PRODUCE SHARING

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

Food Forest

Permaculture in a public park.

Education

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

New Gardeners

Expanding local food growing gardens and mentoring gardeners.

Produce Sharing was amazing!

Thanks for the best year ever. Your donations fed those in need. Plan your 2022 garden to feed the community along with your family and friends. We'll see you in June.

New New Gardener Group Class Memberships

Apply today! A new nine-month training program to help novices and less-experienced growers become confident, successful vegetable gardeners. Applications due January 20th.

What is a Food Forest?

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

 

Events

Education/Giveaway/Swap
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00am

Edible Evanston is pleased to announce a new free training program for those just getting started growing their own food.

We are currently accepting applications to be part of this nine-month-long class experience. Group size will be limited to 8 individuals. (We’re aiming to have a group of 6–8 people.) The class series is intended for those with no experience up to those with a few seasons of experience who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.

Applications are due by January 20th to participate in the full 2022 series.

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.

Permaculture Primer: An introduction

By Tim Sonder, Education chair

If you have been volunteering with Edible Evanston you have, no doubt, been hearing about “Permaculture.” But what is it?

Most of the techniques applied by those working with permaculture aren’t revolutionary, they are evolutionary. But the way of looking at the world—and I mean that in the broadest sense—often feels revolutionary. Permaculture becomes a way of framing one’s outlook. And that can be applied not just to agriculture, but also to architecture and engineering, to urban planning, and to societal questions.

Design and Construction of the Eggleston Anniversary Orchard

Laying out the orchard grid

An orchard was designed and constructed in Eggleston Park (McCormick Blvd & Bridge Street, Evanston, Illinois, 60201) as joint project of the Northwestern University Brady Scholars (Brady Scholars) and the New Leaf Urban Garden (NLUG), with support from Edible Evanston (EE) and the City of Evanston (City) Parks and Recreation Department (Parks Department). This is the first orchard in an Evanston City Park. The new orchard, constructed in May and June 2013, includes nearly 50 fruit and nut trees and nearly 30 raspberry bushes.

 

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.

2018 Summary Results of Edible Evanston Food Sharing Program

Gardeners from the Evanston community donated more than 915 pounds of vegetables and herbs to local food pantries in 2018 through Edible Evanston's Produce Sharing program during the 19-week season, mid-June through early October.  About 45 pounds of that total were herbs. Thanks to the many gardeners who donated their excess produce!

 

Education

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

Events

Education/Giveaway/Swap
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00am

Edible Evanston is pleased to announce a new free training program for those just getting started growing their own food.

We are currently accepting applications to be part of this nine-month-long class experience. Group size will be limited to 8 individuals. (We’re aiming to have a group of 6–8 people.) The class series is intended for those with no experience up to those with a few seasons of experience who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.

Applications are due by January 20th to participate in the full 2022 series.

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.

Be a Mentor to our New Gardeners!

Experienced vegetable gardeners wanted!

Whether you have been successfully vegetable gardening for just a few seasons, are a Master Gardener, or are someone with tons of experience growing food on a home-gardening scale, we hope you will join our network of mentors. Sign up today!