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Covid-19 'No Contact' Produce Pick-up

Buy our produce with a no-contact pick-up at the South Chicago Farm.

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Invest in our work! We can't transform Chicago communities without people like you supporting our efforts. Thank you!

COVID-19 Produce Pick-Up & Donations

Order “no-contact” produce from the farm, and your contribution helps to support weekly produce donations to over 200 residents and clients of our Fresh Moves Mobile Market’s community partners.

UGC’s work has always been to serve our City’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens healthy and nutritious food, and the urgency to meet this mission has increased ten-fold due to the Covid-19 crisis. Please consider helping today to support neighbors in need.

Find out how to order produce and donate directly here.

 

Our Mission

Rooted in growing food, we cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development,

healing and creativity through urban agriculture.

Our logo was inspired by the legacy of the Drinking Gourd. “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd” was a song used by conductors of the Underground Railroad to guide slaves to freedom using the Big Dipper, or in African culture, the imagery of the drinking gourd. Using the north star as their guide, enslaved men, women and children fought their way to freedom. We hope that though our work, we honor the stories and sacrifices of our ancestors. By reclaiming activism and growing food, we give the tools to foster resilience, growth and personal freedom.

OUR STORY

Urban Growers Collective (UGC) was founded  by Laurell Sims and Erika Allen in the fall of 2017. Our approach is to demonstrate and support development of community-based food systems where produce is grown, prepared, and distributed within neighborhoods. In this way, communities help themselves by learning how to provide for their own needs in a sustainable manner.

In addition to farming on 11-acres in Chicago, Urban Growers Collective focuses on two key areas: food access and education.

Food Access:

  • To address food access, we operate the Fresh Moves Mobile Markets, a program that transformed buses into farmers’ markets on wheels and sells fresh, culturally appropriate produce on the West and Southside of Chicago.

Job Training & Community Education:

Our core values as an organization honor shared leadership and collective decision making; racial, economic, gender and LGBTQ equity; as well as employee well being: we have witnessed how these values lead to thoughtful, holistic programming and yield environments that nourish and create prosperity.

Learn about all that we accomplished in 2019!

242 teens employed, 145 pre-schoolers engaged, 40 adult men trained at our urban farm sites.

Read our 2019 Annual Report

Become a Volunteer

Nothing grounds you more than touching the earth and building community. See how you can partner with Urban Growers Collective to add increased capacity to our work and expand our impact.

SUPPORT US TODAY!

Help us build a good foundation for our programming.

Spread The World

Follow us on social media and help spread the word! We are always looking for new volunteers, workshop participants, youth to recruit and new funders. Don't underestimate how powerful sharing our story can be to your friends and family.

Be An Ambassador

Create a personal challenge to recruit 10 friends to give $50 or $100. Pick our organization as your birthday or wedding gift beneficiary. Run the marathon and raise money and awareness for UGC.

Tour the Farm

Organize a tour of the farm with folks from your work, school or place or worship. We have tours every Saturday of the South Chicago farm from May through October.

Buy Our Produce

During the growing season, we sell produce at a variety of locations in Chicago. Look for us at the 61st Street Farmers' Market and our Fresh Moves bus stops.

Urban Growers Collective’s approach is to demonstrate and support development of community-based food systems where produce is grown, prepared, and distributed within neighborhoods. In this way, communities help themselves by learning how to provide for their own needs in a sustainable manner.

INSIGHT FROM OUR TEENS

Your support helps to fund our work, fuel our staff and keep our teens engaged and motivated.  We thank-you for your encouragement and dedication to our cause.