Eat to Live Englewood/E2L is a project to build a healthier local food system and economy near 70th Place and South Princeton Avenue in the Englewood community of Chicago. Our mantra is “Everything Good Grows in 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. Key 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, and a nearby senior center and 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 Harvard School of Excellence.
- Workshops at the Institute of Women Today’s Vincennes Senior Center
- Community special events and tours
More ways to GET HEALTHY FOOD ~ besides growing it yourself!
- Urban farmers at the Incubator Farm will grow fresh produce, some for direct purchase.
- E2L will introduce people to ways they can get more healthy food by participating in buying clubs and community-supported markets
- E2L will help restaurants and stores nearby to carry fresh produce grown by neighborhood farmers.