CoBank funds ETHS’s Edible Acre.

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Evanston Township High School received $2,500 from CoBank to support the Edible Acre Project, a community garden created in partnership with The Talking Farm and maintained by ETHS students. Each year, the Edible Acre Project produces a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for multiple growing seasons. ETHS received CoBank’s donation on behalf of William M. Farrow III, a member of the cooperative bank’s board. Mr. Farrow is owner of Winston and Wolfe LLC, a privately held technology development and advisory company based in Chicago, and a founding director, president and CEO of the Urban Partnership Banks, also in Chicago.

“I’m incredibly proud that CoBank is underwriting this local organization,” Mr. Farrow said. “This donation will play an important role in providing local, fresh food and educational opportunities for all of our community.”

“We truly appreciate this $2,500 donation from CoBank,” said Shelley Gates, ETHS Department Chair of Career and Technical Education. “Edible Acre is much more than a place to grow vegetables.  It is a vehicle to educate the community about the importance of locally grown food.”

The 5,000 square foot garden, located across from the high school’s main entrance, also serves as a vehicle for building leadership and learning experiences and providing job opportunities for ETHS students.The Edible Acre was launched as a pilot project in 2009. ETHS student workers are hired to tend the garden plots during the summer months.