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.

Our Mission

Develop sustainable local food sources by creating urban farms, community gardens, greenhouses, and composting sites. Through these sites, provide educational opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of nutrition, growing food, and composting. Incorporate a long-­term commitment to development and preservation of open green spaces in the urban environment. Edible Evanston’s GREENS Approach:

G Growing produce locally
R Restoring open, unused land
E Extending the season (e.g., greenhouses, cold frames, hoop houses, row covers)
E Educating the Community on sustainable food sources and nutrition
N Natural composting
S Sharing surplus produce