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Rooted in growing food, we cultivate nourishing environments which promote health, economic development, healing, & creativity through urban agriculture.

Urban Growers Collective is a Black- and women-led non-profit farm in Chicago, Illinois working to build a more just and equitable local food system. We aim to address the inequities and structural racism that exist in the food system and in communities of color. Rooted in growing food, our mission is to cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing, and creativity through urban agriculture.

We provide hands-on job training and create economic opportunity for youth, beginner BIPOC farmers, and men who are at high risk for gun violence. Our aim is to provide jobs while working to mitigate food insecurity and limited access to affordable, culturally-affirming, and nutritionally-dense food.

Our team cultivates eight urban farms on 11 acres of land, predominantly located on Chicago’s South Side. These farms are production-oriented but also offer opportunities for staff-led education, training, and leadership development. Our produce is available at farmers’ markets, in our Collective Supported Agriculture program, and at the Fresh Moves Mobile Market.

The Fresh Moves
Mobile Market

Our Fresh Moves Mobile Market is a bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers’ market. The “produce aisle on wheels” works toward closing the ‘food access gap’ by bringing produce to schools, community centers, churches, and health clinics — places that folks already frequent — to make good food accessible in Black and Brown neighborhoods that have been historically divested. Customers board the bus and shop for delicious local fruit, vegetables and grocery staples. The produce is priced to be affordable for all and to provide a fair return for the farmers and makers.

Covid-19 Emergency Food Relief

UGC’s mission has always been to provide our city’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised with healthy and nutritious food, and the urgency to meet this goal has increased ten-fold due to the COVID-19 crisis. When the pandemic began, we worked quickly with partner organizations to activate an emergency food relief Squad. Our Squad directly supports BIPOC-led organizations that grow, process, prepare, and distribute high quality, nutritious meals and produce boxes to folks in need. Unlike other Covid-19 relief efforts, our Squad approach meets the immediate needs of communities while also creating opportunities for these BIPOC-led organizations to expand their operations.

With the help of our donors, our Squad has donated:

13,260+

boxes of fresh produce

6,400+

pounds of produce from our farms

12,775+

prepared meals

1,000,000+

pounds of emergency food

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Purchase
our Produce!

Visit one of our on-site farm stands or farmers’ markets, find a Fresh Moves Mobile Market partner site, or sign up for a Collective Supported Agriculture membership!

Questions?

Reach out at info@urbangrowerscollective.org or (773) 376-8882.