How does your garden grow?



Whether you’re a gardener or not, this past winter seemed to stretch for eternity. Avid gardeners took solace in seed catalogs and nursing seedlings. The more casual gardener camped out on Pinterest, watched HGTV and dreamed of what spring might bring.



A resurgence in vegetable gardening that took hold several years ago not only continues; it appears to be growing. Loosely tied to the recession, people look to cut their food budget and fresh produce is expensive. Growing your own food makes sense.



Look no further than the community of Batavia to see this education process at work.



Meet some dedicated Batavia gardeners growing things together.


In the photo, dedicated community volunteers till the plots at Batavia’s Community Garden. All produce from the garden is donated to the Batavia Interfaith Pantry.





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Bag Tournament raises funds for Bull Dog Football

Save the date—July 26 for the 4th Annual Bulldog Baggo Tournament & Fundraiser. 10am—start for youth tournament; 4pm—start for adult tournament. The event takes place at the Batavia Moose Lodge. More details at

BPS 101 offers free developmental screening

Development screening for infants, toddlers, and pre-K children is scheduled Aug. 18 & 19 at Alice Gustafson Elementary School from 9:30–11:30am each day. No appointment is necessary. Call 630-937-8069 with any questions.

Batavia’s first “green” roof

The Holmstad installs a living roof; Foltos Tonsorial Parlor chops around the clock.

Can we talk?

Who is really speaking when you’re having a conversation?

Growing goodness

Chef Jen has great suggestions for gardening in small places.

Getting there with balance

What balance can do for your portfolio and your retirement.

Overcoming the odds

Meet this year’s Tri-Cities Exchange Club honorees.

Call Julie before you dig that garden

Plus brush collection and using water wisely in Currents.

Celebrate the summer

Downtown Batavia has plenty to do all summer long. Plus the Green Fair on the Fox is coming in August.

Championship chili cookoff in Batavia

Taste the best at the 22nd Annual Illinois State Championship right here in Batavia.

Art for art’s sake

Get ready for this year’s Art in Your Eye festival. Plus it’s not too late to join the Summer Reading Club.

Dig in and help at the Batavia Community Garden

Plus get ready for the fair and more in Around the Block.

Great achievements for Batavia’s music education

Batavia’s award-winning program.

Another successful year

The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence gave away nearly $40,000 in grants in the 2013-14 school year.

A work in progress

A message from Mayor Schielke.

It’s Windmill City Festival time

Don’t miss Batavia’s biggest festival. Plus a summer full of music and the Batavia Quilt and Textile Show.

The Batavia Historical Society wants you!

Interested in history? From river lore to highway drama, there’s always something new to learn about Batavia.

Riverinia in Batavia

Music and art on the Riverwalk.

Batavia Township meets many special needs

Batavia Township is committed to meeting the special needs of its residents. Read about the many ways they are there to help.

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