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Some Key Climate Actions YOU Can Take

Make better food purchasing choices

Become more aware of where your food comes from and how it was grown. Buy local/regional food. Read the labels. Bring your own bags to grocery (and other) stores.
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Grow your own produce

Create a backyard or patio garden. Join a community garden. Volunteer at local “farm” sites.
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Share food with others

Support local food pantries and outreach programs. Support local food growing initiatives
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Eat all of it! Waste not!

Plan meals better. Minimize food scraps that wind up in a landfill. Use a garbage disposal. Consider “Tag-along” Evanston recycling program. Create your own compost.
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Encourage others to take similar actions

(Especially schools and food businesses.) Keep the pressure on! Support local co-ops and food production activities.
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What WE Are Doing to Accelerate Climate Action in Evanston

Demonstration Food Forest

The Edible Evanston Eggleston Park Food Forest demonstrates how utilizing permaculture principles to grow perennial crops can efficiently and effectively sequester carbon in soil and trees, while simultaneously feeding people.
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Produce Sharing Program

Our Produce Sharing Program helps individual local growers get their excess fresh produce to people in need through Evanston food pantries. This effort improves resiliency by providing access to healthy food for economically vulnerable populations. Click "learn more" to watch the video.
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Citywide Education Programs

Edible Evanston teaches individuals about sustainable food growing techniques to allow more people to successfully grow their own healthy, local food. We also teach about the connection between growing food, a healthy planet, and human health.
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Raised Bed Gardening Program

Edible Evanston wants to spread to joy of growing your own food and eating a healthy diet, and we want gardeners to be sucessful.
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Our Calendar

The Evanston Winter Climate Action Accelerator

Join the City and Climate Action Evanston for an exciting afternoon of presentations and collaborative workshops focused on local climate solutions. This winter, our topic is Climate Literacy. We will be joined by speakers working to accelerate climate education and literacy in our community. Speakers from City of Evanston, ETHS, EPL, Northwestern, and Climate Education for Illinois.

Mar 2
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
Robert Crown Community Center, Multipurpose Room B

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The EEA Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by Hagerty Consulting an event presented annually by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the city of Evanston. Join us for the 14th annual in-person only screening  at Rotary International on March 8th! A second screening of the same films will be held on in August at James Park! All proceeds from the film festival support the operations and programming of the Evanston Ecology Center and help provide programs scholarships.

Mar 8
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston

The intersection between urban gardens, soil health and climate resiliency

Edible Evanston's Illinois Soil Health Week Event

Learn about compost and soils and how what you do in your garden impacts soil health and the planet.

Gardeners can learn how to continuously enhance their soil's health while producing food in an urban garden. In this workshop you can learn ways to improve your soil health, expand your food production, all while benefiting the climate. Learn to measure your soil health through the use of a “Soil Health Card.”

This event is a partnership with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Soil Health Week, the Evanston Public Library, and the Evanston Ecology Center's Community Gardeners program.

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Mar 9
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Robert Crown Center Library, 1801 Main St., Room B/C, Evanston IL 60202

Blueberry Awards Party. The Best Nature Books of the Year

Celebrate the best of children's nature literature from 2023! Hear from enthusiastic library staff, dedicated Ecology Center staff, and Evanston's Sustainability & Resilience Manager, Cara Pratt!

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Mar 14
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
Robert Crown Community Center

Edible Evanston’s 11th Annual Seed Swap

Get free seeds and share your saved seeds. In the lobby at Robert Crown Center.

We're happy to announce an indoor, in-person seed swap for our 11th Annual Seed Swap.

Come on out and get free seeds and share your saved seeds or seedlings you started (or seeds you did not use which were for growing season 2021 or more recent).

Limits will be posted as to the number of packets each family may take.

The seed swap takes place inside at the Robert Crown Center lobby, outside the library.

In collaboration with the Evanston Public Library.

No registration required. Just come and bring seeds to share if you have them.No registration required. Just come and bring seeds to share if you have them.
Mar 23
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
Robert Crown Center Library 1801 Main St. Lobby

You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

Tour Our Food Forest

Watch for tours of the Food Forest in 2023 in the events list above. In the meantime, you are always welcome to visit on your own.

Take a New Gardener Class

New Gardener education classes will be rolled out throughout the year and class registration for each session will be open to all. They will be included in our above Upcoming Events list!

We have both planning and execution roles for all four of our initiatives: our demonstration food forest, produce sharing program, citywide education, and raised bed gardening.

Support our program by donating to Climate Action Evanston and earmarking your donation to support the Edible Evanston Program. And if you wish you can further earmark your donation to one of our initiatives.