Green Festival Speakers

Mike Nowak



Mike Nowak has been sharing green and gardening wisdom in the Chicago area on radio for 15 years–first at WGN and now as host of "The Mike Nowak Show" on WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM. Along with Jennifer Brennan, he is co-host of Dig In Chicago, a new gardening and cooking television show on Comcast/Xfinity Channel 102 Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. from April 21 through September.

Mike’s radio show is a blend of humor, expertise, and passion for gardening and keeping the planet healthy. In addition to talking about gardening, Mike Nowak keeps tabs on conservation, environment and recycling issues.

Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. The April, 2011 Garden Design Magazine lists Mike’s show as one of five radio programs “we’re listening to.”

Mike is an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper. In 2002, he co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association and served as MELA's president for four years.

He is president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition and part of the Speakers Network for SafeLawns.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting natural lawn care and grounds maintenance.