Chicago Farms and Projects
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. By bringing together food related activities
that are typically dispersed, an urban farm as a community food center allows
for an integrated approach to addressing food security, ecological, nutrition
and public health issues.
Urban Farm Sites in Chicago:
Altgeld Gardens Urban Farm
This 2.5-acre urban farm on Chicago's Southside will grow and distribute healthy produce and create job opportunities in one of Chicago's most isolated and impoverished communities. In 2010, Growing Power in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority employed 150 adults and 40 at-risk youth from the local community. The site currently has one-acre in production and has a large-scale compost and vermicompost systems and a hoop greenhouse for year-round production.The Chicago Lights Urban Farm
Located at the intersection of W. Chicago Avenue & N. Hudson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610.
2003, Growing Power has worked in collaboration with
The urban farm is located in the quickly changing neighborhood adjacent to the Cabrini-Green row houses. The farm empowers neighborhood youth and residents to have increased economic opportunities through access to organic produce, nutritional education, and work-force training.
in Grant Park at the intersection of E. Congress Parkway & S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
In partnership with the Chicago Park District and Moore Landscapes, Inc., Growing Power created a 20,000 square foot urban farm on Chicago’s lakefront adjacent to Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Memorial in Grant Park. Over 150 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers are grown at the urban farm in the heart of downtown Chicago.
partnership demonstrates that the
social benefits of
urban agriculture reach beyon
urban agriculture reach beyond local food miles and
A major focus of the program
is job preparedness for young people. Farm interns work together to cultivate,
weed, plant and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are grown in the
edible potager garden. Also of great importance is the project’s impact
on a city’s policy regarding urban farming. This project seeks to
quantify the commercial viability of urban agriculture both in economics and
Using farming as a hands-on teaching tool, youth are challenged both mentally and physically, gaining a broad range of experiences from observation and decision-making to physical fitness and culinary appreciation. Interns gain the valuable and unique skill of learning how to produce something, creating a whole host of entrepreneurial opportunities for their futures. In addition to regular farm activities, farm interns experience marketing produce and value-added products at small community farmers' market, building customer service and entrepreneurial skills needed by both farmers and artists.
Iron Street Urban Farm
Iron Street Urban Farm is located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. The vision for the urban farm is to "grow" healthy soil and energy, using closed loop ecological practices in order to produce local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round for Chicago. The seven-acre site will included:
in Jackson Park at the intersection of S. Cornell Drive & E. Marquette Drive, Chicago, IL 60649.
collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Growing Power manages the Jackson
Park Urban Farm and Community Allotment Garden in Chicago. This half-acre
site is used as a community garden for local gardeners and as a model-urban farm
for Growing Power to supply fresh-produce to Chicago’s south side. At the farm, community members learn gardening basics from Growing
Power’s staff and have the opportunity to farm their own plot.
The Jackson Park Urban Farm
includes space for Growing Power to grow produce in raised beds, training and
education of community residents who use allotment plots, youth development,
community outreach through education programs and the availability of locally
grown fresh, safe and healthy food that exceeds certified organic standards.
The growing beds use Growing Power’s Living Biological Worm System approach and is an active learning tool to teach youth and adults the importance of closed-loop systems and how to grow food in urban soil which is often depleted or contaminated. Learning how to compost using both aerobic and anaerobic digestion methods and the production of valuable vermicompost and compost tea is stressed and part of the hands-on training and demonstration both with gardeners and our youth.
Interested in gardening at Jackson Park? Please email Laurell Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.376.8882.
Education and Outreach:
The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) is an initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.
Market Basket Program:
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Tel. 414.527.1546 / Fax 414.527.1908
Chicago Projects Office: 3333 S. Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60608