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 Underway!

It’s time to get fresh Evanston-grown produce from gardeners to food pantry clients. Donate your home-grown produce this summer! Here’s how!

Event Schedule Update

2021 scheduled work days are First Sunday, Noon- 2:00 p.m.; Third Saturday, 11 a.m.—1 p.m. and every Thursday evening from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. All volunteer days require signups!

Tours

Food Forest Tours are now available. 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

Tours
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am

Public Tours of the Eggleston Park Food Forest. Explains the concepts behind a public food forest, guilds, layers, permaculture and the range of plants growing and their synergies. May include sampling of produce depending on time of year.

Work and Learn
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 12:00pm

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

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

Work and Learn
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 12:00pm

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

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’s New Gardener program is currently closed to new applications. We have received quite a bit of interest already this year and are in the processing of revamping and changing the program offerings.

Be sure to look at our Education area for classes which may help teach you about gardeners, and our resources tab which is packed with lots of material from classes we have taught and handouts we offer.

You can also post gardening questions on our Facebook page.