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

Help feed the community through our food-pantry donation program. ALL gardeners in the community are welcome to make locally-grown produce donations at McCormick and Twiggs Communities Gardens. (James Park and Elks Park collections for community gardeners only) South Evanston home gardeners: Ridgeville Community House collection site opens July 14th!

All produce currently goes to the thousands of families served through Hillside Food Pantry.

Got Seeds?

Please donate extra seeds at the Food Forest Little Library in the box designated for Seed Sharing. Learn more here.

Event Schedule Update

July scheduled work days and classes are open for pre-registration! All events require signups!

Tours

Food Forest Tours are now available by registration only the 4th Saturday of every month. If your group (up to 12 people) is interested in a custom tour, a class or a volunteer day, please send details to contact Linda at foodforest[at]edibleevanston[dot]org 

What is a Food Forest?

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

 

Events

Work and Learn
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Education/Giveaway/Swap
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Part of our Climate Action & Resilience series, "Avoiding Waste: Harvest storage and techniques" will help you to pick food at its peak for storage and store it so it keeps.

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.

2020 Food Forest Work and Learn Days

Work Days and Work & Learn Classes are currently cancelled through April.

Individuals may get direction to work on their own by emailing our Food Forest chair at foodforest[at]edibleevanston[dot]org

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

2020 Educational Work-and-Learn Days Schedule

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

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.

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.

Seed Saving How-To: Part 1

Seed Security

Think ahead to next year, now

No, that’s not a typo— like social security, seed security is about thinking ahead. Like food security, seed security is about resilience, local control and local availability.

Events

Work and Learn
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Education/Giveaway/Swap
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Part of our Climate Action & Resilience series, "Avoiding Waste: Harvest storage and techniques" will help you to pick food at its peak for storage and store it so it keeps.

Work and Learn
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:00am

Groups of up to 12 working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 5:00pm

Small groups working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 11:00am

Groups of up to 12 working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Education/Giveaway/Swap
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 10:30am

Keep plants healthy with Compost Teas! And compost tea is not stuff draining out of your compost bin—learn to make it and the benefits it provides.

Work and Learn
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 11:00am

Groups of up to 12 working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Work and Learn
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:00am

Groups of up to 12 working with supervision to maintain the food forest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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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!

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 2020 and Spring 2021.

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.