support Growing Healthy Veterans efforts.

At the first North Chicago Commons Garden Harvest Festival, Mayor Rockingham said North Chicago Commons Garden is “one of the best things that has happened in North Chicago in a long time.”

Harvest Festival Sponsors

Food United Relief Foundation and C&J Catering

Chair yoga and singing bowls Calvin Piktel, Operations Manager and Registered Yoga Teacher

Music Elizabeth LaCombe, Recreation and Creative Arts Therapist at Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, and Veterans and Volunteers from Guitars for Vets

Cooking Demo Lisa Marie Keskar, Gardener Maven

Foraging Instruction Marine Veteran David Stambaugh,

1682 Arrington Drive, North Chicago

12:15 – 1:00 Yoga and Singing Bowls
1:00 Welcome and Invitation to eat
1:15 – 1:30 Short Cooking Demo
1:30 – 2:30 Music
2:30 – 3:30 Tour the Garden, Meet the Gardners

Ellen Ewing
(312) 404-1907