Donate What You Grow: Edible Evanston’s Food Sharing Initiative.

Food Forest

Permaculture in a public park.


Classes, demos, and help to grow more local food, year round.

New Gardeners

Expanding local food growing gardens and mentoring gardeners.

Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Family Friendly.

Find out what the food forest is all about… watch this short video:

Too many beans? Cukes coming out of your ears? Mint on a rampage?

Produce Sharing through Mid-October

PICKUPS run through October 12, 2019
James Park Weekend pickups in August!

Details here

Feed your home-grown fresh produce to those in need. Edible Evanston serves Harvest Food Pantry, Hillside Food Pantry and Faith Temple Food Pantries, donating hundreds of pounds of locally grown produce each year.

In South Evanston any Evanston gardener will now be able to drop off produce they grew at the Ridgeville Community House Garden (Ridge at Seward) on Sunday afternoons; in North and Central Evanston, gardeners can donate their home-grown produce at McCormick or at Twiggs Community Garden on Saturday.

Community Gardeners at James Park can access coolers Tuesday 11 a.m. to Wednesday before 9 a.m. and in August also Friday evening to Sunday by Noon. Those at Elks Park can donate Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Just look for the signs to find the coolers and drop in your produce. Edible Evanston takes care of the rest.


Work and Learn
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

Keep that soil cover, but how?

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

Music, food, stories, tours and more in the Food Forest. Free and Family Friendly!

Eggleston Park Food Forest

The Eggleston Park Food Forest is a diverse planting of perennial edible trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants— including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs—designed to mimic the natural balance of a forest by utilizing permaculture principles.

2019 Food Forest & Orchard Work and Learn Days

We have great volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups thru regular monthly work days that frequently include learning presentations. (We are happy to arrange other special volunteer days for groups as needed. ) A waiver will be required to participate as a volunteer. No other registration is required, but pre-registration for learn portion encouraged

2019 Educational Work-and-Learn Days Schedule

Look for additional activities on most workdays—educational presentations, sharing of food, stories, song. Including:


Produce Sharing

Our volunteers help individual growers get their excess produce to those in need in our community, reducing waste and providing fresh produce to those in need. Since 2012 Edible Evanston has delivered thousands of pounds of fresh, local vegetables and herbs to Evanston food pantries. We pick up weekly June–October at four community gardens throughout Evanston.

Produce Sharing 2019 kick-off planning meeting

Edible Evanston Produce Sharing Program for 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Civic Center, room 2403 

The agenda:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Overview of the Produce Sharing Program vision and history
  • Summary of specific weekly activity needs and roles
  • Discussion of volunteers available, setting potential schedules
  • Marketing and signage
  • Wrap up

All are welcome to attend. 



We teach practical classes about urban agriculture and gardening throughout the year and distribute free seeds each spring.


Work and Learn
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

Keep that soil cover, but how?

New Gardeners

Edible Evanston assists novice food gardeners set up a vegetable garden and provides a mentor to help make them successful. We are continually looking for experienced gardeners to mentor our new trainees and build a few gardens ever year with only volunteer labor.

We’re Growing New Gardeners!

Join our home gardening group and receive raised beds in your own yard!

Edible Evanston wants to help you build your own garden. We’ll provide materials for two raised beds, soil, and some initial plants and seeds.
You will also receive workshops, a manual for educational training, plus your own personal garden mentor. Applications are open for Fall 2019.

If you are an Evanstonian who has thought about having your own garden but do not know how to take the first step, apply to let us help you grow that “green thumb.” Low-income families are encouraged to apply.