Lemont Native joins Mistwood Golf Course as Sustainability Specialist

ROMEOVILLE, IL – Romeoville’s Mistwood Golf Club is expanding its staff in new and innovative ways and recently announced that it has hired a sustainability specialist to lead projects affecting golf course maintenance, food production and other areas.

Mistwood announced the hiring of Lemont native Angelica Carmen, who will implement several short- and long-term projects as the golf club maintains a strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility as part of its regular operations.

Carmen’s first project will be to start The Farm at Mistwood, a farm on the golf course. Carmen works with Mistwood Executive Chef Dan Casey to develop a harvest plan that produces vegetables to be featured at McWethy’s Tavern, the locally popular restaurant run by the Mistwood team.

The farm will also serve as an event venue. Mistwood officials said the golf course will also host chef’s dinners on the farm itself, as well as honey tasting events using honey from beehives on the property.

Carmen brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to this new position, fitting seamlessly into Mistwood’s future sustainability goals and continuing a tradition started by the McWethy family, officials said in a press release. Before joining Mistwood with his father, Todd McWethy founded McWethy Farms, a hydroponic greenhouse operation producing quality produce and catering to the local Michigan and Chicago area market.

“There are many sustainable projects that we can implement at Mistwood,” Carmen said in the press release. “I have met with all departments of the facility and we have many ideas, big and small, that will have a positive impact on the environment.”

Carmen has a degree in Communications and Environmental Sustainability from Loyola University-Chicago. Five years of experience in the golf business has shown her how many opportunities there are to make changes for the benefit of the environment and society.

The hive project used for the honey tasting events is being run in partnership with Bee All About It, which is headquartered in Villa Park and is bringing ten hives to Mistwood. The hives are located in a formerly deserted area that now has the potential to produce over 500 pounds of honey. Bee All About It fully manages all aspects of the beehives on property including honey collection. This partnership is beneficial to beekeepers looking for land to house their hives, to facilities looking to add green programs and local honey production to their vision, and to the ecological landscape by contributing to healthy biodiversity.

This spring, Carmen will begin work on a solar powered greenhouse to grow seedlings and then move on to The Farm at Mistwood. The 8,000 square foot farm will be located on an unused area in the middle of the golf course and will be home to over 100 species of plants including edible flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Carmen’s ideas and passion for her industry have been recognized with several local and national awards. She was a double winner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s 2021 Sustainability Summit Awards in the Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Award and Sustainable Landscaping Award categories for her large green infrastructure projects and for creating a biowaste wash pad and establishing a culinary farm with MWRDs Products.

She was also a runner-up in the Innovative Conservation Award category presented by the GCSAA [Golf Course Superintendents Association of America] Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.

“As a former farmer, it brings me great joy to bring sustainability to the golf course,” said Todd McWethy in the press release. “Angelica gives our team a great opportunity to introduce biodynamic farming, on-site beekeeping and building large sustainable projects in the future. Working closely with our chefs, we also plan to create new customer experiences sourced from the organic farm Angelica is planning. She is a great addition to our Mistwood team.”

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