Chicago Farms and Projects






Growing Power’s Chicago Projects Office officially opened in February of 2002 to manage resource development and the technical assistance needed to assist emerging Community Food Centers and urban and small farm projects in the metropolitan Chicago area.  The Chicago office has established projects that have received national recognition and exemplify the mission of the organization. In Chicago, we are currently farming over 12 acres of land within the city!

Urban Farm Sites in Chicago:

  • Iron Street Urban Farm, 3333 S. Iron Street
  • Altgeld Gardens Farm, 132nd St./Ellis Ave
  • Grant Park, "Art in the Farm" Urban Agriculture Potager
  • Grant Park, TruBlooms Fragrance Garden
  • Roosevelt Square Farm, Washburne/Loomis
  • Jackson Park Urban Farm and Community Allotment Garden, Jackson Park

Did you know?

In 2013, Growing Power trained and employed over 300 at-risk youth in urban agriculture and community food system development. Through their work in urban gardens and greenhouses, they learned how to grow soil, vegetables, herbs, flowers and launched a unique line of hand-crafted beauty products.

For more information and to order products, email: chicago@growingpower.org

Or order products from our Etsy page by CLICKING HERE!

You can now get our products at 10 Walgreens locations!

Growing Power Chicago is excited to be selling our produce at 10 different Walgreens locations throughout the Chicagoland area! To see if there is a store near you, CLICK HERE for the listing of locations.

To highlight our fresh greens, Chicago Public Schools culinary students, under the direction of Head Chef David Blackmon, created this recipe that's not only simple and delicious, it's a great way to get more greens into your diet!

Winter Green Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
2 TB firmly packed dark brown sugar
4 TB apple cider vinegar
1 TB Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. olive oil

Directions: In a very large bowl, use wire whisk or fork to combine sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  Gradually whisk in olive oil until blended.  

Then combine the following ingredients and toss with the vinaigrette:
1/4 c. bleu cheese, crumbled
1/2 c. toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. dried cranberries
3 c. Growing Power Winter Green Salad Blend

Farmers Markets:

  • Iron Street Farm (3333 S. Iron St.) Saturdays 9am-3pm, year-round
  • Green City Market (Lincoln Park, May-October; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, November-December) Saturdays 8am-1pm, thru December 
  • 61st Market (Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.) Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru December
  • 5 Westside markets (City of Chicago)- weekly June-October, 2nd Saturdays Dec-May

Market Basket Program: 

Offers a year-round supply of fresh, healthy, affordable produce. Orders are placed weekly and pickup locations are available throughout Chicago. Or, you can organize your own pickup location in your community! For more information, email: chicagomarketbasket@growingpower.org

Tours of Iron Street Farm:

Come learn how we've converted an abandoned industrial building into a working urban farm! See our in-vessel composting, vermicompost, year-round hoop house production, mushroom chandeliers, aquaponics, goats, bees and more. There is a $10/person fee for tours. Tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm and Saturdays at 10 am an 1 pm. To RSVP, email: chicago@growingpower.org

Volunteer:

We can always use more help at Iron Street Farm! Volunteers help sift worm castings, move woodchips, build our compost system and expand our farm. Volunteer Orientation is held Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm and Saturday at 10am. Please bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, hot or cold, and wear close-toed shoes. To RSVP or to schedule a volunteer group, email: chicago@growingpower.org



 

Milwaukee Headquarters:  5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218

Tel. 414.527.1546 / Fax 414.527.1908

Chicago Projects Office:  3333 S. Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Tel. 773.376.8882