The Eggleston Park 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
Volunteer work begins at 11:00 a.m. Classes usually start around 1:00 p.m. The event ends with snacks and conversation around 2:00 p.m.
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:
October 20, 2018: Cultivating mushrooms for eating and garden health
November 17, 2018: Tool maintenance
April 21, 2018: Straw bale planting
Resource sheet for Straw Bale Gardening
May 19, 2018: Rain garden presentation and demo/planting
June 16, 2018: Raised bed demo
August 18, 2018: Uncommon Fruits
September 15, 2018: Putting Your Garden to Bed
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.