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The Education Committee produces stand-alone workshops and classes, produces education sessions at general meetings and demos and classes at the food forest workdays. We also write articles for newsletters and the website as well as for potential publication elsewhere in the community. The Education Committee also runs the annual seed swaps.

2021 “Early” Seed Swap Requests

Welcome to our 2021 Seed Swap!

For our 8th Annual Seed Swap, we're going to be doing things a little differently this year to keep everyone safe.

You can still get free seeds and share your saved seeds (or seeds you did not use in the last year or two).

For crops which people in our area start indoors under lights, or those which need to be planted out super early (think peas or fava beans), we're asking people to fill out the form below and indicate generally what you are interested in receiving.

Diversity and its role in resilience

Tim Sonder, October 17, 2020

Why is diversity—especially biodiversity—so critical in a world with climate change? 

How can we design and plan using diversity to improve our own gardens and landscapes and to make them resilient to both long-term and short-term changes and stresses? 

And can we have an impact on the global climate crisis at the same time?

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.

Seed Saving/Seed Sharing

A drop-off location for your extra seeds is available at the Food Forest Little Library. Tentative future locations include some community gardens, and a couple of porch locations throughout Evanston.

Please plan to share your seeds from this year’s garden with us. 

We are asking that after you plant your garden, please donate your unused seeds in their original packet to Edible Evanston. We will ensure the seeds are carefully stored to protect the viability, so you don’t need to worry about that.


May 2020 news: What to do in your garden in May?

eggplants and basil

What to do in your garden in May?

Since we have had a few heavy rains, we have to wait for the soil to dry out some before we try to plant into it. Working soil that is wet will compact the structure of the soil (which harms things like root growth and water retention/ drainage). If you can hold a handful of soil, compress it in your hand and it holds together, and then crumbles apart when you tap the ball, your moisture level is just right.


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: