The Eggleston Anniversary Food Forest and Orchard is a diverse planting of perennial edible trees, shrubs and smaller plants— including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs—designed to mimic the natural balance of a forest by utilizing permaculture principles.
We welcome the community to get involved by learning about what we are doing, helping us plan next steps, and helping to maintain our Food Forest located in Eggleston Park.
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. For more information, please email foodforestcommittee[at]edibleevanston[dot]org.)
Eggleston Anniversary Food Forest & Orchard
2100 Hartrey, south of Payne, west of Bridge, north of McCormick
Evanston IL 60201
A waiver will be required to participate as a volunteer. You can sign it on-site, but if you are under 18 years old a parent or guardian must sign. The release is available here. And you may print it and bring a copy with you. No other registration is required.
2018 Educational Work-and-Learn Days Schedule
Look for additional activities on most workdays—educational presentations, sharing of food, stories, song. Including:
April 21, 2018: Straw bale planting
Resource sheet for Straw Bale Gardening
May 19, 2018: Rain garden presentation and demo/planting
This volunteer day starts early at 10:00 a.m. Then find out about rain gardens and how they can be used and implemented at all sorts of scales and locations from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., followed by planting to 1 p.m. Snacks and conversation follow. (Reschedule date: May 20th in case of severe weather; see Twitter and Facebook.)
June 16, 2018: Raised bed demo
Sign up to help us plan
No registration is required, but it's great to know who to expect. Please fill in our form so we can be prepared for your assistance.