Cultivating pathways to freedom
through food and healing

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

The Fresh Moves Mobile Market is a bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers’ market stocked with fresh produce, panty staples, prepared meals, beverages, and value-added products. Fresh Moves works to provide healthy foods to communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides that have historically lacked access. To make Fresh Moves more accessible, we bring our Mobile Market to partner sites such as churches, schools, community centers, and health clinics – places that folks already visit frequently.

The Fresh Moves Mobile Market is temporarily out of service.

We hope to be back up and running in early March. In the meantime, we are donating produce boxes to our partner sites. Please contact the sites directly for information on availability and pick up times.

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

Support our mission!

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Keep up with what’s growing on at our farms! You’ll hear about everything we’ve been up to, see what we’ve been harvesting, and learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved.

Become an
Ambassador

Make a contribution and challenge friends to match it. Pick our organization as your birthday beneficiary. Run a marathon and raise money and awareness. So many great ways to support UGC!

Volunteer
with Us

We couldn’t work towards transforming Chicago communities without the support of our incredible volunteers. Sign up for a one time or a recurring volunteer opportunity.

Purchase our
Produce

Spring through fall, we sell fresh produce at our South Chicago farm stand and offer a CSA subscription. Our mobile grocery store, the Fresh Moves Mobile Market, sells produce through the winter.

Questions?

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