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Education

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.

Seed Saving/Seed Sharing

Plans are underway to have drop-off locations for your extra seeds late the spring. Tentative locations are the Food Forest Little Library, 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.

Price: 
$5.00

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.

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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:

Permaculture Principle #8: Integrate Rather Than Segregate

David Holmgren’s Summary

In every aspect of nature, from the internal workings of organisms to whole ecosystems, we find the connections between things are as important as the things themselves. Thus the purpose of a functional and self-regulating design is to place elements in such a way that each serves the needs and accepts the products of other elements.

Permaculture Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

By Tim Sonder, Education Chair

This principle requires us to be open, to see and accept both the reality of the result of our actions (or inactions) and listen to and consider criticism from others.

It requires us to go back to Principle 1— and once again really observe and interact.

Self-regulation is something natural systems do without “thinking.” They must change to match the reality around them, and we can model our behavior on that natural feedback loop.

2019 Food Forest & Orchard Work and Learn Days

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

2019 Educational Work-and-Learn Days Schedule

Look for additional activities on most workdays—educational presentations, sharing of food, stories, song. Including:

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