Eat to Live (E2L) 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 improve food access, environmental health, and economic vitality, E2L appreciates support from 6th ward Alderman Rod Sawyer and the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.
E2L’s “menu” for a healthy local food system and economy features:
Spaces to GROW FOOD
- Two LEARNING GARDENS where community members can volunteer to learn and grow, and share the harvest. The Gardens donate produce to nearby seniors and a shelter for homeless women and children.
- Our INCUBATOR FARM where new urban farmers can launch their businesses, with up to 7000 SF of growing space and a season-extending hoophouse.
- 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
- Open Garden sessions in the Gardens from late April into October.
- Gardening, cooking, and urban ecology workshops with seniors, students, and other neighbors.
- Community special events and tours.
More ways to GET HEALTHY FOOD ~ besides growing it yourself!
- In fall 2017 E2L piloted our AMP — alternative market project, a buying club bringing more fruits and veggies into the neighborhood year-round.
- Urban farmers at the Incubator Farm grow fresh produce and sell it at area Farmers Markets.
- E2L is happy to help restaurants and neighborhood stores to carry fresh produce grown by urban farmers!