2018 Food Forest & Orchard Work and Learn Days

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

May 19, 2018: Rain garden presentation and demo/planting

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 click below and fill in our form so we can be prepared for your assistance.

Grant News: A food forest is in our future!

Edible Evanston is excited to announce the awarding of our fourth grant from the Evanston Community Foundation, funded in part by the Green Communities Fund and Redbud Fund of the Evanston Community Foundation.

This funding will provide $5,725 in seed money to transform the Eggleston Anniversary Orchard into a demonstration Permaculture Food Forest as a community resources with educational opportunity for residents. Planning has begun, and we hope to include the community in design charrettes.

New Gardener Program May 2016 update

Did you apply to participate for our New Gardener program?

Perhaps you recently applied to build a garden and receive a mentor or to be a mentor to others in Edible Evanston’s New Gardener program.

Thank you for your interest in participating! Rest assured, we received your application and you will be hearing from us. After two months of planning and a solid month building gardens for others, our team has not had a chance to review and reply to our new applicants. (We also have been anxious to spend a bit of time in our own gardens!)

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