ETHS’s Edible Acre is a community garden where students produce and harvest food as part of the school’s urban agricultural curriculum. Organic produce from the Edible Acre is used in the student cafeterias and sold at the Evanston Farmers Market. E-Farm funding will help expand these efforts.
Evanston Township High School’s Nutrition Services Department received more than $3,200 from the Evanston Food Exchange together with its partners Northwestern Dining and Sodexo. ETHS Nutrition Services Director Kim Minestra accepted a check in November 2016 for ETHS’s E-Farm to Career initiative.
E-Farm helps expand urban agricultural learning curriculum and opportunities at ETHS. Efforts may include summer jobs, an urban agriculture club, or to teach hands-on growing and selling in classes. Academic areas may include biology, environmental studies, and business and may help develop credit-bearing urban agriculture internships. Potentially, ETHS students could produce more food year-round (through aquaponics or hydroponics) and increase ETHS-grown produce in the school’s cafeterias to improve student nutrition and health.