Thanks to all our efforts, FSUAP came in 6th in the Jackie Mack Funding Award competition: https://www.facebook.com/JackieMackJSIR/
We are being awarded $500.
Woo hoo!

We will stretch each dollar to help our youth experience another season filled with employmententrepreneurshiporganic growing, & service experiences! 

Thank you again for supporting our youth to develop skills & confidence that will serve them for the rest of their lives – all while providing free fresh produce to our community.

See below for inspiring photos & heartwarming updates from our stellar 2019 season.

Thank you for your support!

Our program is absolutely a community effort, & you help make each opportunity possible for our kids!

We at Evanston Food Exchange are celebrating a successful 4th season of our partnership with Family Focus: the Foster St. Urban Agriculture Youth Program, an employment & entrepreneurship skill-building program for our brilliant Evanston youth.

A few highlights from our summer: 

Our teen Camp Counselor employees collaborated with our 3rd-6th grade campers to:

Grow, prepare & enjoy healthy produce-focused meals, including:

  • cooking right in the garden with our very own Chef Q Ibraheem.
  • collaborating with Chef Q to cook a gourmet produce-focused Farm to Fork Dinner for their families & our supporters.

Practice their public speaking skills by Emceeing our Farm to Fork Dinner.

Market & sell their produce at Evanston’s Farmer’s Market.

Personally donate their produce to community members each Wednesday.

Our teen Counselors built additional key employment & entrepreneurship skills through:

Putting their entrepreneurship skills into action.

  • Each teen independently found a recipe that incorporated garden produce, independently baked the recipe, & collaborated to price, market, & sell their baked goods at the farmer’s market.

Learning about employment & entrepreneurship opportunities in the booming “farm to fork” industry through both:

Identifying 2 key professional skills each teen wanted to build through our program, & giving/receiving weekly professional-level feedback on their progress toward building the skills they had identified.  Skills built included:

  • Teamwork & team leadership.
  • Professional networking.
  • Long-term planning & time management.

In Our Community

Celebrate 10 Years of Food Grown Sustainably at Evanston Township High School!

Our friends at ETHS & The Talking Farm invite you to join them for their Community Garden Walk on Thursday, September 26.

  • 5:30-6:00 – thank you to donors.
  • 6 – 7:30 – garden tour (trolley available).

“This event will allow guests to tour [ETHS’] Edible Acre 1 & 2, the Edible Orchard & the Greenhouse, & learn all about ETHS’s organically grown produce programs. There will also be a Photo Scavenger Hunt with prizes & the chance to take home fresh produce, like bunches of lavender, basil & more!”

Meet at the Greenhouse/Planetarium Courtyard.

Contact Kim Minestra, ETHS Director of Nutrition Services, with any questions: minestrak@eths.k12.il.us

Remember to **VOTE** for “Evanston Food Exchange” & **SHARE** to help fund our Foster St. Urban Agriculture Program! Thank you for your support!

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