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We’re Growing New Gardeners!

Join our home gardening group and
receive raised beds in your own yard!

Edible Evanston encourages Evanston residents to grow and share locally grown food. We also provide opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of nutrition, natural systems and composting, and to experience the benefits of Evanston-raised produce for themselves.

What is the program about?

In the program’s first year in 2015–16 we installed and supported gardens for 20 families and organizations with assistance of a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation. This program is now self-sustaining through private contributions. With nearly 40 new gardens in Evanston, we have begun to make an impact and are continuing the program on a smaller basis each year.

Who is it for?

Evanstonians who have thought
about having their own garden
but do not know how to take
the first step should apply to let
us help you grow that “green
thumb.” Low-income families
are encouraged to apply.

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.

What you get from Edible Evanston:

    • 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 journal to track your progress, plus your own personal garden mentor.

Some locations may receive containers if more suitable; others may receive city-provided rain barrels or compost bins.

What you provide:

  • Your time and labor to help us build and install your garden, as well as ongoing care and maintenance
  • Participation in required workshops to learn as well as to share your successes and challenges with fellow new gardeners
  • A written record of your experiences, growing conditions, and harvests
  • An ongoing commitment to food gardening

Your new garden can give you:

  • Delicious, nutritious, fresh food you can share with family and friends
  • Savings on grocery bills and knowledge of where your food comes from
  • Joy and lifelong skills you can share with family and friends


You pay only for materials. Typical materials are $175, but fees range from $25 to $300, depending on need and selections. Limited financial assistance is available thanks to other generous gardeners and the start-up grant from the Evanston Community Foundation.