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Jeanne Nolan  

Founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd. and Director of Chicago's Green City Market Edible Gardens

Jeanne Nolan is a professional gardener, entrepreneur and leader in America’s burgeoning urban farming movement. As founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd., she has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago—in downtown parks, public school yards and inner-city shelters, on restaurant rooftops, townhouse terraces and suburban estates, even in the mayor’s back yard. She is also the designer and project manager for The Edible Gardens at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a 5,000-square-foot vegetable garden for children at the world-famous zoo which welcomes 25,000 visitors a year. At a time when more Americans than ever before are cooking healthy food from scratch, Nolan is taking the movement to the next level and teaching and inspiring us to grow healthy food from scratch.

Her touching personal story, passion for gardening, and experience educating others about organic food makes her a popular choice for schools, gardening clubs, community groups, and non-profits. Her recent lectures include a talk to Kraft executives, the Garden Club of America, and Holistic Moms Network. In addition to her speaking career, Nolan writes a weekly blog for and is a consultant for corporate outreach programs like Hidden Valley Ranch’s “Love Your Veggies” campaign.

Random House published her book, From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation in 2013.


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From The Ground Up: An Evening with Jeanne Nolan

An inspirational look at how author Jeanne Nolan’s life led to her becoming a leading voice in the sustainable food movement. From her upper middle class upbringing to her years spent living off the land on communal organic farms, to her decision to return home and start her own business, Nolan shares her story of self-discovery and the tips and tricks she’s learned along the way.

Living What You Love: Ethical Entrepreneurship

Awarded Shape Magazine’s Green Living Award for businesses that make a difference, Jeanne Nolan’s company, The Organic Gardener Ltd., works with schools, non-profits and community groups to develop gardens that are beautiful, productive, and uniquely suited to their needs. Learn how she’s developed a profitable and award-winning business based on strong ties to her community, ethical entrepreneurship and dedicated activism to the organic movement.

Organic Vegetables From Your Own Backyard

Learn about the physical and mental health benefits of gardening and how to turn your backyard into an organic oasis. Nolan gives practical tips to gardeners of all abilities and discusses what to grow, when to plant, proper garden maintenance, fall harvesting and how to ensure that your vegetable garden flourishes all season long!

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