ETHS Edible Acre
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, a community garden designed, built and maintained by ETHS students in collaboration with community groups and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Edible Acre converted an empty lot across from the high school’s main entrance into a 5,000 sq. ft. organic community garden. 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.
ETHS Three Sisters Garden
“According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American farming societies, is a sophisticated, sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet to generations. Growing a Three Sisters garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry.” – Alice Formiga, Renee’s Garden
In 2012 Evanston Township High School asked The Talking Farm to help the students in the EMERGE Sophmore Leadership Program put in a Three Sisters Garden at the high school’s Transition House.