E2L – Eat to Live is a project to build a healthier local food system and economy near 70th Place and South Princeton Avenue, at the intersection of Greater Grand Crossing & Englewood.
E2L is led by Angelic Organics Learning Center, in collaboration with partners in the immediate neighborhood and beyond. Evolving out of efforts to invigorate green initiatives and improve health and food access in Englewood, E2L is supported by 6th ward Alderman Rod Sawyer and the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Early collaborators include Real Men Charities, Inc, Grow Greater Englewood, and the Center for Urban Transformation (CUT).
E2L’s “menu” for a healthy local food system and economy features:
Spaces to GROW FOOD
- Two LEARNING GARDENS where community members can learn and grow. The Gardens donate produce to volunteers, neighbors, nearby seniors and a women’s shelter.
- Our INCUBATOR FARM where new urban farmers can launch their businesses, with up to 7000 SF of growing space planned inside season-extending hoophouses.
- More food gardens and habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects on land at nearby schools and organizations.
PROGRAMS ~ to get, grow, and eat healthy food, and improve households’ health and wealth
- Learn&Grow sessions in the Garden in spring, summer, and fall.
- Gardening, cooking, and urban ecology activities with students and parents at local schools.
- Workshops with seniors and others through Margaret’s Village, and the Wentworth and Paradise Havens Homes
- Community special events and tours
More ways to GET HEALTHY FOOD ~ besides growing it yourself!
- E2L has launched our AMP – alternative market project, a buying club bringing more fruits and veggies into the neighborhood year-round.
- Urban farmers at the Incubator Farm will grow fresh produce, some for direct purchase.
- E2L will help restaurants and stores nearby to carry fresh produce grown by neighborhood farmers.