THE TALKING FARM

The Farm with Something to Say

aka Howard Street Farm   |   Skokie, IL   |  www.thetalkingfarm.org

Mission

To provide education, example, and hands-on experience to members of the community to expand the awareness, importance, and availability of food grown sustainably.

Ruling year info

2007

Manager, Farm Operations

Matt Ryan

Main address

3669 Howard St.

Skokie, IL 60076 USA

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EIN

30-0392847

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Edible Acre

In partnership with Evanston Township High School, The Talking Farm operates the Edible Acre, an in-school gardening program and orchard.

Population(s) Served

The Talking Farm partners with Orchard Village, a community for developmentally-challenged persons, to cultivate an edible garden and help its constituents gain life skills.

Population(s) Served

The Talking Farm operates a paid certification program in which participants learn about urban agriculture by completing 50 hours of instruction in 6 different categories.

Population(s) Served

Interns accepted to work at the Howard Street Farm commit to a more intensive program on urban agriculture. Interns will participate in all the tasks associated with the daily operation of a diversified production vegetable farm. Interns will walk away with a solid understanding of crop planting, crop care, harvesting, hoop house management, disease / pest management and volunteer management.

Population(s) Served

The Talking Farm partners with Y.O.U. Evanston (Youth & Opportunity United) to operate F Cubed, a year-round horticulture- and environmental-focused after-school program for high school students, as well as teaching gardens at several local schools.

Population(s) Served

A multi-week summer school course, "Introduction to Environmental and Horticultural Careers," is taught at the Howard Street Farm to high school students from several local high schools and covers topics such as environmental issues, sustainability, farm management and planning, soil health, crop planning, organic agriculture, social justice issues regarding food, and how to help build and participate in a resilient food system and environment.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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THE TALKING FARM

Board of directors
as of 09/26/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wendy Aeschlimann

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes