The Edible Acre is a joint initiative by The Talking Farm and Evanston Township High School. On October 8, 2009, thirty-five to fifty ETHS students from the Horticulture, Senior Studies, Community Service and Green Team programs began installing the Edible Acre Pilot Project, a community garden designed, built and maintained by ETHS students in collaboration with community groups and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Edible Acre is a converted lot across from the high school's main entrance. It is a 5,000 sq. ft. organic community garden that consists of 29-4’ x 12’ raised beds. This food production project provides learning experiences, leadership opportunities and summer jobs for ETHS students, as well as fresh produce and health benefits for the larger community.
Matt Ryan works for The Talking Farm and has managed the ETHS Edible Acre since 2012. In 2014, Matt was hired on part-time to expand the garden and create a clear crop plan that extended the growth time all the way through the winter!
The Edible Acre has been able to procure 5,500 pounds of organic produce to our school between 2012 – 2014, and harvested a total of 2,800 pounds in 2015. The harvest is used in the student cafeterias throughout summer school and well into the regular school year. During the summer months, when school is not in session, the harvest is sold at the Evanston Farmers Market. Come support the Edible Acre!