Edible Gardens & Community Education
A Partnership between Green City Market & Lincoln Park Zoo
As Green City Market’s primary educational outreach program, The Edible Gardens’ mission is to connect children with their food hands-on, and to ensure that families have the knowledge, experience, and inspiration to help support a sustainable food system.
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. The Edible Gardens have been described as the perfect springboard for introducing the Midwest to what Alice Waters, locavore extraordinaire, calls “edible education.”
Today, Jeanne and The Organic Gardener team maintain The Edible Gardens in partnership with GCM and Lincoln Park Zoo. Welcoming over 25,000 visitors annually, the now 5,000-square-foot vegetable gardens are open to the public from April through November.
The Edible Gardens program at Green City Market provides hands-on gardening education and activities to children, adults, and school groups. Programs are also available for school and summer camp field trips.
Local schools and community organization tours include an interactive walk-through of the Gardens, tasting of seasonal produce, and hands-on garden activities – planting, watering, turning compost, harvesting, seed saving, and more. Garden lessons vary with the seasons, and may include pollination, organics, seed germination, composting, and climate.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, scheduled tours of the Gardens can be combined with a tour of Green City Market. This portion includes a guided tour of the market, a meet-and-greet session with a local farmer, and seasonal tasting table of fruits, veggies, and herbs.
May through September: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm
October-November: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm
Our team of expert garden educators will lead you on a walk-through tour of the organic garden and share their tips and how-to’s for eating nutritiously and growing your own food. You’ll also join us in seasonal hands-on gardening tasks from seeding and planting, to soil prep and composting, to harvesting and tasting.
Workshops for 2019 will be posted soon.