A to Ziel Farms
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We are a micro farm in Channahon, IL. We grow a variety of vegetables and herbs in our backyard and sell them at local farmers markets and through our Facebook page. Like our slogan says, “we are learning as we grow”.
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ABC Rosaries creates handmade custom rosaries made of semi precious stones and sterling silver metals. All rosaries are made to order and can be personalized.
After the Peanut
“After the Peanut promotes STEM and leadership to both the student and educational professional. Our goal is to transform the world by solving problems through innovation, creativity, design thinking and collaboration. We specialize in curriculum development and writing, STEM programs for students in K-12 and professional development for adults.”
Animal Reiki with Amber
Animal Reiki With Amber helps provide a restorative balance for your pet through energetic healing. This connection opens the space for your pet to heal on a physical, spiritual, and mental level.
I will be sharing Animal Reiki information and possible mini sessions for pets on site (if applicable).
Anti-Racism Committee (ARC)
“Racism Breaks Our Hearts” is presented by the Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) of the Sisters of St. Francis. This display is both informational and interactive. Come visit and share your feelings and insights to how to eliminate racism in these troubling times!
Barb and Mar's Crafts
Sell hand stitched, embroidered items: kitchen towels, pillowcases, bags, aprons. Hand made all-occasion cards.
Beads By Chelle
I create handcrafted paper beads using upcycled or recycled papers. The beads are created with either scrapbook paper, newspapers, magazine pages, paint sample strips, or various other paper materials, and are rolled and sealed to create a durable piece of jewelry. I will also be demonstrating how I create the beads.
Sale of LOCAL, RAW HONEY! Look for information ON POLLINATORS and which PLANTS to grow in order to support your local friendly BEE.
Blacksmith, Steven Helis
Steven Helis has been practicing the craft of Blacksmithing for over 30 yrs. He will show how to heat and hammer recycled steel into useful items. Things that can be used at home, in the garden or for camping & cooking outdoors. He will also offer Souvenir Horseshoes for sale & make your own necklace station, at which you can punch your name into a medallion.
Bloomberg Gardens LLC
Bloomberg Gardens is a family of organic gardeners specializing in organic heirloom tomato, pepper, vegetables, lettuces and herbs plants. They strive for sustainability and love to share their extensive knowledge of eco-friendly gardening.
Bodhi Tree Mehndi
All natural, organic henna body art inspired by culture, beauty, and expression.
Bronkberry Farms is a local farm offering annual flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, yard art, jams, pickles and other canned goods. We take pride in our products. Our motto is: “Where quality is Never Outgrown”
Butter Duck Farms
Handmade natural skin and hair care products. Soaps, lotions, aluminum free deodorants, herbal salves, lip balms and more.
Cards Designed by Mary Lou,osf
Greeting cards for all occasions (watercolor).
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.
Sharing my love of baking and growing plants and herbs. I hold a certificate in horticulture and as Associate Degree in Science. I will be selling her herbs and flowers (organic) as well as bakery and repurposed glass pieces.
Citizens Against Ruining the Environment ~ C.A.R.E.
“C.A.R.E. (Citizens Against Ruining the Environment) is a 501(c3) Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to maintaining the environmental integrity of “”Mother Earth.””
CARE’s mission is to research, educate and assist in all areas that may have detrimental environmental or health effects.
This years’ focus is on Reducing Consumption of Plastic & eliminating outdoor chemicals to protect your health, your groundwater, the birds, bees & outdoor critters.”
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization focused on training volunteers to engage elected officials on policy to reduce fossil fuel emissions.
Citizens Utility Board
Providing information on how to save on utility bills, energy efficiency tips, and CFL bulbs.
City of Joliet
City of Joliet Arborist. I will have a variety saplings to give away and tree information.
City of Joliet - Stormwater Display
The City’s management of stormwater cleanliness (quality) is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit process. Residents will be encouraged to participate in environmentally conscience storm water management through the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, and the proper disposal of trash, pet waste, oil, and other contaminants. Contaminants and debris should never be dumped into a storm sewer drain as these contaminants directly affect the water quality of our streams and rivers.
** Fish from display will be given away at the end of the day!
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) provides electric service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. ComEd’s role at the Bluestem Earth Festival is to provide various rebates and incentive offers that ComEd customers have available to them to help make them more energy efficient and reduce peak electric demand.
Explaining and promoting composting.
Contrary Mary's Plants
We specialize in the Unusual! We grow 80+ varieties of Heirloom Tomato plants and other Heirloom veggies using no pesticides, herbicides, and only organic fertilizer that we will be offering for sale at the Festival. A full range of other “gotta-have” plants are offered at our Farm located just west of Shorewood. Check out our website for more details!
“Curry’s began as a small project in 2009 with our five original gourmet spice blends – Curry Powder, Garam Masala, Tandoori Rub, Chai Sugar, and Chai Spice. Over the next few years, through the careful planning of founder Gayatri Borthakur, the small business blossomed into something greater.
NOURRI, our most recent line of products, includes a range of healthy drinks such as slow cooked bone broth and freshly squeezed raw organic juice. We source our ingredients from vendors who support local sustainable farms from the Midwest so that our products are fresher than you can get in the grocery stores.
At the festival we will offer all of our spice products, fresh juices, iced Chai Latte, and iced drinking chocolates.”
Diocese of Joliet Justice & Peace Ministry/CRS Ethical Trade
The Diocese of Joliet Justice & Peace Ministry, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services markets CRS Ethical Trade including SERRV products and Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate, supporting marginalized artisans and farmers around the world.
Drover's Trail Natural Farms
We are a hormone/antibiotic, pesticide, herbicide, chemical free family operated all natural farm. We will be serving smoothies, salads, hamburgers and loaded potatoes from our Drover’s Trail trailer. Also selling eggs, chicken and beef.
Fairgrass sells beautiful fair trade baskets from Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Guatemala, Bengladesh, and more.
Faith In Place
Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.
Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, water, and air. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through our four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.
Fraternite Notre Dame, Inc DBA St Roger Abbey
Fruitful Yield is a health food store located in Joliet, specializing in gluten free and organic groceries, natural cleaning and beauty, supplements, childrens products and nutritional education.
Helpers of Mother Earth
Helpers of Mother Earth is a volunteer group based in Joliet with the goal to protect wildlife, make Joliet a “clean living” safer community and maintain America’s Heritage. We don’t have a membership fees, dues, etc. free . . free . . free. We ask everyone in the area to contribute 2 hours twice a year to build on the successes of past H.O.M.E. Teamwork and Partnerships. We always take photos+ (the fun part) see on meetup.com, facebook or Google for newspaper articles, etc. H.O.M.E. Teamwork is about “Utilizing our Personal Power . . . to Respect: Nature, Community & Each Other”
Virgil Kemp – Founder
Healthy Alternatives - Shaklee
I have helped educate people on the importance of choosing biodegradable,non toxic cleaners for over 21 years. I will have a display of these products from the Shaklee Corporation. Shaklee has been a pioneer in the industry since 1960 when they introduced Products In Harmony with Nature. These cleaners were chosen by Jacques Cousteau to be used on his ships, so as not to harm sea life. Also used in the Biosphere 2 Project and in the White House.
HEAR US Inc.
HEAR US Inc. gives voice and visibility to homeless children and youth. We will display and sell videos and books that will raise awareness and increase compassion for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Help Save Pets
Help Save Pets is a local animal shelter with 5 locations in the Joliet area.
Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, represents the interests of naturopathic medicine in the state of Illinois. The ILANP is a non-profit association, with membership comprised of naturopathic physicians, students, and supporters, who live in Illinois. Our vision is “To create full access to safe and comprehensive naturopathic healthcare for the residents of Illinois.” We will be providing information on naturopathic medicine and naturopathic doctors.
Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking
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“Mission: The Illinois Women Religious against Human Trafficking committee is a collaborative response of women religious. We choose to align our activities with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013. Our mission is to Prevent and Protect women, men and children from sexual and labor exploitation, as well as to advocate for the Prosecution of the perpetrators.
We pledge to work towards:
Prevention – educate, raise awareness, advocate
Protection – find housing for victims, provide personal items
Prosecution – advocate, support legislation for victims and against perpetrators.”
More information available soon!
Joliet Area Historical Museum
The Joliet Area Historical Museum occupies the space formerly known as the Ottawa Street Methodist Church at the intersection of Cass and Ottawa Streets in downtown Joliet. Since its opening in the fall of 2002, the museum’s main exhibition gallery serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its people.
Joliet Junior College Horticulture
JJC Horticulture provides education in horticulture. We offer classes on a variety of horticulture topics. Stop by our booth and pick up a free packet of seeds to get you started! Meet our Farmer’s Market manager.
Joliet Junior College Student Sustainability Union
Student Sustainability Union organizes to promote sustainability through education and community involvement. We aim to support the surrounding ecosystem and help bring awareness of the important of environmental vitality.
Joliet Montessori School
We are a not for profit Montessori school that has been serving children since 1966. Our Adolescents (7th – 9th years) will be selling tomato plants they have started from seed and various crafts they have made for their class business.
Joliet Noon Lions Club
Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to service humanitarian causes in their local and world communities. They will be collecting eye glasses, hearing aids, pull tabs, used ink cartridges, keys and cell phones.
Joliet Public Library
Read! Explore! Ask! Discover! Meet the Joliet Public Library’s red wriggler compost worms, and learn about their habitat. Create and repurpose with recycled materials.
Selling homemade jam, antipasto, jars of honey, mini homemade pies and handmade aprons.
Mary's Wholesome Living
“Mary Krystinak is an avid cook, teacher, gardener and outdoors woman who enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.
As an active member of Green America, Mary is committed to building connections within the local and green community. Her contributions include raising environmental awareness throughout the community and leading conservation initiatives in the workplace.
Mary teaches sustainable living and traditional homemaking skills thru her business Mary’s Wholesome Living, Ltd, located in West Chicago. Classes are currently being offered at Whole Foods Naperville , Heritage Prairie Farm, and Saage Culinary Studio. Mary is also available to teach at local community events.
Canning, pickling, preserving, fermentation are just a few of the food preservation methods taught by Mary in an engaging, hands-on, friendly manner. Teaching folks to prepare healthy foods in simple and straight forward ways is her specialty.
She can be reached at 630.776.4604, email@example.com or her website Mary’s Wholesome Living”
Mighty Mama Birth Services
Mighty Mama Birth Services offers Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis classes. Hypnobabies is a complete, natural childbirth education program that also teaches self-hypnosis techniques to expectant mothers, and thoroughly prepares their birth partners to assist them during childbirth. Mothers learn effective techniques to naturally reduce or eliminate any pregnancy discomforts, and to give birth comfortably while remaining awake and mobile, and in control using eyes-open childbirth hypnosis.
Moms Across America
Moms Across America is a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. Our motto is “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.”
Rep. Natalie Manley
Stop by her table and discuss environmental topics!
National Hook Up of Black Women, Inc.
National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. will be distributing age appropriate FREE books and our male associates, “Real Men Read” will participate in reading to the children.
Nativity House is an intentional Catholic community and a house of hospitality for expectant mothers rooted in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Worker Farm. Our goal is to cultivate a healing environment focused on the dignity of each person, the dignity of work, and stewardship of the earth.
Natural Wisdom Photography
Selling framed and unframed prints.
Nicor Gas is committed to helping its customers use natural gas in an efficient and effective manner. energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, provides customers several ways to use energy sensibly. The program provides the education, resources and financial rebates necessary to make energy use in homes and businesses more efficient and affordable.
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank serves food assistance sites across 13 counties including Will. As we prepare to open a South Suburban Center later in 2017 we will be distributing information about how individuals and corporate and community groups can get involved to support our mission.
“Osun’s Mist: Essential Oil Sprays for cleaning and clearing your home, car, yoga mat, closets, drawers, bed, pet areas.
Several items are also used to promote peace and well being.”
Pax Christi Will County
Pax Christi is a Catholic peace with justice movement grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. PC Will County, PC IL and PC USA are all sections of Pax Christi International. Our vision is a more peaceful, just and sustainable world through the efforts of our members and in collaboration with other groups. Nonviolence respects and protects the earth and its creatures. Violence destroys them.
Points For Wellness
As an acupuncturist, I will offer ear acupuncture following the NDDA protocol. This involves the placement of 5 needles in one’s ear for 20 minutes. The points chosen: Shen Men, Kidney, Sympathic, Liver, and Lung. Before treatment a release form is signed.
Portiuncula Center for Prayer
“The Portiuncula Center for Prayer nestled in St. Francis Woods and rooted in the Franciscan tradition, is a sacred space of welcome for those seeking peace of mind, body, and spirit.”
Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, sscm
“One Heart, One Soul Spirituality Center, 2041 W. State Route 113, Kankakee, IL is a small, welcoming Retreat Center conducive to prayer and solitude. The beautiful grounds nestled along the Kankakee River include a labyrinth, a grotto, and outdoor Stations of the Cross, providing different opportunities for prayer, reflection, and renewal. Private bedrooms and cooking facilities are available. There are also two private hermitages. 815-937-2244.
Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia, Batavia, IL is a haven for reflection and restoring the spirit. Like One Heart, One Soul – Nazareth is also available for days of reflection, group meetings, workshops and overnight retreats. There are extensive beautiful grounds for outdoor prayer and reflection. 630-879-1296
Visit www.sscm-usa.org for monthly events at both Spirituality Centers.”
“We will be sharing information regarding our mission:
To feed the hungry and fill the local food pantries
To clothe those who are in need
To heal the sick/give access to free health care services
To provide a helping hand to those who need one
To offer job placement and career development services
To protect our environment and make an impact in our community”
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Sozo market is a retail store ministry where we sell products made by women rescued from human trafficking and those vulnerable to be trafficked like widows and orphans from all around the world. We are in no profit /no salary paying organization.
St. Anthony of Padual Secular Franciscan Fraternity
We are a local fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. We will provide information on how lay people can live the Franciscan lifestyle, which includes caring for all creation.
The Conservation Foundation
The Conservation Foundation is a local non-profit organization working in Will County to preserve and restore natural lands, protect rivers and streams, and promote the stewardship of our local environment. Come visit our table to learn about our Conservation@Home program and our work with the Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition and the Lower DesPlaines Watershed Group.
The Resiliency Institute
At The Resiliency Institute we use permaculture education, growing food security projects, and community engagement to build resilient communities. We offer courses in permaculture, herbalism, edible wild plants, homesteading, and more. Throughout the year we host Permablitz events at our Growing Food Security edible forest gardens and potlucks on the farm to view films, swap seeds, or celebrate community. We sponsor and exhibit at local events and often give talks at libraries, garden clubs, or other venues.
The Rustic Home
Upcycled and repurposed furniture.
University of Illinois Extension - Local Food
Extension Department is the outreach arm of the University of Illinois. Extension delivers programs in Youth Development, Community & Economic Development, Nutrition & Wellness programs, and Local Foods/Small farms programs.
University of St. Francis Council for Environmental Awareness
We’re a student organization at USF. We’ve grown some native plants to sell to festivalgoers as a way to raise funds for the club.
University of St. Francis Leach College of Nursing
USF is a nonprofit university serving the Joliet area.
Upcycled fairies recycles and repurposes items that have already been manufactured. This results in a product that is more Eco and environmentally friendly. A great way to decorate your home while sustaining the environment.
Washington Jr High STEM club
We will have a hands on project for visitors to cut out pieces that will later be assembled and donated as footwear in Uganda to prevent disease caused by jiggers through an organization called Sole Hope.
We are the solid waste management company for garbage and recycling utilized by University of St. Francis, as well as the city of Joliet. Our program information will be applicable to any attendees that live or work in the community.
Water With Blessings
“We equip and empower mothers to become Water Women: compassionate agents of change in their communities who filter clean water for their families and neighbors.
We equip and empower missioners to join us as Mission Partners, bringing the Water With Blessings ministry to their mission sites.”
Stop by our table to view our water filtration system. We are also a part of Bluestem University this year, with an informational workshop course from 12:15-1:00.
Wellness Corner - 6 Vendors
Barefoot Points Reflexology
Hypnosis for Change
Sr. Roberta Naegele
Points for Wellness
Presence St Joseph Dietician
Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Moms Across America
Whole Lotta Popcorn
We are excited to be a part of the Bluestem Earth Festival this year! We take great pride in serving our premium popcorn that we buy directly from the grower and our kernels are certified non-GMO. We will have our popular kettle corn and cinnamon kettle corn along with our new flavor we like to call Magic Mix, which is a blend of caramel and cheese popcorn. We will be popping on-site so be sure to find us so you fully enjoy your day with our delicious kettle corn. We also promote sustainability by recycling any under popped kernels to our friends who raise chickens. If you have backyard chickens or know somebody who does, please be sure to stop by for a FREE bag of chicken feed!
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery. We are Illinois first Meadery. We raise honey bees locally and turn it into fine wine and beverages.
Will County - willcountygreen.com
Will County is dedicated to assisting residents, businesses and other units of local government in making better environmental choices. We offer a variety of collection programs, encourage gardens, composting and educate students and adults through outreach on social media, in schools and through our website.
Will County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division – We WILL Grow
The We WILL Grow School & Community Garden Program was created to teach the ease of growing fruits & vegetables to the residents of Will County. WWGSCGP is available to communities, schools, non-profits and organizations in Will County.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Will-County-Land-Use
Will County Beekeepers Association
WillBees is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the products and services of the honey bee hive, encourages cooperation among local beekeepers, contributes to the advancement of education about beekeeping and its related activities, and offers support to our members and neighboring communities.
Will County Health Department
Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division to provide brochures and handouts on West Nile Virus, radon kits and info, well water sampling info and sample bottles
Women of Faith for Justice
Wings And Talons
Wings and Talons is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to provide for the raptors in our care and those that live in the wild by means of education, stewardship, and conservation. We offer education programs throughout the Chicago area year round, raising awareness about birds of prey that we share our environment with.