The Edible Gardens

The Edible Gardens are located in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo. 
Open to the public April 1, 2015 through November 11, 2015.  

April: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm  
May through October: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am-1pm  
November: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm  

The Edible Gardens program at Green City Market provides hands-on gardening education and activities to children, adults, and school groups.

For general inquiries or for more information on field trips, including how to schedule a trip, email:

Jeanne Pinsof Nolan created and planted the Edible Gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo in the spring of 2005 at the request of Green City Market founder Abby Mandel, who envisioned an environment where children could learn what it takes to grow the food people eat – and how delicious the results can be. Today Jeanne, a Chicago native with 20 years experience in garden-farming, maintains the welcoming, organic, hands-on vegetable garden for children just across the street from the Market. The gardens – which now cover 5000-square feet – are a partnership between Green City Market and Lincoln Park Zoo. The Edible Gardens have been described as the perfect springboard for introducing the Midwest to what Alice Waters, locavore extraordinaire, calls “edible education.” In Jeanne Nolan’s opinion the gardens offer Chicago’s children and families "a wonderful opportunity to learn where their food comes from on a first-hand basis."

Located in Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo, the Edible Gardens are designed to engage children with hands-on growing, weeding, compost making and harvesting, and introduce them to the concept of "farm-to-table". Programs are also available for school and summer camp field trips. The Gardens are supervised and planted by Jeanne Pinsof, Green City Market's Organic Gardener.

From April through mid-November, the Edible Garden is open to all, weather permitting, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00am - 1:00pm.

Know your food, know your farmer
Locations & hours
May through October (Outdoors)
Lincoln Park
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
Saturdays, 8am–1pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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