Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Urban Garden

YWCA is partnering with Women Out Walking (W.O.W.) to help women of Evanston learn about the nutritional benefits and pleasure of eating freshly grown vegetables.

YWCA's urban garden provides opportunities to empower women and families by educating and informing women about healthful and affordable eating through fresh, locally grown foods.

The project was started in the spring of 2009, when the YWCA built a small raised bed vegetable and herb garden to grow fresh produce for Mary Lou’s Place, our domestic violence shelter for women and children. With the support of volunteer Alex Piper, the garden has been gradually expanding, becoming a valuable source of healthy ingredients for the cooking classes Alex leads with women living in the shelter.

In addition, YWCA's Urban Garden enables the us to:

  • develop more opportunities to empower women and families
  • educate and inform women about healthful and affordable eating through fresh, locally grown foods
  • provide a source of earned revenue to support YWCA’s mission-based programs
  • educate and engage community volunteers about our work

Given our mission of educating and empowering women, our commitment to sustainability and our large parcel of land, the concept of expanding our capacity to grow food that helps educate and empower women is a winning combination.

What's in our garden? Lettuce, cabbage, kale, beets, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, cucumbers, beans, asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, fresh herbs, raspberries, strawberries, and peaches! 


Are you a gardener? We welcome volunteer help with planting, weeding, watering and harvesting, especially as our gardens expand over the next several years. Contact Trimmy Stamell at 847-864-8445, ext. 121.


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