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 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 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 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
- Open Garden sessions in the Gardens from late April into October.
- Workshops with seniors and others through Margaret’s Village and the Wentworth Havens Homes
- Gardening, cooking, and urban ecology activities with students and parents at local schools.
- 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 neighborhood Farmers Markets.
- E2L is happy to help restaurants and neighborhood stores to carry fresh produce grown by urban farmers!