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Pictures are now in from community garden building project Thursday at Evanston Township High School.

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D.J. Fish unloads cardboard. (Photos by Monica Kass Rogers.)

Pictures are now in from community garden building project Thursday at Evanston Township High School.

D.J. Fish unloads cardboard. (Photos by Monica Kass Rogers.)

The work started with a truckload of cardboard boxes to spread across the vacant lot at Dodge Avenue and Davis Street, across from the school.

James Masello dumps wood chips.

Add what must have seemed like endless wheel barrels full of bark chips on top of the cardboard …

Molly Berkson, center in black, and other volunteers spread the wood chips.

and spread them all around the lot up to six inches deep. Seven raised beds, built by a shop class, are already on the site, with 17 more to come. The cardboard and bark mulch will provide a weed-free, and hopefully mud-free surface for people to use to walk around those beds.

What’s called the “Edible Acre” pilot project is designed to provide learning experiences, leadership opportunities and summer jobs for ETHS students, as well as fresh produce. It’s a joint initiative of The Talking Farm and the high school.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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